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The Five Most Oprah Things That Ever Happened

Jessica Moulite |
January 29, 2015 | 2:35 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

Happy birthday, Oprah! (Twitter/@VibeMagazine)
Happy birthday, Oprah! (Twitter/@VibeMagazine)
Very few people can rival Oprah Winfrey in, well, most things.

From television and print to the big screen, Oprah has changed what it means to be everything from a mogul to a philanthropist. 

So, in honor of her 61st birthday, here are five of Oprah’s most “Oprah” moments ever! 

"The Oprah Winfrey Show"

“The Oprah Winfrey Show” first debuted in 1986 and stayed on the air for an impressive 25 seasons during which she not was not only "the first woman in history to own and produce her own talk show," she brought important social and controversial issues of the day to the forefront and into American households. She even provided society with the fun, little phrase, “YOU GET A CAR! YOU GET A CAR!” 

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(WikiMedia/Neon Tommy)


When “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ended in 2011 that was by no means the end of Oprah as a household name. In fact, O decided to create her own network using her initials


Despite all of Winfrey’s success and wealth, she never forgets to give back however she can. Two of the biggest ways in which the star has done so are by building schools in South Africa and establishing Oprah's Angel Network, which encourages "people around the world to make a difference in the lives of others."

Oprah at the Critics' Choice Awards. (Instagram/Neon Tommy)
Oprah at the Critics' Choice Awards. (Instagram/Neon Tommy)

Oprah uses her star power to tell important stories that ordinarily might have been ignored, like with "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Beloved." Most recently, Oprah worked on the film "Selma" in a supporting role and as a producer. 

READ MORE: #OscarsSoWhite Brings To Light Lack Of Diversity Within 2015 Nominees And The Academy 

Social Media

Oprah is so Oprah that she has over 3 million followers on Instagram, but does not follow anyone. 

That's so Oprah. (Instagram/Neon Tommy)
That's so Oprah. (Instagram/Neon Tommy)

In the words of O herself, “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”

Well said, Oprah. Well said.

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