Barbara Walters—whose speaking style has spawned parodies and imitations since Gilda Radner’s “Baba Wawa” aired back in SNL’s first season—is one of the most enduring personalities in contemporary news media. In 1978, she became the first female co-anchor of a network evening news show, on ABC, leading the way for generations of female journalists.
Ms. Walters is best known for her interviews, whose scoopy, personality-focused dialogues are an eminently watchable blend of entertainment and hard news. Her Rolodex, and her willingness to ask the uncomfortable question, have extracted revelations from people ranging from political movers like Vladimir Putin and Margaret Thatcher to entertainment sensations like Michael Jackson and Katharine Hepburn. And as if that weren’t enough, Ms. Walters helped create (and currently co-hosts) the daytime talk-show The View, proving that this 83-year-old journalistic icon—and recent open-heart surgery survivor—isn’t planning on leaving our screens anytime soon.