From moderating presidential debates, interviewing world leaders and chastising Monica Lewinsky, Barbara Walters goes down in history as one of the greatest interviewers of all time. See pictures of her best career moments here.
Barbara Walters announced on The View on May 13 that she will be retiring from TV journalism in 2014, and so HollywoodLife.com made a gallery of her best career moments! Barbara, 83, has had a monumental career that has lasted for more than four decades, in which time she became the first woman to co-host a news program when she joined Today in 1974, she created The View, and her interview with Monica Lewinsky attracted the highest rating ever for a news program. Click to see pictures.
Barbara Walters’ Best Career Moments
1) Interviewing Monica Lewinsky
In 1999, Barbara interviewed Bill Clinton‘s former intern and mistress Monica, and it was watched by a phenomenal 74 million people.
Barbara famously asked Monica, “What will you tell your children when you have them?” She replied, “Mommy made a big mistake.” Barbara then ended the interview by saying “And that is the understatement of the year.”
2) Calling Katherine Hepburn A Tree
Barbara’s most hilarious career moment was asking Katherine Hepburn a bizarre question on 20/20. “If you were a tree, what kind would you be?” Katherine responded “an oak” because they are “strong and pretty.”
3) Winning three Emmy’s
Barbara won three Emmy’s for her abilities at hosting a talk show. In 1975, she won the award for Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host for the Today show, followed by two Emmy’s for her work on The View in 2003 and 2009.
4) Moderating a Presidential Debate
In 1976, Barbara was also chosen to be the moderator for the final debate between Presidential candidates Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, held on the campus of the College of William and Mary at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall in Williamsburg, Virginia.
5) Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People
Every Christmas since it’s start in 1993, Barbara interviews her ten most fascinating people of that year on her show of the same name. Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin are the only people to have made the list three times.
Barbara Walters Retiring In Summer 2014
Speaking about her retirement, Barbara said:
I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on ‘The View’ and with ABC News. I created ‘The View’ and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it. I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain. I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women — and OK, some men too — who will be taking my place.
ABC News President Ben Sherwood said no one will ever be able to replace Barbara.
There’s only one Barbara Walters. And we look forward to making her final year on television as remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself. Barbara will always have a home at ABC News and we look forward to a year befitting her brilliant career, filled with exclusive interviews, great adventures and indelible memories.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you sad Barbara is retiring?
Our friends at NowThis News paid tribute to the legendary broadcaster — check out their great video below:
— Eleanore Hutch
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