By Brent Furdyk.

Oprah Winfrey sure knows how to throw a party.

Oprah Daily is reporting on the epic three-day birthday bash that Winfrey threw for Ava DuVernay, celebrating the Emmy-winning director’s 50th birthday at Winfrey’s home in Maui.

In attendance were Oprah’s BFF Gayle King, Niecy Nash and Colman Domingo.

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As Winfrey recalled, her friendship with DuVernay began a decade ago while she was working on Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” back in 2012, when her co-star David Oyelowo recommended she check out an indie film called “Middle of Nowhere”, which DuVernay had directed.

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“I then Googled who directed the movie because I had not heard of Ava DuVernay at the time,” she said. “There was this beautiful photograph of this lovely Black woman who was wearing glasses just like me. I thought, I want to be her friend.”

Winfrey was so impressed by DuVernay’s film that she threw a Mother’s Day brunch at her home, just “so I could invite her.” Then, when the two began working together on the film “Selma,” Winfrey added, she and DuVernay “actually became friends.”

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Speaking to all her loved ones, DuVernay said, “I could lose it, so I’m not going to. I’m going to keep it all together and say I ask God, ‘What did I do to deserve this gathering of people coming from all the places that you did to be with me on these days? And what did I do to deserve a friend who’d create this moment for us all?’ So I don’t know what I did, but maybe He’ll tell me. I’m going to be listening, and I’ll be thanking you all throughout the time here, and thanking you forever for this.”




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