Oprah Winfrey through the years

POSTED: 7:45 AM Jun 13 2011   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Jan 29 2015

With Oprah Winfrey celebrating her 61st birthday on Thursday, join us for a look at the media giant and television personality through the years.

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Oprah Winfrey has been part of the American cultural landscape for nearly 30 years. Here's a look at some moments in the life of the media icon over the years.