Life in Film: Oprah Winfrey

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There Are No Children Here (1993)

In this made-for-TV adaptation of Alex Kotlowitz's best-selling non-fiction book, Winfrey plays LaJoe Rivers, an impoverished mother trying to shield her children from the violence of life in the Henry Horner Homes, a housing project that is among Chicago's most dangerous. The actress was so moved by the real-life story and the hardships faced by residents of the Horner Homes, she donated her entire acting fee — $1 million — to the children of the projects. 

(Photo: ABC) 

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