Oprah Winfrey changed the landscape of talk shows, has a world-famous book club, owns a network and an enviable magazine empire, and counts myriad other successes to her name – but her name wasn't meant to be Oprah.
This is one of the secrets revealed in the audition tape from 1983 that the mogul's staff dug up recently, which Oprah – a.k.a. Orpah, her birth name—showed in an OWN segment.
“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,” the not-yet-famous host says in the grainy, self-produced audition tape.
The 60-year-old icon also revealed footage from her 1978 co-hosting duties with Richard Sher on ‘People Are Talking,’ the catalyst for her future successes.
After reviewing the tape, Oprah noted, bashfully, “I don’t know how on Earth I got hired.”
And the rest is history: she got the job to host WLS-TV’s half-hour morning talk show, ‘AM Chicago,’ and quickly turned it into the highest rated show in Chicago.
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