A tv icon. Barbara Walters spent six a long time as a hard-hitting journalist — interviewing everybody from controversial political leaders to among the world’s most high-profile stars — previous to her retirement in 2014.
Walters kicked off her profession within the Sixties on the Today present, the place she went from working behind the scenes as a producer and author to creating her method in entrance of the digicam as a well-liked cohost.
Her attain solely expanded within the following decade when she landed a special cohost place, this time at ABC Evening News — the community that she would name residence for the following 5 a long time. The Massachusetts native’s tenure on the information program, coupled together with her personal Barbara Walters Special, gave her entry to (and perception into) public figures starting from President Richard Nixon and Fidel Castro to Lucille Ball and Fred Astaire.
In 1979, Walters landed one other career-defining position because the host of ABC’s 20/20, a place she held till 2004. As the tv anchor continued to guide the business with numerous movie star interviews, her personal fame grew as nicely. Her enduring catchphrase — “I’m Barbara Walters, and this is 20/20” — held up so nicely by the a long time that she briefly got here out of retirement with a view to utter the phrases on New Year’s Eve 2019.
Walters not solely carved out a path for herself throughout her a few years within the tv business, but additionally amplified the voices of her fellow feminine stars with the creation of The View in 1997. After the printed journalist based the Emmy-winning daytime speak present, she cohosted the favored sequence for shut to twenty years, sparring and discussing present occasions with varied iterations of fellow hosts, together with Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg.
In May 2013, Walters introduced she can be retiring the next yr.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a long time and this is what I want to do. … I’m not walking into the sunset. I don’t want to appear on another program,” she informed viewers on the time. “I want instead to sit in a sunny field and admire the gifted women and OK, some men, too, who will be taking my place. I’ve had an amazing career beyond anything I could ever have imagined.”
Keep scrolling to see Walters’ most memorable moments — together with her a number of marriages and her unbelievable profession success — by the years: