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Born: September 25, 1929 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: Writer ...
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Some sources list 1929 as the year of Ms. Walters' birth.

"I was the kind nobody thought could make it. I had a funny Boston accent. I couldn't pronounce my R's. I wasn't a beauty." --Barbara Walters, in a 1974 interview in Newsweek

Responses to Walters's appointment to co-anchor the ABC Evening News with Harry Reasoner at a salary of a million dollars a year included a New Yorker cartoon with Walters ringleading a show-biz broadcast news complete with chorus line as well as Fred Friendly's remarks: "We make all kinds of statements about the right of the public to be informed. Those things can't get mixed up with million-dollar-a-year personalities. It's a sort of throwback to the days of Walter Winchell when news was done by name people who got a lot of money--but there wasn't much journalism in it...This isn't journalism, this is a minstrel show....is Barbara a journalist or is she Cher?" (See "The Complete Directory to Primetime TV Stars" and "Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television", vol. 6)

A justifiably exasperated Walters responded to the flurry of responses which followed the appointment which placed her on par with Harry Reasoner: "[It's] hypocritical that nobody questions Johnny Carson making $3 million a year. Newsmen supposedly must take less than entertainers because less somehow means pure. In five years people in TV news will be making much more than I." About her actual performance on the broadcast she noted, "I don't know what people expected...that I would come out in tap shoes and wear short skirts and nudge Harry and say cutesy things and bat my eyes?" (See "The Complete Directory to Primetime TV Stars" and "Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television", vol. 6)

Walters was named one of the most admired women in America in Gallup Polls (1982, 1984)

She was cited as one of America's 100 Most Important Women of the Century, Good Housekeeping magazine.

Walter was also named one of America's 100 Most Important Women of the Century, Ladies Home Journal

She was inducted to the Television Academy Hall of Fame (1990)

She received the Hubert H. Humphrey Freedom Prize from the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (1978)

She is also the recipient of a honorary doctorate from Ohio State University (1971)

Walters was awarded a honorary doctorate by Marymount College (1975)

She received a honorary doctorate from Temple University.

She is also the recipient of a honorary doctorate conferred by Hofstra University.

Walters was awarded a honorary degree by Wheaton College (1983)

She was also honored with career retrospective held at New York City's Museum of Broadcasting as part of their Fifth Annual Television Festival

Walters served as honorary chair to the National Association for Help for Mentally Retarded Children (1970)

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