Legendary reporter, interviewer, news anchor, author and television personality Barbara Walters died at the age of 93 on Friday (December 30), ABC News writes. Understandably, many fans, colleagues and celebrities have begun to mourn the loss of the pioneering journalist, including the famous musician Paul McCartney
Born in Massachusetts in 1929, Walters grew up around famous people because her father, Louis, was a booking agent and nightclub producer. After graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1953, she worked as a writer and/or publicist for NBC and CBS. In 1961, she joined NBC’s The show todayand by the mid-1970s she had also hosted her own show (Not just for women) and co-anchored ABCs Evening news along with Harry Reasoner.
As ABC News aptly notes, this means Walters became “the first female anchor of an evening news program.”
Of course, she is perhaps best known for being a co-host 20/20 from 1979 until her retirement in 2004, as well as co-host The view from 1997 until her retirement in 2014. Along the way, she conducted dozens of significant interviews with figures such as Boris Yeltsin, Michael JacksonKatharine Hepburn, Jimmy Carter, Monica Lewinsky, Caitlyn Jenner, Elton John and Dolly Parton.
In 1987, she even hosted one 20/20 specially called “Children of Heavy Metal”, which examined the evolving culture and influence of the genre from multiple perspectives.
In addition to writing two books – the 1970s This is how you talk to practically anyone about practically anything and the 2008s Audition: A Memoir – she received numerous awards. For example, she won several Daytime Emmy Awards (and was nominated for exponentially more), as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2000.
It’s clear that Walters was as trailblazing as she was talented and beloved, which is why it’s no surprise that McCartney honored the late trailblazer on Twitter earlier today (Dec. 31). In his multi-part tweet, he wrote:
Nancy [Shevell, wife] and I am so saddened by the news of the passing of her dear cousin Barbara Walters. The two enjoyed a deeply loving relationship over many years and I was proud to share some of those special moments. Barbara was an amazing woman who more than held her own in the early days of male-dominated television and went on to become a worldwide celebrity known for her many insightful interviews with stars from all walks of life. We will miss her, but always remember her with great love.
Well said Sir Paul. You can see his entire series of tweets below.
Loudwire also extends its condolences to Walters’ entire family, friends, colleagues and everyone else whose lives she touched.
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