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Young people starting out in television sometimes say to me: “I want to be you.” My stock reply is always: “Then you have to take the whole package.”

And now, at last, the most important woman in the history of television journalism gives us that “whole package,” in her inspiring and riveting memoir. After more than forty years of interviewing heads of state, world leaders, movie stars, criminals, murderers, inspirational figures, and celebrities of all kinds, Barbara Walters has turned her gift for examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life.

Barbara Walters’s perception of the world was formed at a very early age. Her father, Lou Walters, was the owner and creative mind behind the legendary Latin Quarter nightclub, and it was his risk-taking lifestyle that gave Barbara her first taste of glamour. It also made her aware of the ups and downs, the insecurities, and even the tragedies that can occur when someone is willing to take great risks, for Lou Walters didn’t just make several fortunes—he also lost them. Barbara learned early about the damage that such an existence can do to relationships—between husband and wife as well as between parent and child. Through her roller-coaster ride of a childhood, Barbara had a close companion, her mentally challenged sister, Jackie. True, Jackie taught her younger sister much about patience and compassion, but Barbara also writes honestly about the resentment she often felt having a sister who was so “different” and the guilt that still haunts her.

All of this—the financial responsibility for her family, the fear, the love—played a large part in the choices she made as she grew up: the friendships she developed, the relationships she had, the marriages she tried to make work. Ultimately, thanks to her drive, combined with a decent amount of luck, she began a career in television. And what a career it has been! Against great odds, Barbara has made it to the top of a male-dominated industry. She was the first woman cohost of the Today show, the first female network news coanchor, the host and producer of countless top-rated Specials, the star of 20/20, and the creator and cohost of The View. She has not just interviewed the world’s most fascinating figures, she has become a part of their world. These are just a few of the names that play a key role in Barbara’s life, career, and book: Yasir Arafat, Warren Beatty, Menachem Begin, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Roy Cohn, the Dalai Lama, Princess Diana, Katharine Hepburn, King Hussein, Angelina Jolie, Henry Kissinger, Monica Lewinsky, Richard Nixon, Rosie O’Donnell, Christopher Reeve, Anwar Sadat, John Wayne . . . the list goes on and on.

Barbara Walters has spent a lifetime auditioning: for her bosses at the TV networks, for millions of viewers, for the most famous people in the world, and even for her own daughter, with whom she has had a difficult but ultimately quite wonderful and moving relationship. This book, in some ways, is her final audition, as she fully opens up both her private and public lives. In doing so, she has given us a story that is heartbreaking and honest, surprising and fun, sometimes startling, and always fascinating.

Synopsis:

In a riveting and candid memoir, the acclaimed television journalist chronicles the people, events, and forces that have shaped her life and career, from childhood to the present day, discussing her relationships with men, family, friends, coworkers, and rivals; her struggle to make it in a man's world; and the interviews she has conducted during her forty-year-career. 750,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Young people starting out in television sometimes say to me: “I want to be you.” My stock reply is always: “Then you have to take the whole package.”

And now, at last, the most important woman in the history of television journalism gives us that “whole package,” in her inspiring and riveting memoir. After more than forty years of interviewing heads of state, world leaders, movie stars, criminals, murderers, inspirational figures, and celebrities of all kinds, Barbara Walters has turned her gift for examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life.

Barbara Walters’s perception of the world was formed at a very early age. Her father, Lou Walters, was the owner and creative mind behind the legendary Latin Quarter nightclub, and it was his risk-taking lifestyle that made Barbara aware of the ups and downs that can occur when someone is willing to take great risks.

The financial responsibility for her family, the fear, the love all played a large part in the choices she made as she grew up: the friendships she developed, the relationships she had, the marriages she tried to make work.

Ultimately, thanks to her drive, combined with a decent amount of luck, she began a career in television. And what a career it has been! Against great odds, Barbara has made it to the top of a male-dominated industry.

