However, the relationship was eventually mended in 1990 when Oprah welcomed her mother onto her show for a personal stylist makeover.
Oprah Winfrey's mother, Vernita Lee, has died at the age of 83. While one might think Oprah is always hustling, never worrying about others, she is, in fact, one of the biggest contributors to charity in the world. A spokesperson for Winfrey told the publication her mother has already been laid to rest at a private funeral.
Actress Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film "A Wrinkle In Time" in London.
Memorial donations in Lee's name can be made to Feeding America.
Oprah had two half-siblings on her mother's side.
"I suddenly land in a place that's completely foraging to me", she said in an interview with Huffington Post in 2015.
Lee was born in 1935 in MS and gave birth to Oprah in 1954. She is survived by her daughters, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She said: "Thank you all for your kind words and condolences regarding my mother Vernita Lee's passing".
Vernita also had a son named Jefferey, but he died in 1989 from AIDS. She was 83 years old, ' the statement read.
There are reports Vernita retired from a hospital dietitian job sometime after she reconnected with O, moved into a luxury condo in Milwaukee and got a stipend from her famous daughter of $5k a month.
When asked the moment she felt the most pride for Winfrey's achievements, she cited the star's multi-Oscar nominated film The Colour Purple. I don't really even know my mother, ' Oprah told Huffpost.