Barbara Walters, the late Herald reporter, will feature ABC’s /20 on the map and co-created The View. Throughout her iconic career, spanning 48 Year and Emmys, where she interviews royals, celebrities, presidents and Hollywood stars. She passed away Friday in New York 50 , is survived by her adopted daughter Jacqueline.
Walters, known for making her guests cry, is a broadcaster who believes she transferred high school three times to learn to make friends and ask questions.
“I’ve never been in awe of celebrities because they worked for my dad,” Walters said. “I’m curious. Even today, if I go out to dinner, sit next to someone, and I ask a question, they’re like, ‘Oh, you’re interviewing me.'”
the glass-ceiling-shattering newswoman made history as the first female co-host of the Today show and the first $1 million-a-year earner news anchor.
Throughout her decades-long career, Walters has interviewed Fred Astaire, Ingrid Bergman, Truman Capote , Mamie Eisenhower, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Candice Bergen, Diana Ross, Monica Seles, Michael Jackson, Roseanne Barr, Tom Cruise, Eddie Murphy, George Clooney, Kate Gosselin and Honey Boo-Boo, just to name a few.
The icon often thrills her interviewees by asking about their childhood “because it’s so telling, they remember their parents or people who died,” Walters explained road. “That was before every celebrity walking out of rehab would cry. Now I say, ‘You dare not cry!'”
See her important interviews, including Fidel Ka Stroh, Vladimir Putin and Monica Lewinsky , below.
New York TimesReported in Walters on this Interviews with ex-White House interns “attract 10.5 million viewers, an estimated million watched all or part of the two-hour show at approximately 10.Two million households.”
Lewinsky, the intern caught up in a sex scandal that nearly ruined Bill Clinton’s marriage and presidency, answers tough questions from Walters about sleeping with married men and her struggles with her weight.
Walters asked Lewinsky directly, “You showed off your thong underwear. Where did you get the guts? I mean—who did it?” ” she says. She also asked 33-year-old: “What about your self-esteem, what about your self-esteem?”
Watch the interview. Mike Tyson and Robin Givens
“Everywhere I went the next day, people were Ask me about it,” Walters told ABC News as she interviewed Robin Givens and her then-husband, Mike Tyson. .
She didn’t shy away from very personal questions, including asking if Given Stetson hit her.
Givens’ response: “He’s shaking. He’s pushing, he’s wiggling. Sometimes I think he’s trying to scare me. Sometimes, when I think I can handle it, It just happens, you know. Just recently, I’ve gotten scared, and I mean very, very scared,” opening the audience’s eyes.
Watch the interview. Christopher Reeve
Walters in his interviewed Reeve a few times after A horse riding accident left him paralyzed. He chose Walters for his first interview in a remarkable sit-in in which he admitted he briefly wished he had died.
After he was thrown from his horse, the Superman star severely fractured his upper cervical spine and doctors never Thought he’d survive, let alone regain any movement or breathe on his own.
“Before the surgery, when I first came out of consciousness, you had this thought that maybe it wasn’t worth the trouble for everyone, and I had Such an idea, maybe 11 minutes,” Reeves told Walters.
“You want to die, unplug, whatever?” Walters asked Reeve.
“Yeah, I suggested it, maybe I should check it out,” Reeve said. “Dana, my wonderful wife, said, ‘You are still you and I love you.'”
Watch the interview. Vladimir Putin
Walters was the first American reporter to interview the Russian President.
She directly asked Putin if he had ordered the killing, which Putin refuted.
“I don’t know if it’s possible to stop These terrorist attacks on America,” he told 10/12‘ Barbara Walters of 9/ attack, “But unfortunately, our special forces did not get the information in time , and to warn the American people and American political leaders of the impending tragedy.”
Watch the interview. Robert Kardashian
in Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Gold Ron Goldman’s homicide became Walters managed to get Robert Kardashian to sit down with her to discuss the case.
In the interview, Kardashian was shocked to say that “I have doubts about his friends and former clients” because of the blood evidence.
Watch the interview. Oprah Winfrey
In a rare Oprah interview, Walters asks the media mogul to discuss Her friendship with Gail King and rumors about their relationship.
Before breaking down into tears, Winfrey said she “didn’t know anyone better than her best friend”.
She went on to talk about her sexuality saying, “I’m not a lesbian. I’m not even a lesbian. The reason it irritates me is because it means someone must think I Lying. That’s number one. Number two: why are you hiding it? That’s not how I run my life.”
Watching the interview. Hugo Chávez
When Barbara Walters interviewed Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, he was Famously made national headlines calling President Bush a “devil” in a speech at the United Nations. , I called him the devil of the United Nations – yes. Another time, I said he was a donkey because I thought he was ignorant. “
Watch the interview.Fidel Castro
Walters is Castro’s first Interviewed by an American reporter. The two took a boat together in the Bay of Pigs and spent Traveling through the days of Cuba. She sat in the car next to him, in his passenger seat, with his gun.
Despite his status as a dictator, Walters grilled him like a Hollywood star.
In the interview, Castro claimed that there were no demonstrations in Cuba, And asked: “Why do we need to prevent something that is never going to happen? ’ Walters shot back: ‘But you can’t let it happen! Maybe people might want to protest! “
Trailblazer spent five hours with the dictator and eventually received death threats from her.
After his death , Walters said: “He was charming and extremely discreet about his private life. He called our interview “a heated debate.” During our time together, he made it clear to me that he was an absolute dictator, a staunch opponent of democracy. I told him that the thing we disagreed about the most was the meaning of freedom. ”
Watch interview. Katharine Hepburn
In this interview, Walters asks one of her funniest offbeat questions: “What tree are you? She drew a lot of ridicule for the question, but in the interview, Hepburn said she saw herself as a tree and it was a natural transition. Walters later admitted it was one of her biggest interview blunders.
Watch interview . Ellen DeGeneres
In an honest interview, DeGeneres spoke with Walters about everything from her film career to her decision to come out. She also opened up about Her stepfather sexually abused her and how she escaped through a window one night.
Watch the interview.