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American broadcast journalist and television personality Icon Barbara Walters passed away today at 93

Barbara Walters, one of the most famous American broadcast journalists, has died at the age of 93 on Friday evening, according to ABC News, her former employer. A cause of death was not provided immediately.

Walters, Hugh Downs and Joe Garagiola on TODAY in the 1960s. She joined the show as a writer and researcher in 1961

Though a celebrity as much as anyone she covered, Walters pursued serious subjects as well. She was an unexpected pathbreaker. And If you remember Walters as a journalist who blurred the lines between news and entertainment, there is some truth to that.

Walters poses with TODAY co-workers Joe Garagiola, Frank Blair and Frank McGee on Nov. 22, 1971

She easily delivered lines like these to introduce Hollywood’s “it” couple for her special, “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2006” saying, “Those lips, those eyes, that body. When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie met on the set of ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith,’ it set off Hollywood’s hottest romance.”

Barbara Walters became the first female co-anchor of an evening news program in 1976; co-anchor Harry Reasoner (Photo Barbara Walters’ “Audition”)

Whether she was interviewing celebrities or the first couple, her questions were often direct.

In a Thanksgiving special with President Barack Obama and the first lady Michelle Obama, Walters asked the first lady, “You love him very much, don’t you?” (NPR – David Folkenflik)

Barbara Jill Walters (September 25, 1929 – December 30, 2022) was an American broadcast journalist and television personality. Known for her interviewing ability and popularity with viewers, Walters appeared as a host of numerous television programs, including TodayThe View20/20, and the ABC Evening News. Walters was a working journalist from 1951 until her retirement in 2015.

Hugh Downs and Walters on the set of the newsmagazine “20/20” on June 28, 1993. The duo worked on the program together from 1979 until 1999, when Downs retired. (Photo Steve Fenn – American Broadcasting Companies,

Walters continued to host her 10 Most Fascinating People series on ABC in 2014 and 2015. Her last on-air interview was with Donald Trump for ABC News in December 2015, and she made her final public appearance in 2016. (Wikipedia)

Walters, seen at far right with Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, Margaret Hoover and Sherri Shepherd, created the talk show “The View” in 1997. It was announced in April 2014 that May 16 would be her last day on the show, but she could continue work as an executive producer. (Photo: Heidi Gutman / ABC)