The legendary journalist Barbara Walterswho died this Friday at 93 years oldstarted on Today’s show and made its way as the first woman to co-anchor the evening news on television in the United States.
She has made an unforgettable name for herself as an interviewer for celebrities, businessmen and politicians. In her last appearance in 2014, she expressed, “How proud I feel today when I see all the young women who are making and reporting the news today. If I’ve done anything to help make it happen, that will be my legacy.”
Here are some of the most remembered speeches:
The first edition of The Barbara Walters specials opens in 1976 with singer Barbra Streisand, sharing space with the president of the United States Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter.
Fidel Castro, 1977
Walters’ interviews with political leaders from around the world included the Shah of Iran, Boris Yeltsin, Margaret Thatcher, Václav Havel, Moammar Gaddafi, Hugo Chávez and many others, but none had a greater impact than his speech with Fidel Castrowhom he finally persuaded in 1977 to pose for ABC cameras after a two-year campaign of letters and phone calls to the Cuban mission to the United Nations.
“At my funeral, or in my obituary, you can mention that I once asked Katharine Hepburn in 1981 what kind of tree she wanted to be,” Walters recalled in a 2004 special for Unusual.
The former James Bond tried in 1987 to justify the comments he made to Playboy 20 years earlier defending women’s slaps: “I haven’t changed my mind… They want to have the final say and you give them the final say. They want to say it again and get into a really provocative situation, so I think it’s totally right. ” . Tremendous.
Mike Tyson and Robin Givens
Why do you love him?” Walters wanted to know in 1988, and described the boxer’s temper as “scary,” “intimidating,” and “out of control.” After a while, they separated.
When interviewing Courtney Love in 1997, Walters asked a lot of tough questions, like “Have you ever used drugs in front of your child?” or “Do you blame yourself for your husband Kurt Cobain’s suicide?” But when Love said “yes,” blaming herself, Walters was gracious and genuinely emotional.
“Where was your self-esteem? Where was your self-esteem…?“. In what may have been the height of his influence, Walters brought the subject of the biggest scandal of the ’90s to the show in 1999. 20/20, in her first interview since news of her affair with President Clinton broke.
In the case of Schwarzenegger, Walters was at the forefront: in a conversation in 2000 with the star of Terminator announced his successful run for governor of California.
Of all the cries in his interviews, the most poignant may have been Patrick Swayze’s in 2009, speaking of his father’s death and how much he loved “that man” and wanted to make him proud.
Charles Hurd is an entertainment journalist for News Rebeat. He brings a fresh and engaging voice to the world of pop culture, covering the latest developments in film, television, music, and more.