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Wednesday Rewind! Oprah's '83 Audition Tape!

By JACKIE WILLIS

May 07, 2014

Even Oprah Winfrey had to start somewhere. The Queen of Talk shared the 1983 audition tape that would lead her to become one of the most influential people in the world.

Oprah, 60, introduces the clip and explains that she was working on a morning show in Baltimore at the time and decided to go out for a show in Chicago. Unprepared, she stayed up all night with an editor to get her audition tape together.

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"I was obsessed with getting this job," she says. "I don't know how on Earth I got hired."

"Hi there, my name is Oprah Winfrey. Oprah, spelled O-P-R-A-H, and if you notice it's Harpo spelled backwards," the young Oprah begins. "My folks did not particularly like Harpo Marx, we did not even have a television in our home for a number of years."

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She adds of her peculiar, now iconic, name, "Originally I was named from the bible by my Aunt Ida who named me from Ruth, the first chapter and the fourteenth verse Orpah, but no one knew how to spell in my home and that's why it ended up being Oprah."

What a difference 30 years makes!

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