Check Out Oprah Winfrey Before She was Famous in her Original Audition Tape: Watch Now!
Proving that she’s always had what it takes to be a star, Oprah Winfrey released her initial audition tape for her amazingly successful talk show.
The clip, which was shared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2005, was just posted on OWN’s YouTube channel this week and it shows a young TV personality vying for a gig in Chicago.
Winfrey begins her tape stating, "Hi, there. My name is Oprah Winfrey. Oprah, spelled O-P-R-A-H, and if you notice, it's Harpo spelled backwards. My folks did not really like Harpo Marks. We did not even have a television set for a number of years.”
Oprah continued, “Originally, I was named from the Bible by Aunt Ida, who named me from Ruth, the first chapter at the fourteenth verse, Orpah, but no one knew how to spell in my home, and that's why I ended up being Oprah."
The tape landed her a spot with A.M. Chicago in 1984 and once the host, Oprah took the show from last place to first place in two months. Two years later, the show was renamed to “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and picked up nationally.