Happy Birthday, Oprah! See Her Life and Career Through the Years, in Photos

As the media mogul turns 68, look back on her early beginnings and amazing accomplishments

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Oprah Winfrey - 1971

As a teen competing in the Miss Fire Prevention competition of Nashville, 1971

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As a young news anchor in Baltimore, 1978

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Hosting the show People Are Talking, 1978

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The Color Purple - 1985
Oprah Winfrey in the 1985 film adaptation of The Color Purple. Warner Bros/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

Making her film debut in The Color Purple, 1985

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On her eponymous talk show, 1986

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Showcasing her weight loss on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 1988

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With longtime partner Stedman Graham at the Daytime Emmy Awards, 1995

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54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Show
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Accepting the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 2002

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At a ribbon cutting for her Leadership Academy for Girls school in South Africa, 2007

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Oprah Obama 2008
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With Barack and Michelle Obama at a New Hampshire campaign rally, 2008

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Dinner In Honour Of Nelson Mandela - Inside
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With Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel at Mandela's 90th birthday party, 2008

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Usa Medal of Freedom White House - Nov 2013
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Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, 2013

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Selma - 2014
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With costar David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay in the movie Selma, 2014

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NY Premiere of OWN's Documentary Series "Belief" - Inside, New York, USA - 14 Oct 2015
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With best friend Gayle King at an OWN event, 2015

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"A Wrinkle In Time" Film - 2018
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In the movie A Wrinkle in Time, 2018

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75th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Show
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Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, 2018

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Premiere Of OWN's "Love Is_" - Arrivals
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At an event for her television network OWN, 2018

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