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UPDATED: Oprah Spotted Shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond and Target in Framingham

Patch readers are telling us they spotted Oprah shopping at both Framingham stores this afternoon; and Oprah tweeted she was dorm shopping.

LAST UPDATED: 10:35 p.m.

Framingham resident Andrea Dunne Adrian was shopping in today when she said she saw Orpah just before 4 p.m.

I had to look twice to see if it was really her, she said.

Adrian said she walked up to Oprah and said hello.

"She was very nice and very pleasant," she said.

I told her welcome to our town. She  squeezed my arm and said thanks.

Adrian said she was not with a camera crew, but she did have boduguards with her when she was loading her purchases into her car.

The bodyguards wouldn't let the photographers in the parking lot near her car.

After Oprah left Bed Bath & Beyond she went back to school shopping at Target on Route 30, with 3-5 girls.

We are hearing she was helping a few of her first graduates from her school in Africa get ready for college.

Oprah's website indicated at least one of the graduates of her school in Africa will be a freshman at Wellesley College, but it is not known if she was with Oprah today shopping. (International freshman were asked to arrive at Wellesley tomorrow, Aug. 24. Wellesley College annually sends buses to Target for students to do back-to-school shopping.)

Framingham resident Mario Alvarez, who is the general manager for the MetroWest Colonials, a semi-pro football team, met Oprah at Target.

"She is the most down to Earth celebrity, I've ever met," he said. "I asked her if I could hug her and she said 'Sure, always time for hugs.'"

"On her way out of the store she ok'd for me taking a picture of her and I" said Alvarez."Her bodyguard was very polite but extremely strict on the picture taking."

"For a celebrity of her caliber, she is an awesome person," Alvarez said.

UPDATED 4:30 p.m. - Oprah tweeted "Dorm shopping Bed Bath and Beyond who new so many pillow choices. http://instagr.am/p/OrxT1sSS8E/"

UPDATED 5:45 p.m. Oprah tweeted "Ladies start your shopping. Finishing up at Target. Classes can't start soon enough for me."

Oprah has seven students from her African leadership academy school attending a special summer program at Boston College in Newton. Boston College is the only college or university in the states offering an enrichment program to the graduates of Oprah school to help prepare them for college life.

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If you saw Oprah or took photos, we'd love to hear your encounter too! Email us at framingham@patch.com

Ronda H. Andrews August 24, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I definately agree. This is news for us here in Framingham. Not a Nobel Prize story but ceratinly one worth sharing. I much rather here this than sometimes overplayed stories that go on for days until some other blockbuster knocks them off the page. Thank you.
Cheryl Tully Stoll August 24, 2012 at 06:11 PM
She was at Bed, Bath and Beyond picking up a hostess gift for my dinner party.
Heather Bace August 25, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I love this comment.
Wellesley College Senior August 25, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Could you please refrain from being vague by referring to her school as being in "Africa"? The continent is large and consists of over fifty countries; the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy is in South Africa. Please make an effort to be specific when writing or speaking about African countries; how come other places are hardly ever referred to in this manner? As an African -- a Tanzanian, to be exact -- I find this frustrating and almost offensive.
Gerald C W Heng Sr. August 25, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Is Oprah Winfrey running for Elected Office for Chief Selectman of Framingham or next Governor of Massachusetts ? or campaigning for her Appointment as Next UN Secretary-General a la Koffi Annan ? H a Ha Ha Excitements are in the Air of Metrowest Boston/Framingham ! GCW Heng Sr.

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