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Audition: A Memoir

Format:  Hardcover,

609 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: May 2008

ISBN-13: 9780307266460

ISBN-10: 030726646X

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"Young people starting out in television sometimes say to me: "I want to be you." My stock reply is always: "Then you have to take the whole package."
"
And now, at last, the most important woman in the history of television journalism gives us that "whole package," in her inspiring and riveting memoir. After more than forty years of interviewing heads of state, world leaders, movie stars, criminals, murderers, inspirational figures, and celebrities of all kinds, Barbara Walters has turned her gift for examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life.
Barbara Walters's perception of the world was formed at a very early age. Her father, Lou Walters, was the owner and creative mind behind the legendary Latin Quarter nightclub, and it was his risk-taking lifestyle that gave Barbara her first taste of glamour. It also made her aware of the ups and downs, the insecurities, and even the tragedies that can occur when someone is willing to take great risks, for Lou Walters didn't just make several fortunes--he also lost them. Barbara learned early about the damage that such an existence can do to relationships--between husband and wife as well as between parent and child. Through her roller-coaster ride of a childhood, Barbara had a close companion, her mentally challenged sister, Jackie. True, Jackie taught her younger sister much about patience and compassion, but Barbara also writes honestly about the resentment she often felt having a sister who was so "different" and the guilt that still haunts her.
All of this--the financial responsibility for her family, the fear, the love--played a large part in the choices she made as she grew up: the friendships she developed, the relationships she had, the marriages she tried to make work. Ultimately, thanks to her drive, combined with a decent amount of luck, she began a career in television. And what a career it has been Against great odds, Barbara has made it to the top of a male-dominated industry. She was the first woman cohost of the "Today" show, the first female network news coanchor, the host and producer of countless top-rated "Specials, " the star of "20/20, " and the creator and cohost of "The View." She has not just interviewed the world's most fascinating figures, she has become a part of their world. These are just a few of the names that play a key role in Barbara's life, career, and book: Yasir Arafat, Warren Beatty, Menachem Begin, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Roy Cohn, the Dalai Lama, Princess Diana, Katharine Hepburn, King Hussein, Angelina Jolie, Henry Kissinger, Monica Lewinsky, Richard Nixon, Rosie O'Donnell, Christopher Reeve, Anwar Sadat, John Wayne . . . the list goes on and on.
Barbara Walters has spent a lifetime auditioning: for her bosses at the TV networks, for millions of viewers, for the most famous people in the world, and even for her own daughter, with whom she has had a difficult but ultimately quite wonderful and moving relationship. This book, in some ways, is her final audition, as she fully opens up both her private and public lives. In doing so, she has given us a story that is heartbreaking and honest, surprising and fun, sometimes startling, and always fascinating.

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Author:
Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: May 2008
ISBN-13: 9780307266460
ISBN-10: 030726646X
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 609
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 3.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.55 x 1.57 x 9.3

About the author

Biography of Walters, Barbara

Barbara Walters was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 25, 1929. She earned a B.A. in English from Sarah Lawrence College in 1951 and began her television career in the publicity department of an NBC affiliate in New York City. She went on to produce women's programs for an independent television station and later wrote and produced news and public affairs programs for CBS. In 1961 Walters became a writer and reporter for the NBC television show Today.

She was a regular panel member on the show from 1963 to 1974, when she became co-host. In 1976 Walters signed a then-record $1 million contract and moved to the rival ABC network as correspondent and the first female co-anchor of network evening news. In 1979 she began her 25 years as co-host of the television news magazine 20/20. She is also known for the Barbara Walters Specials, an irregularly scheduled celebrity interview series, as well as her participation and patronage of the daytime women's talk show, The View.

She was a contributor to the magazines Good Housekeeping, Family Weekly, and Reader's Digest, and in 1970 her popular book "How to Talk to Practically Anybody about Practically Anything" was published. She has also written the autobiography " Audition". In 1975 Walters was named broadcaster of the year by the International Radio and TV Society. She has won Daytime and Prime Time Emmy Awards and the GLAAD Excellence in Media award.

Walters received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2007 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Women's Agenda in 2008. In 2009 she was honored at the 30th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chapter outline

Prologue Lou, Dena, and My Princess Grandmother
My Childhood "Skinnymalinkydink" Sixty-three
Cents The Pistachio Green House New York
New York Miami at War "A very normal girl
Sarah Lawrence Television 101 Bad Choices It Gets Worse
Television 102 and a Strange Marriage Proposal Passage to India A Funeral and a Wedding
Thirteen Weeks to Thirteen Years Becoming Barbara Walters Garland, Capote
Rose Kennedy, and Princess Grace Born in My Heart Dean Rusk
Golda Meir
Henry Kissinger, and Prince Philip Sad Times in Florida Winning Nixon
Losing Sinatra Exit Hugh
Enter McGee Marriage
On the Rocks Historic Journey: China with Nixon A Dead Marriage and the Dead Sea
Resignation in Washington
Victory in New York Fun and Games in Washington Special Men in My Life Egypt, Israel, andHola, Castro!
The Million-Dollar Baby "Don't let the bastards get you down" Thank Heaven!
TheSpecials Finally, Fidel The Historic Interview: Anwar Sadat and Menachem
Begin Exit Harry
Enter Hugh Heartbreak and a New Beginning
The Hardest Chapter to Write 9/11 and Nothing Else
Matters Presidents and First Ladies: Forty Years Inside the White House
Heads of State: The Good, the Bad, and the Mad Adventures with the Most Mysterious
Men Murderers Uncommon Criminals Over Again
Never Again Celebrities
Who Affected
My Life Monica
The View Exit To Be Continued
Acknowledgments
Index

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2008-05-15)

After years of interviewing others, Walters tells her own story. She goes back to her grandparents in New York City, then imparts much about her father, producer and nightclub owner Lou Walters (most famously founder of the Latin Quarter), as well as her homemaker mother and her developmentally disabled sister. Walters uses the theme of "auditioning" as she narrates her move from school to school and then into her career.

