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Reba at 60: The Country Queen’s Iconic Career in Photos

To celebrate the singer’s birthday, a look back at her journey from aspiring singer to entertainment mogul

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Reba McEntire is one of the most award-winning vocalists in country music history.

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She has a record seven ACM Top Female Vocalist awards and 12 AMA Favorite Country Female wins and is the only solo female artist in country music history to have Number One hits in four straight decades. She has sold 56 million albums worldwide and in addition to her unparalleled recording career, also has actress, business owner, clothing designer, philanthropist and author on her résumé. With all that and the fountain of youth apparently in her backyard, it's good to be Reba. (Yes, she's so universally beloved that she doesn't even need a last name anymore — she's just Reba.) To celebrate the entertainment icon's 60th birthday this Saturday, March 28th, we've collected photos of her spanning from the Seventies to today, and capturing her big personality (and oftentimes bigger hair).

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UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Reba McEntire (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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Seventies Portrait Session

Reba McEntire was born on March 28th, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma. She was discovered by a country music executive when she sang the national anthem at an Oklahoma rodeo, and she made the big move to Music City shortly after — right around the time this photo was taken. The budding singer signed her first record deal in 1975.

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NASHVILLE - CIRCA 1976: Country singer Reba McEntire poses for a portrait session in Nashville, Tennessee in circa 1976. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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1976 Photo Shoot

Reba McEntire poses for a Nashville portrait session in 1976 — the year she released her very first single, "I Don't Want to Be a One Night Stand."

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Reba McEntire (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

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1986 Grammy Awards

Reba attends the 28th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. In 1986, she released her ninth studio album, Whoever's in New England, the title track of which won Best Country Female Vocal Performance at the Grammys.

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13 Oct 1986, Nashville, Tennessee, USA --- Original caption: Nashville, Tenn.: Reba McEntire tearfully accepts the award for "Entertainer of the Year" during Country Music Association awards presentations 10/13 night. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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1986 CMA Awards

Reba McEntire tearfully accepts the award for Entertainer of the Year — the CMA's highest honor — during the 1986 Country Music Association Awards, during which she also took home Female Vocalist of the Year.

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Reba McEntire (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

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1988 ACM Awards

Reba McEntire holds her trophy for Top Female Vocalist at the 23rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

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Reba McEntire The 12th Annual American Music Awards - Press Room Los Angeles, California - 28.01.91 Featuring: Reba McEntire Where: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States When: 28 Jan 1991 Credit: Chris Connor / WENN

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1991 American Music Awards

Reba holds her trophy for Favorite Country Female Artist at the 12th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles on January 28th, 1991.

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No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No Book Cover Usage Mandatory Credit: Photo by Everett Collection/REX USA (253227ck) Reba McEntire - 1992 VARIOUS

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1992 Photo Shoot

In 1992, Reba released her 17th studio album, It's Your Call, which sold two million copies. Among its tracks is her beloved Vince Gill duet, "The Heart Won't Lie."

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - APRIL 13: Reba McIntire performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on April 13, 1993 in Mountain View California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

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1993 California Concert

Reba McEntire performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on April 13th, 1993 in Mountain View, California. That same year, she released her second album of greatest hits, which included a new duet: the Grammy-winning "Does He Love You" with Linda Davis.

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CANADA - AUGUST 24: Reba McEntire (Photo by Patti Gower/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

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1994 Toronto Concert

Reba McEntire plays Toronto's Baldwin Room on August 24th, 1994. That was the year her 18th studio album, Read My Mind, came out, spawning the Top 10 singles, "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," "Till You Love Me," "And Still" and "Why Haven't I Heard From You."

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Country superstars l-r Reba McEntire, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn perform together at the Rosemont Horizon. July 26, 1997. (Photo by James Crump/WireImage)

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1997 Concert With Brooks & Dunn

Country superstars Reba McEntire, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn perform together at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois on July 26th, 1997. The artists were on a co-headlining tour together that led to their now-classic duet, "If You See Him/If You See Her."

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UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 04: ROYAL ALBERT HALL Photo of Reba McENTIRE (Photo by Nicky J. Sims/Redferns)

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1999 London Concert

Reba McEntire performs in London in 1999. That year, she released two albums: The Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection and So Good Together. The latter spawned her first-ever crossover hit, "What Do You Say."

