Remember the 1000-letter name girl from 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'? Her '97 interview has gone viral

Edduin Carvajal
Jan 18, 2019
07:55 A.M.

In 1997, a girl and her mother visited Oprah Winfrey in her show. They impacted people so much that even now, two decades later, it is still remembered.


The principal reason why that family became so popular is the name of the then-12-year-old girl which has more than 1,000 letters. Her name was so long that Oprah didn’t even try to pronounce it.

One of the main things that the host and the audience asked the girl’s mother was a reason for choosing such a long name, to what the woman revealed that she wanted it to break the Guinness World Record.

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Source: Getty Images



The girl’s friends and family don’t use the long name to refer to her, though, as they only call her “Jamie.” At some point during the show, Oprah asked Jamie to say her name. That was by far the funniest aspect of the segment.

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Source: Getty Images


Even though Jamie was talking quite fast, she spent 20 seconds saying her first name. What surprised Oprah the most was that Jamie has a middle name, too. After telling it, which is not that common either, Jamie said, “and my last name is Williams."

Source: YouTube/OWN

Source: YouTube/OWN


There are some other interesting aspects about Jamie and her long name. Her birth certificate, for instance, is two-feet long, Jamie’s mother spent six years to come up with such a name, and it is made of a combination of cars, movies, countries, and family names.

Source: YouTube/OWN

Source: YouTube/OWN


Recently, Oprah made headlines by joining several people to pay tribute to the victims of the Montecito Mudslide that took the lives of 22 people and caused property loss.


In an Instagram video, Oprah was seen linking arms with neighbors and fellow walkers as they went from the Lower Manning Park to San Ysidro Road and on to All Saints-by-the-Sea church. The group held lights and assumed a solemn mood as they strode through the Santa Barbara County area.


For the caption, the host wrote:

“A year ago today our little community was digging out of the mudslides. Searching for survivors. 22 dead. 2 were never found. Tonight we paid our respects remembering them in a candlelight vigil. #montecitostrong”

Winfrey has her home in the Montecito area and was lucky it had only minor damage. One of her other famous neighbors, actor Rob Lowe, had his house still standing and sold it a couple of months after the tragedy.

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