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Oprah Remembers the 'Richness of Life' Philip Seymour Hoffman Embodied

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Oprah Winfrey remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman. (Getty Images)

Oprah just celebrated a milestone birthday and she is not taking it for granted.

"The Butler" actress received the Montecito Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Wednesday night and certainly was in a celebratory mood, but also a grateful one.

In tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead of an apparent heroin overdose on Sunday, Oprah posted on her website an article from the May 2006 issue of O magazine where he shared a few books that made a difference to him. 

"Remind me of the books?" Oprah asked us in a testing manner when we brought it up. (You can't take the journalist out of the actress.)

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Prepared, we recounted a few that, looking back, had a striking parallel with his life: "Into the Wild," "The Sportswriter," "Independence Day," "Revolutionary Road," and "A Thousand Acres."

"That's right," she smiled, then paused, and shared her memory of him during that time.

"[What I remember] is that here was a person who had, you know, embodied the richness of life," she told Yahoo. "He embodied the richness of life in every way."

That is clearly something Winfrey appreciates as well. Reporters on the carpet asked Oprah what she thinks about life now that she's 60.

"I owned it! I'm 60 and a week, baby," she quipped, before getting serious.

"First I thought this — I thought about all of the people that didn't make it," Winfrey continued. "I thought about 9/11. I thought about all of the people who got up, took their dogs out the same way I did. They made their coffee, they made their tea, they put their robes on, and they went off for the day and never made it. They were 22, 37, 48, 52, and they would never see 60. So I thought about that."

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"And I thought about how remarkable that I've had this amazing life, I get to be here in this town, and that I get to be 60," the media mogul exclaimed. "What's great about 60 is you are through with the bulls--t, baby. You are really, truly through. [At] 60, you are chilled. You have a sense of knowing who you are inside and out and it's good."

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