Friday 23 February 2018

Before she was famous: Oprah shares first ever audition video from 1983

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey

Before she was the queen of television, Oprah Winfrey was just a former beauty queen looking for a job.

The legendary chat show host and media mogul shared her long-lost first audition tape from 1983 for AM Chicago, which would eventually become The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Winfrey revealed she doesn't know 'how she got hired' after revisiting the tape, which will certainly give hope to aspiring broadcasters everywhere.

"One day [in 1983], I heard that there was a morning show in Chicago that needed a new host," she explained.

"I had to work all night [cutting and editing the tape]. I was obsessed with getting this job … I don't know how on earth I got hired."

In the clip, she explains the origin of her unique name - which came from the Bible.

"Originally I was named from the Bible by Aunt Ida who named me from Ruth, the first chapter at the 14th verse, Orpah," she said.

"But no one knew how to spell in my home, and that's why I ended up being Oprah!"

She is now an Oscar-nominated actress with her own magazine, network and hundreds of billions in the bank.




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