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Reba McEntire takes over lead role in 'Annie Get Your Gun' on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre in New York City. 01/26/2001. Photo: Evan Agostini / ImageDirect.

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‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ 2001

Reba McEntire takes over lead role in Annie Get Your Gun on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre in New York City, on January 26th, 2001.

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Reba McEntire accepts the award for Favorite Female Performer In A New Television Series at the 28th Annual People's Choice Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)

2002 People’s Choice Awards

Reba McEntire accepts the award for Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series at the 28th Annual People's Choice Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. Her hugely popular sitcom, Reba ran from 2001 to 2007.

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Singer Reba McEntire (L) and American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson perform during the "American Idol in Vegas" concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 18, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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2002 Performance With Kelly Clarkson

Reba joined the pop singer on the American Idol Season 1 Concert Tour stop in Las Vegas. Five years later, the two recorded a hit duet, "Because of You." Six years later, they embarked on a joint tour. And 11 years later, Clarkson married Reba's stepson, Brandon Blackstock.

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Reba McEntire (Photo by Pete Mitchell/WireImage)

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2003 Kennedy Center Honors

Reba McEntire attends the 2003 Kennedy Center Honors — Honorees' Dinner, hosted by Secretary of State Colin Powell and Mrs. Powell. That year, the singer released her 23rd studio album, Room to Breathe, which was her first collection of new tunes in four years.

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Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" at Carnegie Hall on Thursday night, June 9th, 2005.This image:Reba McEntire (as Nellie) with Dylan Baker watching from far right. (Photo by Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images)

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‘South Pacific,’ 2005

Reba appears as "Nellie" in Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific at New York's Carnegie Hall on  June 9th, 2005.

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Reba McEntire (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)

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2005 ‘Today’ Show Performance

Reba performs on NBC's Today show's summer concert series on May 13th, 2005. She was there to promote her new Reba 1's album, which contains all 33 of her Number One hits to that point.

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Reba McEntire (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)

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2006 ‘Charlotte’s Web’ Movie Premiere

Reba attends the premiere of Charlotte's Web in Los Angeles. She voiced the role of a cow named "Betsy" in the film.

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Reba McEntire during CMT Giants Honoring Reba McEntire - Show at Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)

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2006 ‘CMT Giants’

Reba performs for the audience honoring her at a taping of the CMT Giants Honoring Reba McEntire TV special.

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LAS VEGAS - APRIL 05: Singer Reba McEntire performs onstage during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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2009 ACM Awards

Reba debuts her latest single, "Strange" onstage during the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5th, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 22: Reba McEntire attends the 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony induction at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 22, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ed Rode/Getty Images)

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2011 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony

Reba McEntire was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a medallion ceremony on May 22nd, 2011 in Nashville. She was inducted into the revered institution that day by Dolly Parton.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 01: Hosts Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire speak onstage at the 47th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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2012 ACM Awards With Blake Shelton

Reba hosted the ACM Awards from 1999 — 2010, and co-hosted the broadcast with Blake Shelton in 2011 and 2012.

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MALIBU COUNTRY - ABC's "Malibu Country" stars Jai Rodriguez as Geoffrey, Sara Rue as Kim, Lily Tomlin as Lillie Mae, Reba as Reba (also executive producer), Juliette Angelo as June and Justin Prentice as Cash.(Edward Herrera / Craig Sjodin ABC/ via Getty Images)

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‘Malibu Country,’ 2012

Reba's short-lived ABC sitcom, Malibu Country co-starred Jai Rodriguez, Sara Rue, Lily Tomlin, Juliette Angelo and Justin Prentice. Also an executive producer on the show, Reba played a divorced mom who moves her kids from Nashville to their Malibu beach house.

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2014 Nash Icon Award

Reba McEntire poses with the NASH Icon Award in the press room during the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15th, 2014 in Nashville.

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - FEBRUARY 23: Singer-songwriter Reba McEntire performs in concert as part of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo at the AT&T Center on February 23, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)

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2015 San Antonio Rodeo

Reba McEntire performs in concert as part of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo at the AT&T Center on February 23rd, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. On April 14th of this year, she'll release her 27th studio album (and first on new label home, Nash Icon), titled Love Somebody.

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