Once, long ago, Oprah Winfrey was just a normal, regular person who had to shoot audition tapes, just like the rest of us. That time may be long passed, but her stiff audition interview will live on forever.
Oprah first aired this audition clip during a 2005 broadcast, but it recently resurfaced online after the OWN network began posting back episodes. Oprah, who appears to be aging backwards, is hilariously precise in the 1983 AM Chicago audition as she explains the origins of her name.
"Oprah is Harpo spelled backwards. My folks did not particularly like Harpo Marx, we did not even have a television set in our home for a number of years."
Oprah, the original hipster.