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Oprah: Through The Years

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Nov. 19 2009, Published 2:23 p.m. ET

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Oprah has been in the public eye for 25 years. Let's take a look back at how she's changed before our eyes.

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1. Oprah's show debuted in 1986.

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Oprah's show debuted in 1986.

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2. Thanks to Roger Ebert Oprah decided to syndicate her show.

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Thanks to Roger Ebert Oprah decided to syndicate her show.

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3. Looks like Oprah was taking fashion cues from Patti LaBelle!

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Looks like Oprah was taking fashion cues from Patti LaBelle!

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4. Oprah and Stedman Graham at her 40th birthday bash in 1994.

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Oprah and Stedman Graham at her 40th birthday bash in 1994.

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5. Oprah and her outfit were inspired by Mary Tyler Moore.

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Oprah and her outfit were inspired by Mary Tyler Moore.

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6. Oprah ran a marathon in 1997.

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Oprah ran a marathon in 1997.

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7. Oprah looking a lot leaner.

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Oprah looking a lot leaner.

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8. Oprah's the belle of the ball in her yellow gown.

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Oprah's the belle of the ball in her yellow gown.

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9. Oprah goes for black at the 2002 Vanity Fair party.

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Oprah goes for black at the 2002 Vanity Fair party.

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10. Oprah's known for her boisterous nature. Lots of comics have also benefited from her energy.

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Oprah's known for her boisterous nature. Lots of comics have also benefited from her energy.

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11. Oprah goes classic in winter white.

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Oprah goes classic in winter white.

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12. Oprah goes behind the camera. Although she's done a great deal of acting and producing, Oprah has yet to get into the director's chair.

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Oprah goes behind the camera. Although she's done a great deal of acting and producing, Oprah has yet to get into the director's chair.

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13. Oprah coordinates in varying shades of purple.

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Oprah coordinates in varying shades of purple.

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14. Oprah like to mix up her shapes with a scooped collar, ruffles and a belt.

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Oprah like to mix up her shapes with a scooped collar, ruffles and a belt.

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15. Oprah looks good in red.

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Oprah looks good in red.

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16. Oprah's generosity is legendary.

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Oprah's generosity is legendary.

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17. Oprah attends the 2006 Tony Awards.

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Oprah attends the 2006 Tony Awards.

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18. Oprah sparkles in this green outfit.

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Oprah sparkles in this green outfit.

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19. Oprah knows her shape and dresses for it.

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Oprah knows her shape and dresses for it.

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20. Oprah's legends balls have become legends themselves. At one she gave all the attendees diamond earrings!

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Oprah's legends balls have become legends themselves. At one she gave all the attendees diamond earrings!

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21. Oprah dresses to the max!

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Oprah dresses to the max!

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22. We haven't seen Stedman too much lately.

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We haven't seen Stedman too much lately.

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23. Education has always been important to Oprah. She can't hold back tears at the Howard University commencement, where she received an honorary Doctorate.

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Education has always been important to Oprah. She can't hold back tears at the Howard University commencement, where she received an honorary Doctorate.

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24. Oprah looks even better in her 50s.

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Oprah looks even better in her 50s.

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25. How many gowns does Oprah have!?!

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How many gowns does Oprah have!?!

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26. Stedman's been a fixture in Oprah's life like gal-pal Gale.

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Stedman's been a fixture in Oprah's life like gal-pal Gale.

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27. Oprah served as a producer on "The Great Debaters".

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Oprah served as a producer on "The Great Debaters".

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28. For the first time Oprah publicly endorsed a political candidate, Barack Obama.

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For the first time Oprah publicly endorsed a political candidate, Barack Obama.

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29. Oprah glowing from the inside out!

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Oprah glowing from the inside out!

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30. Oprah and Chicago's Mayor Richard J. Daley went to Copenhagen to try to sway the Olympic vote in Chicago's favor.

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Oprah and Chicago's Mayor Richard J. Daley went to Copenhagen to try to sway the Olympic vote in Chicago's favor.

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