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Oprah Winfrey: A life in pictures

Oprah Winfrey said an emotional goodbye and thanks to her millions of fans in the final episode of her US chat show last night (Wednesday 25 May), bringing the curtain down on a 25-year reign of life-changing TV. Often cited as one of the most influential women of the planet, Oprah's career is as varied as it is awe-inspiring: from queen of chat to TV pioneer, brand merchant supreme to celebrity confidante, charity crusader to holder of peoples' hearts.

Little wonder that she is often urged by her many followers (or Oprahphiles) to run for president; championing a plethora of good causes, creating a near-hysterical frenzy of enthusiasm wherever she goes and asking the questions other people can't or won't are just some of Oprah's many talents.

Click on the images below to launch our gallery of her amazing life in pictures.

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