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Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, comedian, and philanthropist who is best known for her syndicated talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show from 1986 to 2011, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history. She has also been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest African-American philanthropist in American history, and was for a time the world's only African-American billionaire. She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world. In addition, she also known for her role as Sofia Johnson in Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed period drama film The Color Purple in which she received an nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and has also starred in historical drama films: Lee Daniel's The Butler and Ava DuVernay's Selma.

For Disney, she voiced Eudora in the 2009 animated film The Princess and the Frog. Additionally, she played Sethe in and produced the movie Beloved, which was released through the Touchstone Pictures banner. She also produced several telefilms for ABC. She played Mrs. Which in A Wrinkle in Time.

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