Barbara Walters

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Barbara Walters has redefined the role of women on television news. She started at CBS as a producer and writer in the 1950s, and by the 1960s she was in front of the camera at NBC. She changed the tenor of her position by not shying away from serious topics and became the Today Show’s first female co-host in 1974. Walters moved to ABC in 1976 when the network hired her as the first woman to co-anchor the national evening news. She later became the co-host of ABC’s 20/20. Walters has interviewed world leaders, including Israel’s Menachem Begin, Cuba’s Fidel Castro, and Egypt’s Anwar Sadat, and brought celebrities to tears in her legendary year-end conversations on The Ten Most Fascinating People. In 1997 she developed the morning program The View. Initially seen as a gamble for ABC, the program proved a success and is still on the air even after Walters’s retirement.
Barbara Walters ha redefinido el papel de la mujer en las noticias televisivas. Comenzó en CBS como productora y redactora en la década de 1950, y en la siguiente ya estaba frente a las cámaras en NBC. Allí cambió el tono de su participación, optando por no evitar los temas serios, y en 1974 se convirtió en la primera mujer coanfitriona del programa matutino The Today Show. En 1976 se trasladó a la cadena ABC como primera mujer ancla del noticiario nacional de la tarde. Más tarde se unió al equipo de presentadores del programa 20/20 en la misma cadena. Walters ha entrevistado a líderes mundiales como el israelí Menachem Begin, el cubano Fidel Castro y el egipcio Anwar Sadat, y supo emocionar hasta las lágrimas a muchas celebridades con sus legendarias entrevistas de fin de año en la serie The Ten Most Fascinating People. En 1997 desarrolló el programa matutino The View. En un principio, ABC lo consideró un riesgo, pero ha resultado un éxito y continúa transmitiéndose incluso después de haberse retirado Walters.
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Portrait
National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
© 2016, Lynn Gilbert
Artist
Lynn Gilbert, born 1938
Sitter
Barbara Walters, born 25 Sep 1929
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 24.1 × 16.2cm (9 1/2 × 6 3/8")
Sheet: 26.5 × 17.8cm (10 7/16 × 7")
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York
1980
Type
Photograph
Object number
NPG.2014.12