Media mogul Oprah Gail Winfrey turned 70 on Monday.
And she took to Instagram to say hello to her Instagram followers for the first time as a septuagenarian: “We're celebrating her 70th birthday with a run on the beach.” “Thanks for all the birthday love.”
The billionaire star, who is currently busy promoting his film The Color Purple, received recognition from friends on social media.
CBS shared a post on
Viola Davis shared a photo with Oprah and wrote: “Happy Birthday Queen @Oprah!! Keep growing, fighting, changing… I celebrate you today ❤️❤️❤️”
Nate Berkus added, “Happy birthday to the best!”
Tyler Perry said: “Happy 70th birthday, Oprah!” What a journey! What a life! You make us all so proud.'
Maria Shriver told Oprah she hopes her 70th birthday is “fun,” adding that she “loves” the star.
“You’re on the right track,” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s former wife added.
Oprah Winfrey is 70! Here she speaks at a podium early in her career, during her time at WJZ, Baltimore, Maryland, on January 20, 1978
Winfrey poses for a portrait before the 22nd Daytime Emmy Awards in 1995 at the Marquis Hotel in New York
Winfrey was born poor in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later grew up in inner-city Milwaukee. He was then sent to Vernon Winfrey in Nashville, Tennessee. Oprah began her rise to the top of the media world at a young age; Seen earlier this month
Winfrey felt “so much pressure” from others about how she should celebrate her 70th birthday.
The media mogul revealed that many of her friends tried to convince her to do “something big” for the occasion, but she instead chose to spend her time reflecting on the woman she has become.
In an essay for her OprahDaily website, she said: “I was under so much pressure from all my friends to do something big, something special; to host a dinner, a party or a lunch – or to go somewhere, for example a spa, a hike, a resort or to meditate in Nepal.
“I thought about everything, considered all their suggestions and finally did what a friend, Wintley, recommended.” He said: “You are too blessed to feel stress. Enjoy the scents of your extraordinary life.” It reminded me of the last line of Love After Love, one of my favorite poems by Derek Walcott: “Sit. Feast on your life.”
“So that's what I did – looking through old diaries, photos, memory boxes, celebrating, enjoying and marveling at the discovery, the pain, the joy and the wonder of 70 years of growing into the woman who I am.”
The former talk show host added that while turning 70 has made her realize that there is more time behind her than in front of her, she feels “great satisfaction” that every year so far has been “worth it.”
She said, “What I'm celebrating this birthday (and beyond) is knowing that the person I know myself to be and the work that has come directly from being what I know are important.” Man, how painfully time flies.
“Seventy resonates and certainly lets you know that you don't have as many years left as you've already used up.” It gives me great satisfaction to accept that the rise has been worth it every time, no matter how many suns are left.”
Oprah seems ready to turn 70.
The superstar told People last week, “Gratitude is really my religion,” adding that the color purple was “a spiritual opening for me to see my life in a different way” at that time in her life.
She added that her lifelong goal is to help others rise. “I'm still rising and I'm now in a situation where my offer is to help other people rise,” Winfrey said. “The underlying principle, the cornerstone of how I act in the world.”…Life is better when shared.'
Winfrey was born poor in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later grew up in inner-city Milwaukee. He was then sent to Vernon Winfrey in Nashville, Tennessee.
Gayle King celebrates her longtime friend Oprah Winfrey's 70th birthday with a fitting tribute to Gayle's grandson Luca.
King, 69, who first met Winfrey when they both worked at a Baltimore television station in the late 1970s, showed a video of the queen of all media reading to Luca.
Oprah read the children's book “Little Blue Truck's Christmas,” which King said was taken during her Christmas vacation, according to the caption.
“I'm happy to say that @oprah is still a very good reader at 70!” “Even though my favorite grandson Luca is too young to understand how special that moment was over the Christmas holidays, it wasn't lost on me “King began.
She added: “When asked how she wanted to spend her birthday, she replied: “No presents, no parties, no surprises!”
“Her love was to sit by the fire with a good book and enjoy the aroma of her life! Happy Birthday, Oprah!!' King concluded.
The adorable video showed Oprah reading the story to Luca, the two-year-old son of King's daughter Kirby Bumpus.
Oprah also helped young Luca pronounce various words, adding at the end of the book, “Aunt O really enjoyed reading the book to you… and now Aunt O is going to take some time,” while King can be heard laughing behind her Camera.
Gayle King celebrates her longtime friend Oprah Winfrey's 70th birthday with a fitting tribute to Gayle's grandson Luca
King, 69, who first met Winfrey when they both worked at a Baltimore television station in the late 1970s, showed a video of the queen of all media reading to Luca
On Instagram, she greeted her Instagram followers for the first time as a septuagenarian: “We’re celebrating her 70th birthday with a run on the beach.” “Thank you for all the love on your birthday.”
Oprah began her rise to the top of the media world at a young age. While in school, she learned how to get a voice on the radio.
When she was just 19 years old, the cover girl landed a position as co-anchor for the evening news.
Next came her eponymous show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which asked some tough questions while providing women with meaningful information about therapy, relationships and spirituality.
The show was broadcast from Chicago and ran nationally for 25 years, from 1986 to 2011.
She took an empathetic approach to interviews that made viewers trust her.
She also played.
Oprah's role as Sofia in the 1986 film The Color Purple, based on the novel by Alice Walker, earned her widespread praise. Now she has produced her own version.
Her current platform is Oprah Daily.