She has spent a lifetime auditioning, and this book, in some ways, is her final audition, as she fully opens up both her private and public lives. In doing so, she has given us a story that is heartbreaking and honest, surprising and fun, sometimes startling, and always fascinating.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Barbara Walters is the first woman ever to cohost a network news program. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. An ABC News correspondent, she is also host of The Barbara Walters Specials and the creator, cohost, and co–executive producer of ABC Daytime’s The View. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Lou, Dena, and my princess grandmother — My childhood — "Skinnymalinkydink" — Sixty-three cents — The pistachio green house — New York, New York — Miami at war — "A very normal girl" — Sarah Lawrence — Television 101 — Bad choices — It gets worse — Television 102 and a strange marriage proposal — Passage to India — A funeral and a wedding — Thirteen weeks to thirteen years — Becoming Barbara Walters — Garland, Capote, Rose Kennedy, and Princess Grace — Born in my heart — Dean Rusk, Golda Meir, Henry Kissinger, and Prince Philip — Sad times in Florida — Winning Nixon, losing Sinatra — Exit Hugh, enter McGee — Marriage on the rocks — Historic journey : China with Nixon — A dead marriage and the Dead Sea — Resignation in Washington. Victory in New York — Fun and games in Washington — Special men in my life — Egypt, Israel, and Hola, Castro! — The million-dollar baby — "Don't let the bastards get you down" — Thank heaven! The Specials — Finally, Fidel — The historic interview : Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin — Exit Harry, enter Hugh — Heartbreak and a new beginning — The hardest chapter to write — 9/11 and nothing else matters — Presidents and first ladies : forty years inside the White House — Heads of state : the good, the bad, and the mad — Adventures with the most mysterious men — Murderers — Uncommon criminals — Over again, never again — Celebrities who affected my life — Monica — The View — Exit-- To be continued ...

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307269546
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Publisher:
A.A. Knopf
Author:
Walters, Barbara
Author:
Barbara Walters
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Television Personalities
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Journalists -- United States.
Subject:
Walters, Barbara
Subject:
Television journalists - United States
Subject:
Audio Books-Biographies
Subject:
Audio Books-Biography
Subject:
Audio Books-World Affairs
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Film and Television-Biography
Subject:
Journalism - General
Subject:
Journalism-Journalists
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080506
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
612

Related Subjects

Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts
Biography » General
Biography » Women

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Product details 612 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307269546 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In a riveting and candid memoir, the acclaimed television journalist chronicles the people, events, and forces that have shaped her life and career, from childhood to the present day, discussing her relationships with men, family, friends, coworkers, and rivals; her struggle to make it in a man's world; and the interviews she has conducted during her forty-year-career. 750,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Young people starting out in television sometimes say to me: “I want to be you.” My stock reply is always: “Then you have to take the whole package.”

And now, at last, the most important woman in the history of television journalism gives us that “whole package,” in her inspiring and riveting memoir. After more than forty years of interviewing heads of state, world leaders, movie stars, criminals, murderers, inspirational figures, and celebrities of all kinds, Barbara Walters has turned her gift for examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life.

Barbara Walters’s perception of the world was formed at a very early age. Her father, Lou Walters, was the owner and creative mind behind the legendary Latin Quarter nightclub, and it was his risk-taking lifestyle that made Barbara aware of the ups and downs that can occur when someone is willing to take great risks.

The financial responsibility for her family, the fear, the love all played a large part in the choices she made as she grew up: the friendships she developed, the relationships she had, the marriages she tried to make work.

Ultimately, thanks to her drive, combined with a decent amount of luck, she began a career in television. And what a career it has been! Against great odds, Barbara has made it to the top of a male-dominated industry.

She has spent a lifetime auditioning, and this book, in some ways, is her final audition, as she fully opens up both her private and public lives. In doing so, she has given us a story that is heartbreaking and honest, surprising and fun, sometimes startling, and always fascinating.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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