Barbara Walters, a trailblazing TV journalist who was the primary lady to anchor a night information broadcast, has died at 93.
Walters died Friday at her residence in New York, Disney CEO Robert Iger mentioned in a tweet Friday night.
“Barbara was a real legend, a pioneer not only for ladies in journalism however for journalism itself,” Iger mentioned in a assertion. “She was a one-of-a-kind reporter who landed lots of the most vital interviews of our time, from heads of state to the most important celebrities and sports activities icons.”
“Barbara Walters handed away peacefully in her residence surrounded by family members. She lived her life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer not just for feminine journalists, however for all ladies,” her publicist Cindi Berger mentioned in a press release.
Her demise was additionally introduced late Friday by ABC, the community the place she labored for almost 4 a long time. Her interviews with elected officers, heads of state and Hollywood entertainers conferred a star standing on Walters as effectively. Together with internet hosting NBC’s Right now and ABC’s 20/20 information packages, she was well-known for her frequent specials similar to her annual 10 Most Fascinating Individuals present.
Walters started her TV broadcast profession in 1961 as a researcher and author on NBC’s Right now present in 1961 earlier than changing into a co-host in 1974. She made headlines in 1976 together with her transfer to ABC, the place she was named the first feminine community information anchor. Her five-year contract paid her an unprecedented $1 million wage.
She was well-known of asking private, probing questions of her friends, who typically turned emotional and commenced crying on digital camera. Over her storied profession, she interviewed each sitting US president from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama, heads-of-state similar to Cuban President Fidel Castro, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the Shah of Iran, in addition to entertainers similar to Lucille Ball, Grace Kelly and John Wayne — the ultimate TV interview he performed earlier than he died three months later.
She was additionally identified for her lisp, a speech obstacle that cemented her place as a cultural icon when she was parodied within the Nineteen Seventies as Baba Wawa by the late comic Gilda Radner on the well-known Saturday Night time Stay sketch.
In 2014, Walters retired from The View, a morning TV discuss present she created in 1997, ending a 53-year profession in broadcast journalism that introduced her 12 Emmy awards.