Talk show host Oprah Winfrey, right, greets her half-sister Patricia during the taping of her show in Chicago.
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey, right, greets her half-sister Patricia during the taping of her show in Chicago.

Ignorance not bliss for Oprah’s half-sister

By Time of article published Feb 10, 2011

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The father of Oprah Winfrey's long-lost half-sister never knew he had fathered a daughter.

Willie Wright – the biological father of the chat show host's newly-discovered sibling Patricia Lofton – has revealed Oprah's mother Vernita Lee didn't make him aware she was expecting a child, but had he known, he would have been happy to raise her.

He explained to the National Enquirer magazine: “I want Oprah and the rest of the family to know that I will be there. It's never too late to be a family.

“Had I known Vernita had a baby by me but didn't want to keep her, I would have taken her in and raised her myself – but I was never told!”

The 79-year-old retired factory worker also claims to have fathered – and help raise – Oprah's half-brother Jeffrey Lee, who died of AIDS complications in 1989, as well as two other children, and admitted he is keen to meet Patricia.

Willie added: “This all started in November. I was shocked. I helped raise Jeffrey and I also raised two other children of mine, so yes, of course, I would have taken baby Patricia – if I had known.

“Now there are plans for Patricia and me to meet. I am looking forward to it.” - Bang Showbiz

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