The most iconic journalist Barbara Walters died at the age of 93 at her home in New York. The most Iconic Journalist in the US will always remember for her interviewing style.
She told The Associated Press in 2008 “I’m not afraid when I’m interviewing, I have no fear.”
She is remembered for her most notable work in 20/20, The View, and ABC Evening News.
Barbara Walters always stood different from her counterparts. She became NBC’s Today Show’s first female co-host in 1974.
She joined ABC Evening News in 1976 after that she never looked back.
She will remember for her straightforward and tough questions and through her talk, she made her guest share their secrets with her.
Barbara Walters Most Famous Interviews
Barbara Walters interviewed every famous world leaders, politician and celebrities around the world.
Since the beginning of her career as a host, she interviewed every sitting US President and first lady from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama.
She interviewed Egypt President Anwar Al Sadat, Israel Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and his wife Farah Pahlavi, Russia’s Boris Yeltsin, and Vladimir Putin, China Jiang Zemin, UK Margaret Thatcher, Cuba’s Fidel Castro, India Indira Gandhi, Pop icon Michael Jackson, Hollywood fame actress Katharine Hepburn and many others.
In her most famous yet controversial Interview with Cuba’s Fidel Castro aired on ABC-TV. She fearlessly pointed to him “You allow no dissent. Your newspapers, radio, television, motion pictures are under state control.”
Then Fidel Replied “Barbara, our concept of freedom of the press is not yours. 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.S. And we are very satisfied with that.”
Her other most notable interviews are with Monica Lewinsky which was seen by a record 74 million viewers. In that interview, Monica openly told Barbara about her scandalous affair detail with Then US President Bill Clinton.
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Awards and Accolades
- Television Hall of Fame in 1989
- Star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007
- Lifetime Achievement Award from New York Women’s Agenda in 2009
- Lifetime Achievement Award at 30th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards in 2009
She also received multiple Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Talk Show Host for The View and Today’s Show.
World Famous People Paying Tribute to Barbara Walters
Her death news was first shared by Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger
I have sad news to share today. Barbara Walters passed away this evening at her home in New York. pic.twitter.com/fxSyU6BQk4
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) December 31, 2022
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
Barbara Walters never flinched when questioning the world’s most powerful people. She held them accountable. She cared about the truth and she made us care too. Fortunately, she inspired many other journalists to be just as unrelenting. We are all better off because of her.
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) December 31, 2022
I owe Barbara Walters more than I could ever repay. Rest well sister…mother…friend…colleague…mentor.
— Star Jones (@StarJonesEsq) December 31, 2022
An unwavering journalist. A fearless trailblazer. A faithful friend.
Rest in Peace, Barbara Walters
You’ll be missed by all. pic.twitter.com/a2Z3LKVvQo
— Melissa Rivers (@MelRivers) December 31, 2022
Barbara Walters will always be known as a trail blazer. Her hard hitting questions & welcoming demeanor made her a household name and leader in American journalism.
Her creation of The View is something I will always be appreciative of. Rest in peace you will forever be an icon.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) December 31, 2022
An amazing woman. Amazing loss. Shattering the glass ceiling is a huge understatement. She decimated it. Paved the way for so many. I feel very proud/humble to have known her & to have worked with her. Condolences to her loved ones & the entire @TheView family. #RipBarbaraWalters https://t.co/oWfGnck8bW
— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) December 31, 2022
She was obviously amazing on television but I selfishly loved spending time with her in person. Sitting next to her at a dinner party was the best seat in the house. With love, respect and admiration – rest in peace Barbara Walters. #barbarawalters pic.twitter.com/AD4BQtHrUg
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) December 31, 2022
Pioneering TV news broadcaster Barbara Walters has died.
A true trailblazer, she was the 1st woman anchor on the evening news.
And I was privileged to know her.
When she interviewed me, it was clear she did her homework. She was always prepared.
May she rest in power. https://t.co/DkZlpl2w3b
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) December 31, 2022
Barbara Walters was a true trailblazer. Forever grateful for her stellar example and for her friendship. Sending condolences to her daughter and family.🙏🏾 https://t.co/vKjvFJTU6u
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) December 31, 2022
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