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Oprah Winfrey portrait unveiled at National Portrait Gallery

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Oprah Winfrey portrait unveiled at National Portrait Gallery

American television mogul Oprah Winfrey poses with her portrait after it was unveiled at Smithsonianu2019s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, U.S., December 13, 2023.

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The former talk show host joins other famous American historical figures at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington

WASHINGTON, USA – Media personality and former talk show host Oprah Winfrey’s portrait was unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery on Wednesday, adding her likeness to a collection of American historical figures.

Winfrey, the host of the long-running The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as a businesswoman and philanthropist, said she never dreamed of having her picture at the Washington museum.

“Of all the dreams that I had, I didn’t even know there was a national gallery,” she said at the unveiling event, referring to her childhood growing up in poverty, after seeing the portrait for the first time. “I am living and breathing God’s dream for me this day.”

The portrait, painted by Chicago-based artist Shawn Michael Warren, depicts Winfrey in a flowing purple gown standing outdoors by a tree.

Her portrait joins that of other famous Americans, including abolitionist Harriet Tubman, President Abraham Lincoln, former President Barack Obama, and former first lady Michelle Obama. – Rappler.com

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