Walters, Barbara

Walters, Barbara

(1931–  ) television journalist/interviewer; born in Boston, Mass. After graduation from Sarah Lawrence College, she went to work for the National Broadcasting Company's publicity department, then moved to the Today Show. Successful despite a slight lisp (later parodied on Saturday Night Live), she developed the reputation for intelligent and probing—if not confrontational—interviews. In 1976, ABC gave her a million-dollar-a-year contract – making her the highest-paid television journalist at the time – and the opportunity to be the first woman coanchoring the network evening news; however, under pressure from her coanchor Harry Reasoner, the network eased her out in 1979. She then moved to ABC's 20/20 where she became coanchor with Hugh Downs (1984). Her occasional Barbara Walters Specials (1976) established her as one of television's most skilled interviewers—known for her ability to elicit candid remarks from normally wary subjects—and she helped break the stereotype of women television journalists as merely pretty faces.
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At this year's 12th annual awards, hosted by Carol Vorderman, the celebrity audience paying tribute to a host of inspiring winners at London's Grosvenor House includes Sir Tom Jones, Stephen Fry, Julie Walters, Barbara Windsor, Westlife, Russell Brand, Bruce Forsyth, Sir David Jason and Ant and Dec.
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