Barbara Walters' Days Of Glory: 5 Best Interviews And Questions Asked
Now 88, Ailing Barbara Walters has continued falling into deeper despair and is reportedly paranoid and afraid to leave her home.
Barbara's Health Condition
For some time now, she has been confined to her New York City apartment and is taken care of round the clock by nurses tasked with keeping the iconic ex-newscaster alive! It is disheartening that Barbara has not been seen in public since July 2016 and may never be seen on TV again. According to a sourse claim:
Barbara has been showing all the signs of advanced dementia in recent months.
She has to have someone watching over her at all times. She’s so disorientated she rarely remembers who she is talking to.
Though there has been no official statement on the state of her well-being, as her reps deny she is suffering from dementia, an insider said:
She’s gotten so weak that she’s been forced into that wheelchair for fear she’ll wander out onto the streets on her own, ... The way things look now … she has just months or weeks to live.
Barbara Walters' Bio
Born on September 25th, 1929, Barbara Jill Walters is an iconic American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality now in her prime. Barbara is famous for having hosted a variety of television programs, including The View, Today, 20/20, and also the ABC Evening News.
She was ranked #34 on the TV Guide "50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time" list in 1996 and in 2000 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Walters soared to fame as a television personality in the early 1960s, as a writer and segment producer of "women's interest stories" on the NBC News morning program The Today Show. As a result of her prowess and interviewing ability couples with her popularity with viewers, she received more airtime on the program.
In 1976, continuing as a pioneer for women in broadcasting, she became the first female co-anchor of a network evening news, working with Harry Reasoner on the ABC News flagship program, the ABC Evening News, earning an unprecedented US$1 million per year.
Since retirement as a full-time host and contributor, she has continued to occasionally report for ABC News. In the more than 50 years of her career in broadcast journalism, Barbara Walters has asked a lot of gut-questions.
From world leaders, a convicted killer or a celebrity that sat across from her, Walters' interviews were always eye openers, were known for bringing several people to tears. So here are some of her amazing interviews:
1. Michael Jackson
Her interview with Michael Jackson was as intense as it was interesting. Here is an excerpt of how it went down.
Walters: ''The way you dress, the way you look–invites attention. The whole appearance as you grew up was larger than life. More extreme. You don’t think that calls the paparazzi to you?''
Jackson: "No, no, no. Maybe I like to live that way, I like to dress that way. I don’t want paparazzi, really, but if they come? Be kind. Write the kind thing to write."
Walters: "Michael, is it the press’ role to be kind?"
Jackson: "To be kind?"
Walters: "Because the press also sometimes has to look into things, to be tough. You can’t always be kind."
Jackson: (laughs) "What you saw happen to Lady Diana? You tell me."
She sure did pull out a Jackson we did not often see.
2. Hillary Clinton
Walters has interviewed Clinton several times, but what was prime for most viewers was when instead of asking Clinton about Benghazi, Walters pushes the former First Lady to run for President.
Walters: "What would it take to convince you to run in 2016?"
Clinton: "You know, that’s all hypothetical because right now I have no intention of running."
And no, it wasn't all hypothetical. It became more than an intention and she did run for presidency.
3. Lucille Ball
In this interview Walters broke down any form of privacy and asked Ball about Arnaz - right in presence of her husband!
Walters: "You had the success. The marriage looked perfect. It was everything, and then it fell apart."
Ball: "That was his problem."
Walters: "And I heard you were devastated."
Ball: "I couldn’t understand anymore than–for the same reason you’re asking the question."
Walters: "I think people still don’t understand it."
Ball: "I don’t either."
4. Monica Lewinsky
Monica Lewinsky is probably one of three most known interns. In an interview with her in 1999 over her relationship with Bill Clinton Walter asked:
Walter: “Is Bill Clinton a sensuous, passionate man?”
5. Clint Eastwood
Of the numerous "handsome ever" interviewed by Walters, she admitted that she had the biggest crush on Clint Eastwood. She said:
We did an interview, and he began to flirt.
Walters said: “And I fell apart.”
During the 1980 interview, Walters told Eastwood:
Walter: "You would drive me nuts and I would drive you crazy because I would be saying, ‘But didn't you, or haven't you, or haven't you...?"
Eastwood: “Well, we could try it and see if it worked out.”
Walter: "We'll start with this interview if this is OK, and we get somewhere, well, maybe we’ll do another interview. .. I think we'll stop and reload.”
These are only a few of the amazing interview sessions Barbara has held in the course of her career.