Oprah’s Hometown Trip to Visit Her Father | The Oprah Winfrey Show | Oprah Winfrey Network

Oprah’s Hometown Trip to Visit Her Father | The Oprah Winfrey Show | Oprah Winfrey Network


WINFREY: Let me take you inside the barber shop and meet my dad. Some of you might have met my dad already, but I’ll let you met my dad again. Dad? Mr. VERNON WINFREY: Yes. WINFREY: Meet the people. Hey. Mr. VERNON WINFREY: Hey. WINFREY: You look good. You look good. Mr. VERNON WINFREY: Thank you. Thank you, I… WINFREY: You’re skinnier than you were the last time. Mr. VERNON WINFREY: I feel fine, too. But I’m–I’m weighing about the same, 145. WINFREY: Wow, my dad’s always weighed 145. Mr. VERNON WINFREY: I’m solid. I keep my weight… WINFREY: None of this rubbed off on me. Well, the barber shop looks exactly the same, exactly. Ex–well, I think there’s a little bit of paneling there I didn’t notice before. Mr. VERNON WINFREY: Yeah. A little bit. It looked so bad we put a–oh, I have a radio. WINFREY: A radio, OK, good. Mr. VERNON WINFREY: Radio. Yeah. WINFREY: Big changes. How much is a haircut here now? Mr. VERNON WINFREY: Seven dollars for adults. WINFREY: Seven dollars. Mr. VERNON WINFREY: Six for children. WINFREY: Wow. Mr. VERNON WINFREY: And if they come and don’t have but five, I still cut it for them. WINFREY: That’s nice of you. Mr. VERNON WINFREY: I will not turn them away if they don’t have an extra dollar. WINFREY: For a haircut? Mr. VERNON WINFREY: Yes. WINFREY: You always were that kind of dad. Mr. VERNON WINFREY: Yes. WINFREY: Things haven’t changed. Not even–oh, I see some old pictures of me around here. WINFREY: I see Tommy over there. Tommy was my father’s sort of adopted son. When I moved out of the house, Tommy moved in and took over my bedroom. Well, I’m going to go down to the store first, I think. I was going to go to the house, but I think I’ll go down to the store. WINFREY: Uh-huh. OK. WINFREY: OK? I’m going to take you to the store where I used to work. It was my first job that I hated. Hated it. Just hated it. WINFREY: Hated it with a–with a passion. WINFREY: Hey, Tommy. TOMMY: Hey, Oprah. WINFREY: All right. Going to the store. So this is the store where I really had my first job. I used to have to come and work the day shift and the weekend shift here. Day shift after I got out school. The store is right adjacent to my father’s barber shop. So I pulled up in my ’63 Mercury. This was about 1970-’71, and go inside and spend the next 8 to 10 hours at the store. I have sold many of these pickles for a nickel and I’ve stood behind this counter for hours on end selling whatever anybody wanted because my father and his partner, Mr. Evans, they never closed the store, not one day in 17 years. Births, deaths, marriages, they never closed the store. (Laughter) WINFREY: This used to be a counter where they sold only penny candy. You had to sell 100 pieces of penny candy to make $1. It used to drive me crazy. Back then everybody used to buy something called Now Or Laters. I see they’re here. Some kind of candy thing. I never ate anything because I was crazy from selling them all the time. They’re now a dime, but they used to be a nickel. And the only thing that got me out of the store was the fact that I got myself a job in radio broadcasting. Thank goodness. WINFREY: I’m here at WVO radio station. This is where I got my first job in broadcasting. And I’m here with Clarence Kilcrese, he was Gilly Baby, at the time. GM… Mr. KILCRESE: General manager. WINFREY: And you were one of the people who was called in when I was just walking through the station. They said, `Come listen to this girl read.’ Mr. KILCRESE: I needed part timers at that time. And I had two girls in mind, so they said `Listen to this girl read.’ And I walked in and I said–you never stumbled one time. I said, `This is the lady right here.’ WINFREY: That’s right, and I thank you for that. I thank you for that. You have these pictures–cause I ended up at the radio station–it’s a long story. Mr. KILCRESE: Yeah. WINFREY: But the radio station was having a contest where I was Miss VOL. WINFREY: See this? WVOL. Mr. KILCRESE: (Voiceover) Yeah. VOL. WINFREY: And then I was entered in this fire prevention contest. WINFREY: And I haven’t seen these pictures since the day they were taken. Mr. KILCRESE: Oh, boy. You like them? WINFREY: Look at my nose. Mr. KILCRESE: Oh, it’s beautiful. WINFREY: Look at that little round face. Unbelievable. Some things never change. Mr. KILCRESE: I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you. WINFREY: And this was Miss Black America. Mr. KILCRESE: