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Barbara Walters, The View
"I was a writer for the Today show when the so-called "Today Girl" was Maureen O'Sullivan, mother of Mia Farrow. She was a well-regarded actress, but she couldn't handle Today—the time cues, the hours. NBC needed a replacement for just 13 weeks, somebody they didn't have to pay much—and there I was. And there I stayed for 13 years. Can you imagine? My whole career is made."