"I want to be you" is what young people starting out in television would say to Barbara Walters, her reply was always "Then you have to take the whole package". But that package has been kept as a closely guarded secret to the real world for her entire career. Even her age is speculated by different media (tabloid) outlets. This book reveals all.
As is usual in an celebrity's life, the beginning is not always pretty. She talks in detail about her sister and her deficiencies. Whether now with all the testing and diagnosing and help available might her sister's life have been different? How her Father worked night and day to make the world of entertainment an everyday thing for everyday people. Lou Walters didn't get much recognition in life but recently had a street named after him in NY, where the Latin Quarter once stood.
She talks about her many romances, and speaks candidly about her marriages. Her chapter on Merv was familiar to me as she talked about Lorimar and such.
The chapter on her daughter is beautifully written about an ugly time. A time most parents of teenage daughters go through but hid from their friends. It is good to read that with everything they went through, there is hope in the end.
The last third of the book deals mainly with her hundreds of interviews, it is fascinating to read how hard she worked to get the "get". How much travel and fatigue is involved.
I have never been a "fan" per se. But I am definately impressed with all she has done and the "glass ceilings" she has broken for many women.
An in-depth autobiography of the news legend Barbara Walters. The first 100-200 pages are solely about her upbringing and family history and how she first got into broadcast news. That first part was really interesting. Barbara talks about how she was the first woman to do various TV roles and how she led the way for other women to follow in her footsteps. She also goes into great detail about various interviews she has done with celebrities and political figures and how she stays in touch with them, even after the interview is over (or not). I stopped reading about 350 pages in. Honestly, after 350 pages, the book seems to be a lot of name-dropping and either bragging or complaining about the various interview situations she found herself in. It got to be very monotonous and I had to put the book down. I enjoyed reading the first half of the book, but the second half just gets to be too much, IMHO. If you're a diehard Barbara Walters fan you will probably like this.
Read by Barbara Walters, the book is conversational and personable. It began without pizazz, but made up for it in its insightful views of early television, discrimination against women within the industry, and of how one woman's determination and willingness to work above and beyond propelled her to success. Walters' honesty about her insecurities and how they played a part in her drive to succeed is also an interesting aspect of the book. Walters conveys her passion for her work as well as a passion for her reading/listening audience in her willingness to openly share her heartbreaks as a way to give hope to those of us in her "audience" for our own lives.
Loved this book!!! So much information on people that you are familiar with and never knew what was going on behind the scenes... fasinating!!!
This was a truly fascinating account of Barbara Walter's life, both personal and professional. I was impressed with how honest she chose to be. There was a lot of information that didn't need to be shared, but she figured if she was writing a book there was no holding back.