Eventually, she describes her years in television journalism and her many famous interviews, including every President and First Lady since Richard and Pat Nixon, every major world leader, and countless celebrities. Walters also discusses her three marriages and her daughter, named for her sister. Her juggling of career and family--and the resulting guilt--is another major theme. Readers will get the inside scoop on some famous rumors, e.g., regarding Walters's relationships with Roy M. Cohn, Edward W. Brooke, and Fidel Castro; her role in the Iran-Contra affair; and the many coho st changes on The View.

Throughout, she maintains her typically professional, informed, and elegantly casual style, with occasional bits of humor and irony. Although this memoir is quite long, it is sure to delight celebrity and news junkies and Walters's fans. Recommended for all public libraries.

-Erica L. Foley, Clinton-Macomb P.L., Clinton Twp., MI

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2008-09-01)

Listeners have two recordings of Walters's 580-page tell-all from which to choose. The abridged version is read by the media personality herself, and other than affording listeners her authentic voice, complete with her trademark lisp, this version is not worthwhile--lasting just six hours, it omits massive amounts of information; notably, Walters's affair with former senator Edward Brooke. In the unabridged version, Bernadette Dunne does a fine job as a surrogate for Walters. The quality of both versions is excellent, and both are appropriate for audio and biography collections in all types of libraries. The unabridged version is recommended for purchase, though some collections may warrant the abridged, CliffNotes edition.

- Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2008 (United States)

Book description

Young people starting out in television sometimes say to me: “I want to be you.” My stock reply is always: “Then you have to take the whole package.”

And now, at last, the most important woman in the history of television journalism gives us that “whole package,” in her inspiring and riveting memoir. After more than forty years of interviewing heads of state, world leaders, movie stars, criminals, murderers, inspirational figures, and celebrities of all kinds, Barbara Walters has turned her gift for examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life.

Barbara Walters’s perception of the world was formed at a very early age. Her father, Lou Walters, was the owner and creative mind behind the legendary Latin Quarter nightclub, and it was his risk-taking lifestyle that gave Barbara her first taste of glamour. It also made her aware of the ups and downs, the insecurities, and even the tragedies that can occur when someone is willing to take great risks, for Lou Walters didn’t just make several fortunes—he also lost them. Barbara learned early about the damage that such an existence can do to relationships—between husband and wife as well as between parent and child. Through her roller-coaster ride of a childhood, Barbara had a close companion, her mentally challenged sister, Jackie. True, Jackie taught her younger sister much about patience and compassion, but Barbara also writes honestly about the resentment she often felt having a sister who was so “different” and the guilt that still haunts her.

All of this—the financial responsibility for her family, the fear, the love—played a large part in the choices she made as she grew up: the friendships she developed, the relationships she had, the marriages she tried to make work. Ultimately, thanks to her drive, combined with a decent amount of luck, she began a career in television. And what a career it has been! Against great odds, Barbara has made it to the top of a male-dominated industry. She was the first woman cohost of the Today show, the first female network news coanchor, the host and producer of countless top-rated Specials, the star of 20/20, and the creator and cohost of The View. She has not just interviewed the world’s most fascinating figures, she has become a part of their world. These are just a few of the names that play a key role in Barbara’s life, career, and book: Yasir Arafat, Warren Beatty, Menachem Begin, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Roy Cohn, the Dalai Lama, Princess Diana, Katharine Hepburn, King Hussein, Angelina Jolie, Henry Kissinger, Monica Lewinsky, Richard Nixon, Rosie O’Donnell, Christopher Reeve, Anwar Sad at, John Wayne... the list goes on and on.

Barbara Walters has spent a lifetime auditioning: for her bosses at the TV networks, for millions of viewers, for the most famous people in the world, and even for her own daughter, with whom she has had a difficult but ultimately quite wonderful and moving relationship. This book, in some ways, is her final audition, as she fully opens up both her private and public lives. In doing so, she has given us a story that is heartbreaking and honest, surprising and fun, sometimes startling, and always fascinating.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5★ by 10reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Awesome Life! There is nothing I can say, you just have to read this yourself. There is so much heart in a very inquizitive nature. I have read it twice, and I hope you enjoy it too. 05/09/2008
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Great Read The book is very well written and informative.She had a great and interesting life.I feel she could have skipped the affair with the senator. At this late date why smirch him and herself. Probably to sell books, but totally unnecessary. That in my opinion really cheapened the whole story. 06/09/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great Book This book was wonderfully written and really touched on parts of Barbara's life that most people had no knowledge of. She has managed to live and do a lot of things that were not captured by the press. I would like to commend her for having a personal life amidst all of that!! 05/30/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Audition: A Memoir I've only read half so far, but love it! I've been a fan of Barbara's for years she is really forthcoming and honest in the telling of her story.....if you are a fan, it is a must read. 06/02/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by One great book This was a great read! I didn't want it to end. Barbara Walters has lead an extremely amazing life through hard work, travel, meeting very important people & celebrities. I admire her courage in the face of the odds against a woman gaining success in the sixties & seventies. 06/03/2008
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