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Oprah Winfrey's Original Audition Tape Surfaces

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May 07, 2014 AT 3:53 AM
Oprah Winfrey was always destined for greatness. In 1983, the young TV personality heard there was a morning show in Chicago in need of a new host. She stayed up all night with an editor to prepare her audition tape—and the rest, they say, is history. Says Oprah, "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."