VIDEO: Author Kitty Kelley Claims She Knows Real Identity Of Oprah's Father

Apr. 12 2010, Published 1:35 p.m. ET

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The new tell-all, unauthorized biography on Oprah Winfrey from celebrity author Kitty Kelley divulges many secrets about the media mogul, but the author says that the one she didn’t reveal is the true identity of Oprah’s father, and has the details.

On the Today Show Monday, Kelley was interviewed by Matt Lauer who didn’t delve into the salacious details about the book, but Kitty did talk about how she found out about the real identity of Oprah’s father.

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“The hardest thing was getting drawn into the secrets myself,”  Kelley told Lauer. She said that it was Oprah’s aunt in Mississippi who revealed the secret to her. “I spent three day with her and in that time she told me who Oprah’s real father was and swore me to secrecy.”

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Oprah: A Biography was based on more than 850 interviews by people who were current or former employees of the media titan, Kelley told the Today Show.  She said that many people in the media, including Barbara Walters and Larry King refused to talk with her because they were afraid of alienating Oprah.

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A source who knows Oprah’s mother Vernita confirmed to that she does not have Oprah’s phone number, which Kelley alleged in her book.  “The assistant tells Oprah what her mother wants and then the assistant calls Vernita back and tells her what Oprah said,” the source told, but added that Oprah does talk to her mother directly at times.



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