|Read by:||Walters, Barbara|
|Publisher:||Random House Audio|
|Publish Date:||May 2008|
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|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.37|
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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.
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
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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.
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 made Barbara aware of the ups and downs that can occur when someone is willing to take great risks.
The financial responsibility for her family, the fear, the love all 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 has spent a lifetime auditioning, and 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.