Irish film-maker joins Oprah as TV life coach

One of Ireland’s leading short film-makers has joined Oprah Winfrey as a life coach on her latest US television programme.

Marie O’Riordan, who has gained an international reputation as a media strategist, was invited by Oprah’s Harpo Studios and the Oprah Winfrey Network in February to travel to the US to be part of the premiere of Oprah’s Lifeclass: The Tour.

This led to Marie being interviewed for Oprah’s Lifeclass TV show.

The programme was recorded at the Peabody Opera House in St Louis, Missouri.

Marie, 36, has enjoyed a 21-year career that combines radio, television, film making and inspirational talks to business leaders around the world.

An award winning philanthropist, Marie has built a business across 150 countries with Fortune 500 companies and Hollywood actors ranking among her client base. She achieved this without a university degree.

Originally from Croagh, Co Limerick, she was the last person to interview the late Nobel Prize winner, Mother Teresa, in her home in Calcutta, India in 1997, an achievement that sparked Oprah’s interest.

Marie was presented with an honorary ‘Vincent’ Award in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in December for her Third World recycled iPhones project to educate children in Africa.

Fox Television aired a 30-minute TV show about Marie’s business and& experiences last year, filmed on location at Donald Trump’s Trump Towers.

Oprah’s Lifeclass is a self-help programme that, according to Oprah’s Facebook page, showcases “all of Oprah’s lessons, revelations and ‘aha’ moments over the past 25 years broken down to help make your life better, happier, bigger, richer — more fulfilling”.


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