Miss Black America. And you were Miss Fire Prevention. WINFREY: Oh, Miss Fire Prevention. I was Miss Fire Prevention. And before that I was Miss VOL. Mr. KILCRESE: Miss VOL. WINFREY: I forgot that. Mr. KILCRESE: And it cost me $50 to sponsor you in that. WINFREY: You want your money back? Mr. KILCRESE: I’d like to have it back today. WINFREY: When I was 14 years old, living in Milwaukee with my mother and on the verge of becoming a serious juvenile delinquent, I got sent to live with my father so that my father could straighten me out. And that he did. And when I got sent, this was where I got sent to. This house right here on this street. And actually, it’s a very small house. But when I first arrived at this house, I thought it was a mansion. I thought, my God, I’ve never lived in a full-brick house. Let’s go inside. Well, not exactly a mansion, but it’s home for me. I mean, I walk in this living room and so many things are still the same. Except I remember there used to be–of course, there was a coffee table here. The carpet’s the same, the sofa’s the same. The only difference is, no plastic. (Laughter) WINFREY: And I used to hate the plastic on the sofa because it used to stick to your legs, you know, in the summertime when you were hot. But I think all that plastic worked all those years ’cause at least it kept it clean. In 1992, this is a clean sofa, thanks to the plastic. WINFREY: So this is the station that gave me my first break in television. It’s–it feels really strange to sit behind the desk, even though it certainly isn’t the same desk, I remember, being a square kind of blue thing. WINFREY: Well, I came here when I was 19 years old after Chris Clark had heard me on the radio. WINFREY: Chris Clark, who auditioned me, and I didn’t know anything about television, but I thought if I just pretended to be Barbara Walters that everything would work out. They tell me that Chris is in the room here someplace. Chris, where are you? Mr. CHRIS CLARK: Over here, Oprah. WINFREY: Hi. Hi. Mr. CLARK: How you doing? WINFREY: You look the same. Mr. CLARK: So do you. WINFREY: You look the same. No, quit. I have changed. But you look exactly… Mr. CLARK: Good to see you. WINFREY: Good to see you. Mr. CLARK: I’d have your eyes checked if I were you. WINFREY: You look exactly–remember when I first started? Mr. CLARK: Oh, do I ever. WINFREY: And I used to wear those false eye lashes–I still wear false eye lashes. And they used to always hang down all the time. Mr. CLARK: Yes. WINFREY: Yes. I was on the air and he’d say, `Your eyelash is falling off.’ Unbelievable. Mr. CLARK: Or whenever you came back from a story where somebody lost a home or a dog, when you came back you were so sad you couldn’t write the story. WINFREY: I know. I wasn’t… Mr. CLARK: `Write, Oprah.’ `But I’m so sad.’ WINFREY: I was–I was not the best of writers. But do you remember the audition, Chris? Do you remember that? Mr. CLARK: Yeah. WINFREY: You do? Mr. CLARK: Yeah, I do. WINFREY: Tell me about it ’cause I’ve forgotten it. Mr. CLARK: You were terrific. At 19 years old, you had–you had the stage presence that people many years older had never had. WINFREY: Thanks. Mr. CLARK: And that was my–that was my mistake, though. Because you had such presence and such confidence… WINFREY: Mm-hmm. Mr. CLARK: …that I said, `Hey, she’s great. We’ll get her, send her out to do all these stories.’ WINFREY: Mm-hmm. Mr. CLARK: Only I don’t think you knew as much as I thought you knew. WINFREY: I didn’t know anything. That’s the truth. I lied to you. I lied to you. Mr. CLARK: What? WINFREY: ‘Cause when you said, `Have you ever run a camera?’ Remember we used to use those Bell & Howells. Mr. CLARK: Sure. WINFREY: And I went, `Sure, sure.’ Mr. CLARK: We did it. WINFREY: I remember going on my first job in the City Counsel and Fred Lowry was there. Fred Lowry. Mr. CLARK: Yeah. WINFREY: And I said, `Look, I just got this job. Chris Clark gave me this job and I don’t know what I’m doing. Could you please help me out and tell me who is who in the council.’ Those were the days for me. Mr. CLARK: Those were the days. WINFREY: Well, I want to thank you because if it wasn’t for you, who knew I–what I would be doing. Because you gave me a break when, you know, breaks were hard to find. Mr. CLARK: You know, everybody thinks I was such a great guy to do this. But if they had only seen you at 19, they would know–it would be no decision. Because you were so good. WINFREY: Really? Mr. CLARK: Yeah. You really were. You still are, obviously. WINFREY: Thanks, Chris. That’s great. (Applause)

