Watch: Oprah Winfrey’s Original Audition Tape From 1983


Long before Oprah was dishing out cars and trips to a studio audience, she was a fledgling TV personality, who had a gift with people. Ms. Winfrey’s team dug up her 1983 audition tape from The Oprah Winfrey Show (originally AM Chicago before the name change in 1986), almost 30 years later. While the show enjoyed a 25-year stint before going off-air in 2011, it became Chicago’s highest rating talk show. Now, Oprah is a 60-year-old mogul, worth $2.9 billion, with her OWN network. See where it all started with a clip of her original reel above.