Oprah Winfrey pays cash for resort house

March 29, 1992|By Ruth Ryon | Ruth Ryon,Los Angeles Times

Oprah Winfrey, the former Baltimore news anchor whose ABC talk show has been nationally syndicated since 1986, has purchased a house for $1.4 million and 80 acres for $3 million, all in Telluride, Colo.

Ms. Winfrey, whose revenues from her show and TV-film studio were estimated to total about $39 million last year, will produce and host ABC's "Afterschool Specials" this season.

Besides appearing daily on her own show, she was on the Arts & Entertainment Network earlier this year in the documentary series "The Class of the 20th Century," which ended earlier this month. She has also starred in movies, winning acclaim in "The Color Purple."

She is also known for her acting, primarily as Sofia in the 1985 film "The Color Purple."

Ms. Winfrey lives in Chicago, where she produces her Emmy-winning show through her Harpo Productions ("Oprah" spelled backward) in the 88,000-square-foot movie studio and TV complex, which she also owns along with a 160-acre farm in nearby Indiana.

She bought in Telluride, "because she likes to ski and snowmobile," a source said.

When she rented the log-and-stone home, over New Year's at $1,500 a night, "she fell in love with it," he added.

She paid cash for the newly built home and the land, where she plans to build another house within the next two years.

"Then the existing home will be used for guests," the source said.

The existing home has three master bedrooms, each with a Jacuzzi tub, and a massive fireplace in 5,000 square feet.

It also has a guest house with a kitchen and a living room.

The home is next to a chairlift on a ski run at Telluride Mountain Village, where such celebrities as Keith and Robert Carradine and Susan St. James also own vacation getaways.

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