What Is Oprah Winfrey’s Big Family Secret?

Vernon Winfrey and Oprah Winfrey

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01/24/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET

She certainly has people guessing.

Oprah Winfrey’s announcement last Friday that she will make a blockbuster personal revelation on Monday’s show has prompted fevered interest in what, exactly, the big secret is.

“Over the past 25 years, The Oprah Winfrey Show has reunited a lot of people. But this time, Oprah is the one being reunited,” says a note on her Web site. “Hear the family secret she’s been keeping for months, straight from her.”

Who is this mystery person? Some believe it’s a previously unknown family member – possibly a birth parent, or as Winfrey biographer Kitty Kelley has alleged, a half-sister named Bunny who was given up for adoption at birth.


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