Happy birthday to the queen of all media!
Oprah Winfrey turns 59 on Tuesday, and as the most influential person, like, ever, she’s been guiding, entertaining and wowing us since she first moved to Chicago to start her hosting career in the early ’80s.
After nationally launching The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986, the mega-mogul has continued to blow us away, year after year. Oprah’s show is the highest-rated program of its kind in history (no big deal), and has created its own genre of intimate confessional conversations.
But between interviews with Michael Jackson and Tom Cruise, who infamously jumped for joy over his relationship with Katie Holmeson her couch, Oprah has also created a name, and a world, beyond her television show.
The media proprietor owns her own production company (Harpo), co-founded Oxygen Media, created O, The Oprah Magazine in one of the most successful magazine launches in recent history, shares her opinions with her book club, which is the largest in the world, and has formed her own channel, OWN. To say she’s kind of a big deal is the understatement of the century.
So to celebrate the queen’s big day, we’re taking a look back at Oprah’s career timeline and her most memorable moments.
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Check out our gallery, then let us know what your favorite Oprah moment is!