The popular Oprah Winfrey Show on BIG CBS LOVE joins Oprah as she goes back to her first job, after 26 years, anchoring the evening news! It is believed that before they were famous, many celebrities - including Shania Twain, Madonna and Jay Leno—worked behind the counter at fast food joints. In this episode we also have Kirstie Alley, Suze Orman and Martina McBride go back to their first jobs…The exciting episode tells us how their first jobs help them become celebrities they are today.
While Oprah was in Dallas filming a show at the annual state fair, she did something she hasn't done in 26 years: a live newscast! Oprah shared the anchor desk with Gloria Campos, a TV news legend in Dallas. "I'm a little nervous because she is such a good talker," Gloria says. "Time might get away from us."
As the clock ticked closer to 5 p.m., Oprah says she started to get nervous. "My anxiety dream is always I'm sitting at a news desk with Walter Cronkite and all my papers are confused," she says. But, as soon as the teleprompter started to roll, it all came back to her!
Oprah says she'll never forget her first job-as a teenager working at the corner grocery store next to her father's barber shop...and she hated it every minute of it."I wasn't allowed to talk to the customers, and can you imagine for me?" she says. "That was very, very, very hard."Then, at 16, she landed a job that paid her to talk. A Nashville radio station, hired Oprah to read the news on the air, which she says she loved. This gig helped Oprah get her big break. In 1973, Oprah was a 19-year-old sophomore in college when she got a call that changed her life. "I remember leaving class to go take a phone call from Channel 5's Chris Clark," she says.
Chris, Oprah’s first boss, says he remembers Oprah as a well-spoken, poised young woman. "What you see in Oprah today is what I saw so many years ago," he says. "Oprah, you had the magic to communicate on television, and that is natural born. You just can't learn that."
Chris remembers when he assigned Oprah stories that involved people who were hurt; he says she'd be too distraught to write the copy. "She spent all of her time on the telephone trying to find help for these people instead of writing the darned story to meet the deadline," he says. "It probably was very good she never got the message. Look at her today. I mean, come on. She has empathy for people. She wouldn't be Oprah without that."
The others who join Oprah and revisit their first jobs are, Kirstie Alley, who long before she was a famous movie and television actress, as a 16-year-old entered into the workforce as a housekeeper. A childhood friend's mother, Anne Kathol, hired Kirstie to clean their house and taught her lessons she still carries with her today. To this day, Kirstie says she can still make a sink sparkle…then Kirstie graduated to decorating them. Kirstie got her first job at Dean's Designs, a Wichita interior design firm.
Suze Orman also put on a dress for the first time in decades to see if she still has what it takes to make it as a diner waitress. While working at Buttercup, Suze says she learned that who you are has nothing to do with what you do.
"Who you are how you treat people, how you serve people, how you cater to them," she says. "I learned if you could just be kind to people, if you could just be pleasant to people, that the greatest tip in life is when they smile back at you."
For the first time in more than 20 years, country star Martina McBride made a stop in Hutchinson, Kansas, to revisit the Dairy Queen where she once worked. "I moved here to go to school, to sing in a band, and I had to pay my own bills," she says. "I wanted to make my own way.""She was one of the best," says the couple who owned it. "And she was always willing to learn."
Stay tuned to this amazing episode on Wednesday, November 16, at 8.00 pm only on BIG CBS LOVE to find out how these women of substance made it to the top from the scratch!