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Barbara Walters: Television Host and Producer (Women of by Dennis Abrams

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 moderate speech obstacle making her an not likely candidate for a profession within the polished global of tv journalism, specifically at a time while jobs for ladies in tv information have been few and much among. but, in her approximately 50-year profession, Barbara Walters has damaged boundaries for girls reporters in every single place. because the first woman cohost of the this day convey and the 1st coanchor of a nightly information convey, she has helped to reshape not just the position of girls in tv information but additionally the notion of ladies in society at huge. learn extra approximately this pioneering position version for generations of girl reporters in Barbara Walters: tv Host and manufacturer.

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Walters loved being a mother. Thirty years after adopting Jacqueline, she spoke to McCall’s about what it meant to her: “She is what makes it a home. I wanted a child very very badly. You have to want a child very badly if you’re in this business. I made the choice. ”15 Of course, unlike most other working mothers, Walters was able to afford live-in staff to be with Jacqueline when she could not be there herself. Like many other working mothers, Walters also felt a great deal of guilt when she was not able to be there.

For a period, the weather • 37 38 • Barbara Walters report was done by a young woman in a bathing suit in a glass tank who drew circles on a map to show the areas being forecast. Another time, an archery champion was brought in to shoot arrows into a large map of the United States while Dick Van Dyke read the weather report. Nothing seemed to help the show’s ratings, but Walters, now 26, was beginning to get noticed. Morning Show producer Charlie Andrew remembered her as “ambitious, determined.

Guber was not, as she had attempted to be during her first marriage, going to settle for being “just” a housewife. When she learned that Pat Fontaine was going to be let go from her role as the Today Girl, Walters lobbied furiously for the job. Instead, to her great disappointment, the job was given to film and Broadway actress Maureen O’Sullivan, today best remembered for her role as Jane in the early Tarzan movies and as mother of actress Mia Farrow. Making It in a Man’s World It turned out, however, that the skills needed to be an actress are often very different than the ones required on a morning television show.

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