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Oprah Winfrey Makes History with Cecil B. DeMille Award

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Oprah Winfrey attends the world premiere of "BOO! A Madea Halloween" held at ArcLight Cinerama Dome on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

Oprah Winfrey will be the first Black woman to receive the Cecil D. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

The ceremony is set to take place Jan. 7 and is meant for stars who have “made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment,” PEOPLE reports.

“As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today,” HFPA President Meher Tatna told PEOPLE. “For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades.”

In 1986, the actress, entrepreneur and TV star was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in The Color Purple. Winfrey, 63, a notable actress, producer, entrepreneur and TV star, also received an Oscar nomination for the role.

She joins a plethora of A-listers such as Audrey Hepburn, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams and Sophia Loren.

 

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