More than 45 million people watched Barbara's interview with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. From thong underwear to phone sex to the infamous blue dress, every detail was revealed in the interview.
Monica says she had hoped that by doing an interview with Barbara Walters that people would be able to "get to know me as a real person, rather that a silent image of Monica Lewinsky that was up on the TV screen every night."
"The night before I was interviewed by Barbara, and the morning of, I was a nervous wreck," Monica says. "It was long, it was mentally exhausting, it was emotionally draining and it was scary. I was scared. I think I felt like I had so much riding on it, because I had just hoped that everybody in the country would all watch this interview and change their mind. The interview gave me a sense of emotional relief and it was a feeling of closure on one chapter of this nightmare."
Barbara says she likes Monica and has kept in touch with her. "Look, she was very young and she had a huge crush…she is a decent girl, and she is a good-natured girl and a good girl," Barbara says. "I wish her everything good. I think it's been very tough."
It was just four months after his tragic horse-riding accident that Barbara Walters introduced America to a Christopher Reeve it had never quite seen before. Since then, Barbara has been by his side each step of the way, documenting every moment of progress in his personal journey with paralysis.
"With us, she genuinely is interested in our story," Christopher says. "And if not, she did a great job of faking it. She continues to care about what happens to me and my family. It's really been quite extraordinary."
Christopher has become one of Barbara's dearest friends and someone she's interviewed five times now. He had a special message for Barbara: "I want to thank you for the friendship that's grown so strong over the years of this journey. You're the best! You, too, Oprah!"
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."
Oprah: You said when you walk out of the studio you were going to check into a spa the next day. Do you still plan to do that?
Barbara: Yes, Jackie and I are going to a spa. I can use it, by the way… When have I been able to go to a spa before?
Oprah, to Jackie: How do you feel about her stepping down and taking more time for herself?
Jackie: I think there's a lot of noise that people kind of get…they get wrapped up in their work and their jobs and think it's their life. I think she's at a point right now where she's really confident in herself and she's done that already.
Barbara: My work is not my whole life.
Jackie: That's a part of you. That's not who you are. And, hopefully, if you're really good, you can conjoin both. The only bad thing is she's going to call me all the time now!
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