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5 decades of interviews with world leaders, including 3 Arab presidents… Farewell, Barbara Walters

Updated Saturday 12/31/2022 12:41PM Abu Dhabi Time Shattering the glass ceiling and becoming a dominant force in an industry that was once dominated by men, it’s Barbara Walters, the leading television news anchor who passed away today, Saturday, at the age of 93. Barbara was a true legend, a pioneer not only for women in journalism but journalism itself, according to ABC news, who said of Barbara that she was a one-of-a-kind reporter who gave many of the most important interviews of our time. From heads of state through the biggest celebrities to sports icons, a career journey that spanned 5 decades, made Barbara Walters, a “true legend”, with her uniqueness in many of the interviews described as “the most important”. “It has been a pleasure to call Barbara a colleague for more than three decades, but more importantly I have been able to call her a dear friend. We will all miss her at The Walt Disney Company, and send our deepest condolences to her daughter Jacqueline,” says Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company and She The parent company of ABC news, noting that Walters was someone who broke barriers.Walters, in her career spanning five decades, has interviewed a range of world leaders, including Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, and the Iraqi leader. The late Saddam Hussein and the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, in addition to all the presidents of the United States and their wives since Richard Nixon and his wife Pat. What do we know about Walters’ journey that lasted five decades and won her 12 awards?Barbara Gale Walters was born in Boston on September 25, 1929. Work Her father is in show business, and managed to discover comedians Fred Allen and Jack Haley.She grew up around celebrities, which taught her lessons that she built on throughout her career.She took the disability of her older sister, Jacqueline, as a motivator “I’d see them on stage looking one way and often looking completely different offstage,” Walters says in her 2008 memoir. I would hear my parents talk about them and I knew that although these actors were very special people, they were also human beings with real-life problems.” In a 1989 interview with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Barbara said, “I can have my respect and admiration Celebrities, but I never had a sense of fear or dread,” she said, adding, “Her sister’s condition changed my life (..) I think I knew from an early age that at some point Jackie would become my responsibility. This awareness was one of the main reasons I worked so hard. But my feelings outweighed the financial responsibility.” She added: “A lot of the need to prove myself can be traced back to my feelings for Jackie. But there must be something else, the thing that makes one need to excel (..) some might call it ambition. I can live with that. Some would call it insecurity, although that is a common boring label, as being called shy means little. But when I look back, I feel like life was a long audition – trying to make a difference and get accepted.” Career: She attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, in the 1950s. She got a job as a publicist and television writer. Got a job as a writer at NBC’s “Today” show in 1961 Became the first woman to participate in the program 1974 Win her first Emmy Award 1976 Walters finds a new job on ABC’s “Evening Facts” To make “history” as the first female co-anchor of an evening news program.Famous Interviews:October 4, 1976 Walters taped an exclusive interview with Earl Butz, who had just resigned as US Secretary of Agriculture.She gave the first joint interview with the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Prime Minister The Israeli Menachem Begin. Walters has interviewed every US president and first lady from Nixon to Obama. She developed a reputation for asking tough questions. She interviewed Academy Award nominees and was known for making a number of them reveal deeply personal information and even cry in 1994.. She launched the special program” Most amazing people,” which was Yip d every December, and gave her the opportunity to speak with the top newsmakers of the year. 1999..Watched by an estimated 74 million people, Walters interviews Monica Lewinsky about the former White House intern’s relationship with then-US President Bill Clinton. She interviews President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump before they enter the White House. “No one was more surprised than me,” she said of her on-air career. “I wasn’t pretty, like many of the women on the show before me, and I had trouble pronouncing a letter.” At ABC news, her wide-ranging interviews and access to public figures are unparalleled; “I asked Vladimir Putin if he had ordered the killing of anyone,” she recalls once. “He said, ‘No.’” Family life: Walters has been married four times, to three different men (she married Merv Adelson, a TV producer and real estate developer). She adopted her daughter, Jacqueline Jouber, with her second husband, Lee Jouber, who was a producer. She named her daughter after her sister, and wrote in her diary that she “wanted Jackie to feel that she too had a child, because I knew at this time that she would never do.” Of her daughter, Walters said, “She makes me sane, she keeps me grounded. Kids do that… I think a lot of working women struggle with a job and a home and there’s never a right answer. Everything you do is wrong, but everything you do In the end, he’s going to be alright.” Journey of honor: She was honored in 2001 with a wax likeness of her at Madame Tussauds in New York City, and in 2007 she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has received honorary doctoral degrees from her alma mater Sarah Lawrence College, The Ohio State University, Temple University, Marymount College, Wheaton College, Hofstra University, and Ben-Gurion University of Jerusalem. After 25 years in television, she was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1989. May 2014 Part of ABC news’ New York headquarters renamed the Barbara Walters Building 2014

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