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Oprah Winfrey: Entertainer of the decade

A look at what's next for the talk show queen

Few celebrities have a platform broad and respected enough to endorse both crocheted Uggs and a presidential candidate. But Oprah Winfrey has created a veritable Oprah-verse through her taste and branding. She recently announced plans to end her daytime talk show — after an extraordinary 25-year run — in 2011 and focus on her own network, appropriately titled OWN. Winfrey, 55, is long past needing a day job anyway. Her dominion now includes movies (Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire), publishing (O: The Oprah Magazine), theater (The Color Purple musical), radio (Sirius XM’s Oprah Radio channel), politics (hello, President Obama!), and education (the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa). So what’s in store for the Big O in the next decade? Aside from launching OWN, Winfrey says she might not mind a return to the big screen. ”I love the idea of getting back into acting,” admits the Oscar nominee for 1985’s The Color Purple. ”I love the feeling I get when I’m on the set of a movie I really care about.”


”I’ve made my decisions based on what was right for me at the time. That feeling is how I operate in business. Trust your instincts — intuition doesn’t lie.” — Oprah Winfrey