Long before she was queen of the talk show world and the most powerful book club leader on earth, Oprah Winfrey was a budding television host auditioning for a morning show in Chicago.

Some years later on her show, the media mogul took a look back at her early days. She shared a few moments from her earliest hosting gigs, and her original audition tape from 1983—in which she delves into how to spell her name and its origins.

Love to see celebrities before they were stars? Check out some of these other early audition tapes from the likes of Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, and more.

Banner image credit: screenshot courtesy of Oprah.com.