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How Barbara Walters Went From ‘Today Girl’ to Pioneering Media Star


She became the subject of a Madame Tussauds wax figure. Her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was placed on the sidewalk outside the theater used for the Academy Awards, between the stars for the television host Ryan Seacrest and the pop group Destiny’s Child — a “strange alignment” that Ms. Walters claimed “makes me hip and hot.”But while celebrity came to define her, it did not seem to faze her.Famous people moved frequently through her childhood, courtesy of her father, Lou Walters, an immigrant from England who she described as a “brilliant and mercurial impresario” who “made and lost several fortunes in show business.”He catered to customers like the Hollywood billionaire Howard Hughes and the Kennedy family patri …

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