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Audition: A Memoir


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ISBN13: 9780307266460
ISBN10: 030726646x
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Back in the sixties, when I was appearing daily on NBCs Today show, I was living on Seventh Avenue and Fifty-seventh Street. My apartment was across from Carnegie Hall and on the corner of a very busy street. It was also near several large hotels that catered to businessmen. Perhaps because of this, the corner was the gathering place for some of the most attractive “ladies of the evening.” Each morning at five oclock I would emerge from my building wearing dark glasses, as I hadnt yet had my makeup done, and I was usually carrying a garment bag. It seemed obvious to the “ladies” that there was some big “number” I had just left. Now, bear in mind that, even then, I wasnt exactly a spring chicken. But I would emerge and look at the young ladies, some of whom were still teenagers. “Good morning,” I would say. “Good morning,” they would answer. And then I would get into this long black limousine with its uniformed driver, and we would glide off into the early morning light. And you know what effect all this had on the ladies?


 I gave them hope.

 Perhaps this book may do that for you.

 So here it is, the whole package, from the beginning.

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goodnclassy2, May 30, 2008 (view all comments by goodnclassy2)
this was excellent! I have always wanted to learn more about news reporting, and the life of barbara walters. She is quite the remarkable person, and a legendary inspiration to all woman. A must read for ALL!!
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Walters, Barbara
Knopf Publishing Group
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Personal Memoirs
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Television Personalities
United states
Journalists -- United States.
Walters, Barbara
Television journalists - United States
Biography - General
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9.7 x 6.65 x 1.7 in 2.2 lb

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Product details 624 pages Random House - English 9780307266460 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Although Walters writes, 'It was not in my nature to be courageous, to be the first,' her compulsively readable memoir proves otherwise. No one lasts on TV for more than 45 years without the ability to make viewers feel comfortable, and Walters's amiable persona perfectly translates to the page. She gives us an entertaining panorama of a full life lived and recounted with humor and bracing honesty. Walters is surprisingly candid: about her older sister's retardation, her father's suicide attempt, her midlife affairs (including ones with John Warner — before and after his marriage to Elizabeth Taylor — and a very married Edward Brooke, the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction), her daughter's troubled teen years and her acrimonious relationships with coanchors Frank McGee and Harry Reasoner. She vividly recounts her decision to leave NBC's Today Show after 14 years to become the first female nightly news coanchor, and tells of the firestorm of criticism she endured for accepting that pioneering position and its million-dollar salary. Alternating between tales of her personal struggles, professional achievements and insider anecdotes about the celebrities and world leaders she's interviewed, this mammoth memoir's energy never flags. 32 pages of photos. (One-day laydown May 6)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Her book is composed of four strands: accounts of the interviews (padded, but fascinating); behind-the-scenes contract negotiations with her various employers (dull); reminiscences about her domestic arrangements, beginning in childhood (carefully couched, but interesting); and kiss-and-tell revelations about her romantic life, which just about killed me." (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
"Review" by , "A legitimately star-studded autobiography... the portrait of a deftly calculating woman with an impeccable sense of timing... There will never be another television news career like this one."
"Review" by , "[T]he crowning glory of a remarkable career that opened doors for women everywhere. And is still opening them."
"Review" by , "An unusually ambitious and successful book.... Walters knows how to put on a show. Although nothing in Audition comes as a shock... it has just the right number of personal but not icky revelations, and they enrich, rather than spoil, a sense of intimacy."
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