Barbara Walters, the legendary trailblazer who shattered glass ceilings for women in broadcast media, died Friday at the age of 93. Her cause of death has not yet been released.
Walters rose to the ranks in the male-dominated news industry for nearly six decades, before retiring at the top of her game.
HER AMAZING LIFE (source: Wikipedia)
Walters began her career on The Today Show in the early 1960s as a writer and segment producer of women’s interest stories. Her popularity with viewers resulted in Walters receiving more airtime, and in 1974, she became co-host of the program, the first woman to hold such a title on an American news program.
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Barbara Walters was an American institution. As the first female national news anchor, she opened the door to endless possibilities for so many girls who wanted to work in TV, myself included. Her impact cannot be overstated. I’ll miss you, Barbara. Thank you for everything. pic.twitter.com/HokDilM6Rj
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) December 31, 2022
In 1976, she continued to be a pioneer for women in broadcasting by becoming the first female co-anchor of a network evening news program, alongside Harry Reasoner on the ABC Evening News. From 1979 to 2004, Walters worked as a producer and co-host on the ABC newsmagazine 20/20. She also became known for an annual special aired on ABC, Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People. Walters interviewed every sitting U.S. president and first lady from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama. She has interviewed both Donald Trump and Joe Biden, though not as presidents.
Farewell and rest well, #BarbaraWalters. Thank you for your courage to blaze trails and have difficult conversations that mattered. pic.twitter.com/EiDTAqKGZ4
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) December 31, 2022
Walters created, produced, and co-hosted the ABC daytime talk show The View, on which she appeared from 1997 until her retirement in 2014. Thereafter, she continued to host a number of special reports for 20/20 as well as documentary series for Investigation Discovery. Her final on-air appearance for ABC News was in 2015.
Walters was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1989, and in 2007 received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2000, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
If you’re of a certain age you’ll remember Gilda Radner’s portrayal of “Baba Wawa” on SNL. RIP Barbara Walters… pic.twitter.com/cIKI47Ftu8
— Rex Chapman?? (@RexChapman) December 31, 2022
“I’m quick to check a bitch if she’s outta line” – Barbara Walters quoting Nicki Minaj
An iconic moment in pop culture history… RIP to the legend, Barbara Walters ?️ pic.twitter.com/TMuR6duHP4
— Rap Alert (@rapalert1OO) December 31, 2022
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— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) December 31, 2022