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.
Winfrey—now a 60-year-old TV mogul worth a reported $2.9 billion—first shared the clip during the Nov. 14, 2005, episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. OWN's YouTube channel posted it online Monday.
After TV gigs in Nashville in Baltimore, Winfrey set her sets on the Windy City. In the audition tape, the fresh-faced Mississippi native appears warm and friendly as ever. "Hi, there. My name is Oprah Winfrey. Oprah, spelled O-P-R-A-H, and if you notice, it's Harpo spelled backwards," she said. "My folks did not really like Harpo Marx. We did not even have a television set for a number of years. 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."