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The Academy honors Oprah with elite Founders Award

Oprah Winfrey has received the Founders Award for her international broadcast career and philanthropic initiatives from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton presented the award to Winfrey, host of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," during Monday night's International Emmy Awards gala in New York.

"Her accomplishments as a television pioneer, actress, film producer, editorial director and philanthropist have established her as one of the most respected and admired public figures today," the academy said of the talk-show host in a statement on its Web site.

Winfrey, 51, recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of her syndicated show.