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Oprah Bails Mom Out

11/24/2009 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Oprah's mom is officially off the hook for a $155,547 bill she owed to a Milwaukee clothing boutique -- and TMZ has learned she has her famous daughter to thank.



Our spies at the Valentina Inc. boutique tell us Oprah personally covered the balance her mother, Vernita Lee, owed for bills she racked up.

Oprah's big gift officially settles the suit the store filed against her mom.

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ilovetheshowmadmen    

d o n't c a r e! Cheap Orkah..
wasn't this from quite awhile back even?

1739 days ago
2.

elena    

I didn't know Oprah's mom was still alive, or is this the step-mom?

1739 days ago
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unbelievable    

Why didn't she pay it before it became a lawsuit?

It would have been a much nicer gift if it was tainted with the lawsuit.

1739 days ago
4.

Only marry foreign women    

Deadbeat mom. Get a job and stop leeching off your kid.

1739 days ago
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FULGY    

Pocket change!!
I bet Gail never has the financial problems Oprah's mother has.

1739 days ago
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unbelievable    

oops - this should have read:

It would have been a much nicer gift if it was NOT tainted with the lawsuit.

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1739 days ago
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flyoverland    

Anything over $11,000 is taxable income to the mother. I hope she remembers to pay taxes on that.

1739 days ago
8.

Balls has no Balls    

Her mom`s a dead beat,just like joe jackson!So what.

1739 days ago
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jan    

Oprah has more money than she could spend in 20 lifetimes, the money she bailed out her Mom with is chump change to Ms. O. Why'd she wait so long? No matter what it is her Mother.

1739 days ago
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Kathy    

Oprah could and should have helped her mother long before she had a lawsuit filed against her. This is an example of the bad advice Oprah has propagated by putting Suze Orman on her show to tell people to never help friends and family members - a mean and cold way of life. At least she finally did the right thing, most likely to avoid more bad press.

1739 days ago
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Daho    

No, her mom isn't dead. She just doesn't talk about her much since I don't think they are that close. She always calls Maya Angelou her "surrogate mom".

1739 days ago
12.

Butterfly    

So sorry she embarrassed her daughter.

1739 days ago
13.

Only marry foreign women    

does O have a dad? or did she eat him too?

1739 days ago
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hmmm    

I don't know why I find it so strange that Oprah has a Mom. LMAO

1739 days ago
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Only marry foreign women    

Oprah sounds like a family wreck. No husband, poor relationship with mother, never mentions father, no children, fiancé for 25 plus years, Maybe she ought to start living the advice she gives.

1739 days ago
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