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From film star to media mogul, Oprah Winfrey has built an empire and secured a legion of devoted fans.
I have a dream
Oprah Winfrey (L) is pictured during a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington August 28, 2013. Thousands of marchers gathered on Washington's national mall on Wednesday to commemorate civil rights leader King's famous "I have a dream" speech 50 years ago as activists said his goal of racial harmony remains elusive. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY ENTERTAINMENT)— Jason Reed / X00458
US President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to broadcast journallist Oprah Winfrey during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on November 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Medal of Freedom is the country's foremost civilian honor. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images— Mandel Ngan / AFP
YOU get a thank you, and YOU get a thank you...
In this May 17, 2011 photo,Oprah Winfrey acknowledges fans during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," in Chicago. The Oprah Winfrey Show influenced personal finances in big and small ways. Most obviously, the show regularly counseled viewers on major money matters. But the show also influenced everyday pocket book decisions. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)— Kiichiro Sato / AP
Honor from Hizzoner
In one of his last acts before leaving office next week, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley presents TV talk-show host Oprah Winfrey with a sign after a street was named in her honor outside her Harpo Studios in Chicago, Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Winfrey will end her 25 year-run on daytime television in Chicago on May 25. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)— M. Spencer Green / AP
In this publicity image released by Harpo productions, talk show host Oprah Winfrey, right, wears sunglasses and holds a hair bow given to her by Lady Gaga, left, after a live broadcast of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, in Chicago. The Pop singer performed on the show a day after calling off a concert at Purdue University because of an undisclosed illness. (AP Photo/Harpo Productions, George Burns) **NO SALES**— George Burns / Harpo Productions
Backed by Oprah
Executive producers Tyler Perry (R) and Oprah Winfrey walk the red carpet at the AFI Fest 2009 gala screening of their new film "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire" in Hollywood November 1, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT)— Fred Prouser / X00224
Chicago's failed Olympic bid
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama sits with television talk show host Oprah Winfrey, second right, and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, right, at the opening ceremonies of the the 121st International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session and XIII Olympic Congress at the Copenhagen Opera House, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, in Copenhagen. Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo are competing to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and the IOC will choose the winning city in a vote on Friday, Oct. 2, in Copenhagen. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)— Charles Dharapak / AP
The queen of daytime
Oprah Winfrey performs with the Black Eyed Peas's Fergie, center, and will.i.am, left, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009 in Chicago while taping an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on a three-block stretch of Michigan Avenue near the Chicago River, to celebrate the 24th season of her show. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)— Kiichiro Sato / AP
Oprah Winfrey, smiles at Duke president Richard Brodhead, after receiving her honorary degree from Duke University during graduation exercises at Duke University on Sunday, May 10, 2009 in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/The News and Observer, John Rottet)— John Rottet / The News and Observer
In this photo released by Harpo Productions, Oprah Winfrey holds a copy of her latest book club pick during taping for her live show Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, in Chicago. Winfrey chose David Wroblewski's "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle," calling the debut novel a classic and the "best novel I've read in a long, long, long time." (AP Photo/Harpo Productions, Inc., George Burns) ** NO SALES **— George Burns / Harpo Productions, Inc.
The 'O' endorsement
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey (R) talks with U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (C) and his wife Michelle Obama at an Obama' 08 fund-raiser for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, hosted by Winfrey at her home in Montecito, California in this September 8, 2007 file handout photo. Celebrity political endorsements do not get much bigger than Oprah's. The media spotlight is expected to shine this weekend on big crowds at four joint appearances by Winfrey and Obama. REUTERS/Harpo. Inc./Handout (UNITED STATES). EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO ARCHIVES. NO SALES.— Ho / X80001
For the girls
**FILE** This Jan. 2, 2007 file photo shows U.S. talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, center, during an opening ceremony of her Leadership Academy for Girls School at Henley-on-Klip, South Africa. For today's celebs, charity work has almost become part of the job as their star power names became affiliated with everything from domestic violence to breast cancer. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, FILE)— Denis Farrell / AP
Oprah, Dave ... Dave, Oprah
David Letterman walks hand-in-hand with Oprah Winfrey from the Ed Sullivan Theater to the premiere of Winfrey's new musical "The Color Purple" at the nearby Broadway Theater after Winfrey made an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)— Jason Decrow / AP
CAPE TOWN - NOVEMBER 27: American television presenter Oprah Winfrey and British singer Bono attend a gala dinner held at the Vergelegen Estate outside Cape Town prior to the "Give 1 Minute to AIDS" concert for The Nelson Mandela Foundation's 46664 campaign held at Greenpoint Stadium on November 27, 2003 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images).— Dave Benett / Getty Images Europe
American talk show host Oprah Winfrey stands in front of hundreds of children in Durban, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002. The children are some of the tens of thousands who will recieve gifts of food , clothing, athletic shoes, school supplies, books and toys as part of Winfrey's philanthropic trip for her charity, the Oprah qwinfrey Foundation. (AP Photo/Benny Gool)— Benny Gool / AP
Actor Tom Cruise, left, and talk show host Oprah Winfrey laugh during taping of Winfrey's show Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, in Chicago. Cruise, whose new movie, "Vanilla Sky," is scheduled for release this month, talked about his break-up with Nicole Kidman, their children and his new relationship with actress Penelope Cruz. The show is scheduled to air Monday, Dec. 10. (AP Photo/The Oprah Winfrey Show, George Burns)— George Burns / HARPO PRODUCTIONS, INC
Golden girl, and her man
Stedman Graham hugging fiancee, talk show host Oprah Winfrey, as she shows off the two Emmy awards she won for best TV talk show & best host at the Daytime Emmy Awards. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Twin Images/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)— Robin Platzer / Time & Life Pictures
TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey consoling distraught mourner during segment of The Oprah Winfrey Show entitled Town Meeting at Buffalo United Methodist Church, re fellow townswoman Susan Smith who drowned her sons, Alex & Michael in her car in a loca.l lake (Photo by Taro Yamasaki//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)— Taro Yamasaki / Time & Life Pictures
Television talk show host Oprah Winfrey shows off her new figure as she stands in front of 68 pounds of fat inside a toy wagon, in Chicago, Ill, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1988. Winfrey credited her 68-pound weight loss to a liquid diet and excercise. Her goal was to fit into a size 10 pair of blue jeans for the first time on her syndicated TV show. (AP Photo/Charles Bennet)— Anonymous / AP