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Arguably the most famous interviewer in television history, journalist Barbara Walters has been breaking boundaries for more than half a century. She became the first woman to host a morning show when she joined the team at NBC's Today in 1974, she was the first television journalist to receive a million-dollar salary, and she was the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast. She's credited with turning interviewing into an art form, having sat down with virtually every A-list celebrity and each president and first lady since Richard Nixon was in the White House.

In her book Audition, Barbara turns the spotlight on herself, opening up about her own life as she never has before. "It was going to be a little book," Barbara says. "But then I thought, 'If I'm going to do it, I've got to tell everything.'"

Barbara says the title of the book comes from her sense that her entire life has been an audition. "As a child, I felt that I didn't belong—I was auditioning. I kept going to different schools—I was auditioning. Most of my professional life, I've been auditioning," she says. "I think for a lot of us, life is an audition."
FROM: Barbara Walters' New Revelations
Published on November 24, 2008


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