Oprah Reveals Her 1st Audition Tape

PHOTO: Oprah Winfrey is seen in her audition tape, circa 1983, in this video still.

Oprah Winfrey has done pretty well for herself.

Now, she's revealing the 30-year-old tape that launched her career.

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"One day [in 1983] I heard that there was a morning show in Chicago that needed a new host," recalled Winfrey, who, at the time, was co-hosting a morning show in Baltimore. "I had to work all night [cutting together the tape]. I was obsessed with getting this job. Somehow after all these years, my staff tracked down my original audition tape. I don't know how on earth I got hired."

In the clip, Winfrey, now 60, explained the origin of her name and gave a little bit of back-story about her life.

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"Originally I was named from the Bible by Aunt Ida who named me from Ruth, the first chapter at the fourteenth verse, Orpah," she explained. "But no one knew how to spell in my home and that's why I ended up being Oprah!"

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