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Barbara's adopted daughter Jackie says it was tough growing up as the child of a famous personality. Jackie says that she didn't want people to know that her mother was Barbara Walters, and that she sometimes lied about it!

"How do you sit down and say, 'By the way, my mom's Barbara Walters?'" Jackie says. "It's interesting because most people think we live this really glamorous life...my mom is extremely down to earth. She is wicked funny.

"[But] I think that growing up in New York City when I told people, people were still a little floored. So when I went to move to Washington state, I thought I'm going to [keep it a secret] and see what happens," Jackie says. "And it was really hard. I mean, it's my mom and me, and that's pretty much it. So to cover up your whole life, it's a lot of pressure."
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FROM: Barbara Walters
Published on September 16, 2004

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