It’s hard to imagine a time before Oprah Winfrey’s reign of pop culture influence.
Though it ended in 2011, her eponymous talk show ran for 25 years, but in 1983, a then-unknown made an audition tape, BuzzFeed reports.
31 years later, the tape has surfaced thanks to the daytime maven herself. In the video for the OWN Network, a young Oprah explains the origins of her name.
“Spelled O-P-R-A-H. And if you notice, it’s Harpo spelled backwards,” she says in a nod to the name of her future production company.
Oprah added that she was named after Orpah from the Book of Ruth in the Bible, but “no one knew how to spell in my home and that’s why it ended up being Oprah.”
Since ending “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” she has continued to run OWN and makes appearances on the network in “Oprah’s Masterclass” and “Oprah Prime.”
Watch the audition tape for yourself and share your thoughts on three decades of Oprah Winfrey in the comments!