By Dennis Abrams
Barbara Walters is the main unforeseen of tv pioneers. The daughter of a nightclub proprietor, she possessed a stated Boston accessory and a mild speech obstacle making her an not likely candidate for a profession within the polished global of tv journalism, specially at a time while jobs for girls in tv information have been few and much among. but, in her approximately 50-year profession, Barbara Walters has damaged limitations for girls newshounds all over the place. because the first lady cohost of the at the present time exhibit and the 1st coanchor of a nightly information exhibit, she has helped to reshape not just the position of girls in tv information but additionally the notion of girls in society at huge. learn extra approximately this pioneering function version for generations of woman reporters in Barbara Walters: tv Host and manufacturer.
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Dean Rusk, secretary of state in the Kennedy and Johnson • 51 52 • Barbara Walters administrations, took it upon himself to write her a fan letter in August 1967. ”13 When Rusk resigned his office at the end of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency in January 1969, Walters was granted an exclusive three-part interview that won her both critical acclaim and the envy of her colleagues. Although she was becoming known for her celebrity interviews, she worked and reported on other kinds of stories as well. Her stories were as varied as her interests: For example, she attended Playboy magazine president Hugh Hefner’s “bunny school,” where aspiring young women went to learn the skills needed to work in his clubs.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to link that insecurity to my father’s roller-coaster career or to my mother’s constant anxiety about my sister’s needs. 3 Fortunately, it was a relatively stable time for her and her family. Her father, mother, and sister were living in Las Vegas, where Lou Walters was making a brief showbusiness comeback, producing lavish shows with the high production values and showgirls he loved so much. As for Making It in a Man’s World • In this early 1960s photo, television journalists (left to right) Jack Lescoulie, Hugh Downs, Barbara Walters, and Frank Blair conduct a discussion in the Today show studio in New York City.
Downs, in turn, became one of Walters’s biggest allies and supporters. He urged the show’s producer to use her more often, substituting Walters for Today Girl actress Pat Fontaine. As she got more airtime, she became more confident in her abilities. She learned to speak more slowly, to smile more, to become more relaxed and less intense during interviews. She learned, as she has said, to “lighten up” on camera. All she needed now was her big break. She got it on one of the most tragic days in America’s history.
Barbara Walters: Television Host and Producer (Women of Achievement) by Dennis Abrams