It’s Oprah­ma­nia in the land of the roo

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MEL­BOURNE: Thou­sands of scream­ing fans thronged to wel­come US talk show queen Oprah Win­frey to Aus­tralia yes­ter­day, spark­ing scenes of adu­la­tion usu­ally re­served for roy­alty and rock stars.

Win­frey, 56, yelled out her en­thu­si­asm for Aus­tralia, say­ing she had been wel­comed by open-hearted peo­ple as the crowd waved banners and flow­ers, and blew kisses at the megas­tar who filled Mel­bourne’s Fed­er­a­tion Square to ca­pac­ity. She ap­peared on a stage with Prime Min­is­ter Ju­lia Gil­lard amid scenes rem- inis­cent of the wel­comes af­forded to the Bea­tles and Abba in the 1960s and 1970s and Princess Diana in the 1980s.

In a short speech to fans, some of whom had re­port­edly slept overnight in the square for a chance to see the su­per­star, Win­frey said she was lov­ing her first trip to Aus­tralia. She de­scribed the coun­try as “breath­tak­ing”, say­ing she had flown over the Great Bar­rier Reef, vis­ited Uluru (Ay­ers Rock) in the coun­try’s desert heart­land and had seen koalas mat­ing.

ROCK STARS: Oprah Win­frey with chil­dren on a visit to out­back Aus­tralian land­mark Uluru this week.

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