Oprah Winfrey to receive America’s Highest Civilian Honour

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Oprah Winfrey is to receive America’s Highest Civilian Honour.

President Barack Obama will present the star with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony at the White House later this year.

Oprah Winfrey

Winfrey, former president Bill Clinton, activist Gloria Steinem, former senator Richard Lugar and the Washington Post editor who oversaw its coverage of the Watergate scandal, Ben Bradlee, will also receive the award.

The medal – which now over 500 people have been given – is presented to those who have made “especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavours”.

President John F Kennedy created the Presidential Medal of Freedom 50 years ago.

Winfrey will soon return to acting in Lee Daniels’s The Butler, which centres around Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) – a White House employee who served under eight presidents between 1952 and 1986.

Watch the trailer for The Butler below:

Presidential Medal of Freedom

Presidential Medal of Freedom Photo: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

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