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Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King dressed in purple and yellow attend a red carpet event. They're both smiling

Gayle King, Julia Roberts & More Share Birthday Love for Oprah

Oprah Winfrey is celebrating her 70th trip around the sun and she’s being bombarded with love!

The media icon marked her birthday on January 29, opting for a run on the beach and some quiet time. According to an essay published in Oprah Daily, she went through “old journals, photos, memory boxes” and did some “feasting” with those close to her.

No big parties? Nope. Not this year.

In a post on Instagram, presenter and bestie Gayle King explains: “when asked how she wanted to spend her birthday, she said, ‘No gifts, no parties, no surprises!’ Her preference was to sit by the fire with a good book and savour the fragrance of her life!”

She added “Happy Birthday, Oprah!”, sharing a heart-melting video of Ms. O reading to young Luca – Gayle’s grandson.

Oprah’s hairstylist and friend Nicole Mangrum posted a recent photo of them together ahead of a premiere event for The Color Purple: “May the brightest light of love surround you on your special day @oprah. You have been a guiding star and a source of inspiration to me and countless others. May this 70th birthday mark the beginning of your best year yet, filled with joy, blessings, and the manifestation of your deepest desires.”


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Actor Julia Roberts, who appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show numerous times during its run (and clearly remained friends with its charismatic host!) also shared some love on Instagram. Posting a photo of the two of them laughing together at a red carpet event, Julia writes, “Happiest of Birthdays to the shining, guiding light that is Oprah. You are one of a kind and I love you utterly. Laughing with you is beyond joyous.”

Talkshow host Sherrie Shephard said Oprah changed her life and thanked her for her years of guidance and kindness: “Watching you everyday made me believe that some day I could have my own talk show. Watching you be vulnerable made it okay for me to share my anxieties in front of people. The way you deal with life’s adversities makes me know I can be triumphant in my own.”

She added, “Thank you Oprah for reaching out to me and sharing the warmth & protection of your Sisterhood.”

Actor Viola Davis acknowledged the trailblazer that Oprah is: “Continue growing, fighting, shifting…. I celebrate you today.”

Megan Castran, a jewellery-maker who hosted a taco night for Oprah during her visit to Australia – and is endearingly referred to as ‘Oprah’s Aussie best friend” – posted a sweet message on Instagram:

“Happy 70th birthday to my friend @oprah! I wish only the very best for you and am so thankful to have you in my life.”

Now that’s a lot of birthday love to savour!

(Feature Image Credit: Photo of Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Academy Museum of Motion Pictures)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.