CBS shared a segment on X for Gayle King, who is Oprah's close friend
“Happy 70th birthday, Oprah! Gayle King sends her best friend a birthday wish – and shares some of the words Oprah herself wrote for the occasion.
Viola Davis called the mogul a “queen” as she said she would celebrate the star
Nate Berkus added, “Happy birthday to the best!”
Tyler Perry said: “Happy 70th birthday, Oprah!” What a journey! What a life! You make us all so proud'
Maria Shriver shared a picture with Oprah as she said she 'loves' her
This comes a month after she opened up about the immense pain she felt from being body-shamed for decades.
The star was one of the more rounded personalities on television.
And haters used to troll her for being taller, even though she could carry her weight well and style herself perfectly to show off her curves.
Now she's telling it People She is well aware that she was shamed the whole time and had to deal with that. “For 25 years, making fun of me was a public sport,” she told the publication.
And only recently did she realize that she had been blaming herself for being overweight all these years.
This comes after she finally admitted that she had been taking weight loss medication for her dramatic body transformation – after previously denying that she would ever take Ozempic or similar weight loss medications.
Winfrey spoke out in December about the immense pain she felt from being body-shamed for decades. Seen in 1992
This comes after she finally admitted that she had been taking weight loss medication for her dramatic body transformation – after previously denying that she would ever take Ozempic or similar weight loss medications. Seen on January 14th
“The things that were said about me, said to me, around me, the jokes that were made.” “You couldn't get away with that in the slightest today,” the star said.
“I was on the cover of a magazine and it said: Dumpy, Frumpy and Downright Lumpy,” Winfrey said of a cruel headline she wrote early in her career.
“I just accepted it and wasn’t angry. I felt sad. I felt violated. I felt shame. But it didn't occur to me that I could even be angry.
“I swallowed the shame and accepted that it was my fault.”
In July, during Oprah Daily's “Life You Want” series, she changed her perspective on shame.
“I, along with a lot of people in the audience, had the biggest aha,” she said.
“I realized that I had been blaming myself for being overweight all these years, and I have a disposition that no amount of willpower can control.”
She then said: “Obesity is a disease. It’s not about willpower – it’s about the brain.”
And haters used to troll her for being taller, even though she could carry her weight well and style herself perfectly to show off her curves. Seen in 2000
Winfrey said she read up on obesity, spoke to a doctor and took medication.
Only then did she “let go of my own shame about it.”
“Now I use it as I feel I need to, as a tool to cope without yo-yoing,” she said.
“The fact that there is a doctor-approved prescription to control my weight and stay healthier during my lifetime feels like a relief, like a redemption, like a gift and not something I hide behind and still “I have to make fun of it once.”
“I’m completely done with being shamed by other people and especially myself.”
This came after Winfrey said during a discussion with WeightWatchers CEO Sima Sistani that she would not take Ozempic and similar drugs in the class of weight loss drugs because she viewed them as an “easy way out.”
And only recently did she realize that she had been blaming herself for being overweight all these years. (seen on the left last week and on the right in 2019)
The star revealed that she took the medication before Thanksgiving because she knew she would be “eating right for two weeks,” and credits the medication with helping her gain only half a pound instead of eight pounds, adding, that it “muffles the noise of the meal.”
Winfrey said she is now seven pounds away from her goal weight of 160 pounds, but said, “It's not about the number.”
She said knee surgery in 2021 provided the impetus for her to improve her health and live a “more vibrant and vibrant life.”
The broadcasting icon said she now eats her last meal at 4 p.m., drinks a gallon of water daily, and uses WeightWatchers principles of point-keeping in addition to regular hikes.
She added that her fitness and health routine was crucial to maintaining her weight loss, saying: “That's it.” I know everyone thought I was there, but I worked so damn hard. “I know that if I don’t train and be vigilant about everything else, it won’t work for me.”
She said: “I had an awareness of it [weight-loss] medication, but I felt like I had to prove I had the willpower to do it. Now I don't feel that way anymore.'
Winfrey said she was encouraged to use medical medications for weight loss after July's recorded panel discussion with weight loss experts and doctors – which led to her “biggest aha moment.” The conversation was published online in September and Winfrey strenuously denied that she would ever take weight loss medication.
She said: “I realized that I had been blaming myself for being overweight all these years, and I have a disposition that no amount of willpower can control.” Obesity is a disease. It's not about willpower – it's about the brain.
During the discussion, the experts emphasized that obesity is a metabolic disease in which some bodies are “more prone to storing more fat” – also known as adipose tissue.
In July, during Oprah Daily's “Life You Want” series, she changed her perspective on shame. “I, along with a lot of people in the audience, had the biggest aha,” she said. “I realized that I had been blaming myself for being overweight all these years, and I have a disposition that no amount of willpower can control.” She then said, “Obesity is a disease.” It’s not about willpower – it’s about the brain”; seen in 1992
In 1988, just two years after The Oprah Winfrey Show launched, the TV legend revealed in an episode that she had lost 37 pounds in four months thanks to an all-liquid diet – and celebrated by carrying a cart full of fat the stage rolled
“One of the things that I was so ashamed of, and even when I first heard about the weight loss medications, I was having knee surgery at the same time and I felt like, 'I have to do that to mine.' “Actually, because if I take the drug, it’s the easy way out.”
“Part of me feels like I have to do it the hard way, I have to keep climbing the mountains, I have to keep suffering – the way I think a lot of people feel after bariatric surgery” and that has to I do this because otherwise I would somehow have cheated myself.'
She concluded: “As a person who has been shamed for so many years.” [about my weight]“I’m just tired of it.”