ABC News reported Barbara Walters’ death, where she was a longtime anchor and creator of the talk show “The View.” Bob Iger, the CEO of The Walt Disney Company, which owns ABC News, praised Walters for breaking down barriers.
“Barbara was a true legend, a trailblazer not only for women in journalism but for journalism itself. She was a one-of-a-kind reporter who landed many of our time’s most important interviews, from heads of state to the biggest celebrities and sports figures. For more than three decades, I had the pleasure of calling Barbara a colleague, but more importantly, I was able to call her a dear friend. “She will be missed by all of us at The Walt Disney Company, and our hearts go out to her daughter, Jacqueline,” Bob Iger said in a statement Friday.
Ms. Walters began her career as a writer at NBC in 1961, as the only woman in the “Today” writers’ room. Because of her five-year, $5 million contract, she became known as the “million-dollar baby” when she left NBC for ABC in 1976 to co-anchor the evening news with Harry Reasoner.
Walters had four marriages. From 1955 to 1957, she was married to Robert Henry Katz. Later, she married Lee Guber from 1963 to 1976, then Merv Adelson from 1981 to 1984, and again from 1986 to 1992.
Barbara Walters has conducted numerous notable interviews over the years, including with Richard Nixon, John Wayne, Fidel Castro, and Monica Lewinsky. Her most recent on-air interview was in 2015 with former President Donald Trump.
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