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Walters has seldom minced words when describing the visible, on-the-air disdain her co-anchor Harry Reasoner displayed for her when she was teamed up with him on the ABC Evening News from — Reasoner had a difficult relationship with Walters, because he disliked having a co-anchor, even though he worked with former CBS colleague Howard K. Smith nightly on ABC for several years. Walters is known for "personality journalism" and her "scoop" interviews. According to The New York Times , when she went mano a mano with Walter Cronkite to interview both world leaders, at the end of Cronkite's interview, he is clearly heard saying: "Did Barbara get anything I didn't get?
Walters considered Robert Smithdas , a deaf-blind man who spent his life improving the lives of other individuals who are deaf-blind, as her most inspirational interview. Walters was widely lampooned for asking actress Katharine Hepburn , "If you were a tree, what kind would you be?
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Walters merely followed up with the question, "What kind of a tree? According to Walters, for years Hepburn refused her requests for an interview. And when she finally agreed to one, she said she wanted to meet her first. Walters walked in all smiles and ready to please, while Hepburn was at the top of the stairs and barked, "You're late. Have you brought me chocolates? They had several other meetings since that first time, mostly in Hepburn's living room where she would give Walters her opinions. Careers and marriage did not mix. Children and careers were out of the question. Walters said Hepburn's opinions stuck with her so much, she could repeat them almost verbatim to this day.
Although the footage of her two days of interviewing Castro in Cuba showed his personality, in part, as freewheeling, charming, and humorous,  she pointedly said to him, "You allow no dissent. Your newspapers, radio, television, motions picture are under state control. If you asked us if a newspaper could appear here against socialism, I can say honestly no, it cannot appear.
It would not be allowed by the party, the government, or the people. In that sense we do not have the freedom of the press that you possess in the U. And we are very satisfied about that. On March 3, , her interview of Monica Lewinsky was seen by a record 74 million viewers, the highest rating ever for a news program.
Walters was a co-host of the daytime talk show The View , of which she also is co-creator and co-executive producer with her business partner, Bill Geddie. It premiered on August 11, Walters described the show in its original opening credits as a forum for women of "different generations, backgrounds, and views. Walters retired from being a co-host on May 15, Although retired, Walters returned as a guest co-host on an intermittent basis throughout and On March 28, , numerous media outlets reported that Barbara Walters would retire in May and that she would make the announcement on the show four days later.
Walters continued to host her 10 Most Fascinating People series in  and Walters last appeared publicly in Walters has been married four times to three different men. Her first husband was Robert Henry Katz, a business executive and former Navy lieutenant. Her second husband was Lee Guber , theatrical producer and theater owner. They married on December 8, , and divorced in They have one daughter, Jacqueline Dena Guber born , adopted the same year.
They married in and divorced in They remarried in and divorced for the second time in She dated lawyer   Roy Cohn in college; he said that he proposed marriage to Walters the night before her wedding to Lee Guber, but Walters denied this. According to Walters, her father was the subject of an arrest warrant for "failure to appear" after he failed to show up for a New York court date because the family was in Las Vegas, and Cohn was able to have the charge dismissed. Walters dated future U.
In Walters's autobiography Audition , she claimed that she had an affair in the s with Edward Brooke , then a married United States Senator from Massachusetts. It is not clear whether Walters also was married at the time. Walters said they ended the affair to protect their careers from scandal.
Walters is close friends with Tom Brokaw and Woody Allen , and was close friends with Joan Rivers as well with former Fox News head Roger Ailes from the late s until his death in She announced on the May 10, , episode of The View that she would be undergoing open heart surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve.
Walters added that she knew for quite a while that she was suffering from aortic valve stenosis , even though she was symptom-free. The procedure to fix the faulty heart valve "went well, and the doctors are very pleased with the outcome," Walters's spokeswoman, Cindi Berger, said in a statement on May 14, Four years later, Walters retired permanently from both shows.
Barbara Walters was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in Her impact on the popular culture is illustrated by Gilda Radner 's "Baba Wawa" impersonation of her on Saturday Night Live ,  featuring her idiosyncratic speech with its rounded "R". In , she was honored with the Disney Legends award, an award given to those who made an outstanding contribution to The Walt Disney Company , which owns the network ABC. Daytime Emmy Awards. In the late s, Walters wrote a magazine article, "How to Talk to Practically Anyone About Practically Anything", which drew upon the kinds of things people said to her, which were often mistakes.
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Walters felt that it would help "tongue-tied, socially awkward people — the many people who worry that they can't think of the right thing to say to start a conversation. As of , it had gone through eight printings, sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide, and had been translated into at least six languages. She published her autobiography, Audition: A Memoir , in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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