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Forbes: The 10 Most Powerful Female Celebrities of 2012

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1. Oprah Winfrey

The queen of media has upped her on-air presence on 24-hour cable channel OWN, bringing in the network's biggest audiences with exclusive interviews with Whitney Houston's family, the Kardashian clan and fellow power woman Lady Gaga. Although the network has struggled with financial losses and disappointing ratings, this year it secured a deal with Comcast to earn subscriber fees and increase the number of households that carry it to 83 million. Winfrey's also revived some former hits. To the delight of publishers everywhere, her popular book club will return on OWN and online, with some updates to include e-book readers. She will also return to the big screen with a role in "The Butler," a true story about a man who served eight U.S. presidents. Winfrey received an Oscar nomination for "The Color Purple" at the beginning of her career in 1985.
(Blue Wasp/Splash News/Newscom)

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