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Barbara Walters: Life in pictures

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Barbara Walters has interviewed everybody from Saddam Hussein to Michael Jackson. She has been mocked on “Saturday Night Live” and recognized in the American Heritage Dictionary. Through her many years interviewing cultural icons, Walters has become one herself. (ABC)
Making history
In total, Walters spent 15 years on “The Today Show.”

She started out writing for the show, and soon enough, became a reporter. In 1974, Walters made history by becoming the first female cohost on “The Today Show.” (ABC)
Walters snags Lewinsky interview
Walters often scores the most sought-after interviews. In 1999, she even managed to land the first interview with Monica Lewinsky. The Lewinsky interview drew a reported 74 million viewers. (ABC News / Associated Press)
Walters and ‘The View’
Walters can be seen on the daily gabfest “The View,” which has been going strong since August 1997. Walters co-owns and co-produces the series. (ABC)
Friends in high places
Walters has chatted with every American president and first lady since Richard Nixon! (ABC / Associated Press)
Waterworks
So if reporters are a dime a dozen, what distinguishes Walters from her contemporaries? For starters, she knows how to turn on the waterworks. Walters is both celebrated and criticized for her unparalleled ability to make her interviewees cry. (ABC)
Recognition
Walters has received one Emmy and two Daytime Emmys for her achievements. She has been nominated many more times. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
Home life
Walters has three marriages under her belt and one adopted daughter, Jackie. (ABC)
Compensation
As a reporter, Walters is in a class of her own, and her paycheck reflects it. She made Forbes’ Top 20 TV earners list in 2007, with an annual income of $12 million. (ABC)
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