Barbara Walters Dies at 93

Barbara Walters
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Sad news coming out tonight. Legendary newscaster and journalist Barbara Walters has passed away at the age of 93. Her passing was confirmed to Variety by her agent. In addition to being one of the most famous journalists in the world, Walters was a large part of the Walt Disney family, having been an integral part of ABC for decades. In 2008, Walters was inducted into the Disney Legends Hall of Fame.

Barbara Walters

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Throughout her long and incredible career, Walters has worked with a number of notable shows, including TODAY. IN 1976, Walters moved to ABC and was a news anchor for decades, before she became one of the original hosts of the hit ABC show, The View. Walters retired from reporting, and The View in 2014, and nearly every notable female journalist came onto the stage to surprise and honor her.

Barbara Walters the view

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Shortly after news of Walter’s passing broke, Disney CEO Bob Iger sent out a heartfelt message of condolence to her family.

Barbara was a true legend, a pioneer not just for women in journalism but for journalism itself. She was a one-of-a-kind reporter who landed many of the most important interviews of our time, from heads of state and leaders of regimes to the biggest celebrities and sports icons. I had the pleasure of calling Barbara a colleague for more than three decades, 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 we send our deepest condolences to her daughter, Jaqueline. 

D23 — the ultimate (and official) Disney fan club — shared more on Walter’s incredible career when she was made a Disney Legend in 2008.

“I was the kind nobody thought could make it,” Barbara Walters once said. “I had a funny Boston accent. I couldn’t pronounce my R’s. I wasn’t a beauty.” She was, however, a wholly unique combination of intelligence, ambition, drive, and character—a matchless personality that led her to one achievement after another in a remarkable fifty-year career.

Barbara was the first woman co-host of the Today show, the first female network news co-anchor, the host and producer of top-rated TV specials, the host and chief correspondent of “20/20,” and the creator and co-host of “The View.” She has not only interviewed the world’s most fascinating figures, she has become a part of their world.

Barbara Walters

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Walters was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 25, 1929. She leaves behind one daughter, Jacqueline Dena Guber

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