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Oprah Winfrey -- dubbed "The Most Powerful Person in Show Business" by Entertainment Weekly magazine -- was born Jan. 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Miss., persevering through a harsh childhood to graduate from Tennessee State University.

In the 1970s, Winfrey landed a job as a news anchor and talk show co-host in Baltimore, Md. She later became the first woman in history to own and star in her own phenomenally successful talk show.

Winfrey's rising popularity caught the eye of Steven Spielberg, who cast her as Miss Sofie in his adaptation of The Color Purple (1985), for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. Her later acting roles have included Native Son and Beloved (a film she also produced) and the television movies "The Women of Brewster Place" and "There Are No Children Here."

Oprah Winfrey in Lee Daniels' The Butler

Lee Daniels' The Butler

2013 PG-13

Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker delivers a powerful performance as Cecil Gaines, who served as the White House butler under eight presidents. His three decades of service unfold against a backdrop of unparalleled change in American history.

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