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  1. In a day where all women do is complain about sexism, it’s great to see that so many men all gave this woman a shot.

  2. She was a natural. The audience just were and still is drawn to her.
    I've watched her all along and watch Super Soul Sunday. She is her authentic self, which is my goal. And also watch my intentions. Read the books she suggests, very enlightening. Thanks Oprah!

  3. Being a former social worker (now writer), I think Oprah has always had content that helps people and tells the truth about the way things are. I recall this moment when she introduced her dad to us. It was sweet.

  4. Wow. It is marvelous how Oprah remained the same person through all these years. She is such a great person even though she is like a million times more successful.

  5. I'm obsessed with Miss Oprah. But not in a creepy way..lol I'm going to meet her one day for doing something great! 💛

  6. You were a wonderful daughter, the store, you did very well…look where your at todsy , u have a beautiful step sister..and your honey..
    God bless you dear….hugs

  7. Here before a 1M views! I used to watch the show back then. I can't get over this was 27 years ago and how cheap a haircut was🤦🏾‍♀️ I miss the good ole days. I remember back when I was younger I could buy a candy bar, chips and a drink for under $1.00🙄

  8. You forgot when you looked at the bath tub! My favorite part. You said yea that was a long time ago. I guess soaking in that tub, moisturizing your hair and dreaming big dreams

  9. She never forgot where she came from. She is a Very Spiritual person 🙏. She is a survivor. She is a role model. She is very good at what she does. 🎙️📻
    She is so giving to others.
    Money sometimes changes people and makes them forget where they came from and they do, say and act crazy. She never seems to try to act like she is better then anyone else and she is Very humble. I like her a lot but I think that is what I admire most about her.

  10. “Back then everybody used to buy, I think it’s called ‘Now-N-Laters’”. . .till the present day, Oprah!

  11. Oprah is such a major inspiration for me. I still remember her Angel Network. Seeing her give and care about people through out the years inspired me to form my non-profit. Thank you Oprah for showing us how easy it is to love and care for others.

  12. This is, absolutely fascinating and inspiring to me personally as someone who wants to go into television journalism. (Currently Studying) A true glimpse into parts of Oprah’s life and how far she’s gone and what she’s come from. Also how she never forgot, where she came from…💛🍂🕊

  13. Yup. Before this video I was upset because I lost a day of writing on my book. Now after watching her, I feel like I can just make up for yesterday today.

  14. I was only 2 when this aired (maybe even 1 depending on the month). I grew up watching Oprah, and she had such an impact on me as a kid and impressed me so much. The thing that impressed me the most was how kind she was. It's the thing people always say about me now. I had quite a dysfunctional childhood and teen years, and this may sound strange but I looked at Oprah almost like Auntie as I was desperate for people to look up to in foster care… I'm 29 now, and truly don't think I'd be the woman I am today, had I not had her in my home every day for all those years. There are several other people who planted seeds in my life who have impacted the woman I today and Oprah is definitely one of them. Thank you O!

  15. unfortunately school kids and college students final course ends at18:00 so do not have the chance to have a part-time job after school. / Salutations from a retired Tunisian teacher of English

  16. Hi edagdwg thanks for sharing very nice to see her father seems like he's a very nice person his daughter is a real woman that always putting her self frist give someone the light God bless her father glad he is real a mom

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