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Oprah Winfrey

From film star to media mogul, Oprah Winfrey has built an empire and secured a legion of devoted fans.

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Defying police in 'Selma'

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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)
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'The Butler'

This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines, left, and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from "Lee Daniels' The Butler." (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Anne Marie Fox)
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Freedom come

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
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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)
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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)
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Presidential visitors

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are pictured with Oprah Winfrey during a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show at Harpo Studios in Chicago, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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On her OWN

Oprah Winfrey chairman of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, announces the new original programming for the channel's Jan. 1, 2011 launch to members of the advertising and media communities, Thursday, April 8, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Going Gaga

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**
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Honorary degree

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
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A powerful woman

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05: Oprah Winfrey arrives to the 17th Annual Women In Entertainment Power 100 Breakfast on December 5, 2008 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katy Winn/Getty Images)
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Book promoter

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 **
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Helping to celebrate

U.S. television presenter Oprah Winfrey arrives for the birthday dinner party of former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela at Hyde Park in London June 25, 2008. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (BRITAIN)
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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.
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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)
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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)
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Red-carpet ready

**FILE** A Feb. 27, 2005 file photo shows talk show host Oprah Winfrey, right, and actress Halle Berry arriving for the 77th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
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In front of, and behind, the camera

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 11: Talk show host Oprah Winfrey attends the 30th Annual People's Choice Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium January 11, 2004 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
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Powerful friends

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).
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Hall of Famer

Inductee Oprah Winfrey at the 12th Annual Broadcasting & Cable Magazine Hall of Fame Gala at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. November 11, 2002. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect.
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Charitable giving

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)
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Cruise control

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)
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W to W

CHICAGO, UNITED STATES: Republican presidential nominee Texas Gov. George W. Bush gives a kiss to Oprah Winfrey after appearing on her show 19 September 2000 in Chicago, Illinois. AFP PHOTO/Tannen MAURY (Photo credit should read TANNEN MAURY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Magazine boss

4/17/00 New York City 'O, The Oprah Magazine' launch party at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Oprah Winfrey with friends Barbara Walters and Diana Ross. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
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Movie star

379298 01: 1998 Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey star in the movie "Beloved." (Photo by Touchstone Pictures / Online USA)
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What's the beef?

381505 01: 1/19/98 Amarillo, TX. Oprah Winfrey outside the federal courthouse. Amarillo cattlemen are suing the talk show host, Oprah Winfrey for bad mouthing beef on her T.V. show.
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Running for the cause

CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - 1997: TV personality Oprah Winfrey running in the 5 km Revlon Run/Walk for Women to raise money for women's cancer organizations. (Photo by Mirek Towski/DMI/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Mirek Towski / Time & Life Pictures
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Furry escort

11/17/96 Los Angeles, Ca Shrine Auditorium Oprah Winfrey at Ebony Magazine's "Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony Magazine"
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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)
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Hot topics

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)
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Weight issues

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)
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Famous friend

Quincy Jones and Oprah Winfrey (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Ron Galella / WireImage
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Oscar nominee

THE COLOR PURPLE, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Rae Dawn Chong, 1985, (c) Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection
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Early promise

Oprah Winfrey, winning an award as Miss WVOL, representing WVOL-AM radio station, in Nashville, TN, circa 1972. She was approximately 18-19 years old.
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