Audition: A Memoir (Hardcover)

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Young people starting out in television sometimes say to me: “I want to be you.” My stock reply is always: “Then you have to take the whole package.”

And now, at last, the most important woman in the history of television journalism gives...

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Barbara Walters is the first woman ever to cohost a network news program. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. An ABC News correspondent, she is also host of The Barbara Walters Specials and the creator, cohost, and co–executive producer of ABC Daytime’s The View. She lives in New York City.
Young people starting out in television sometimes say to me: “I want to be you.” My stock reply is always: “Then you have to take the whole package.”

And now, at last, the most important woman in the history of television journalism gives us that “whole package,” in her inspiring and riveting memoir. After more than forty years of interviewing heads of state, world leaders, movie stars, criminals, murderers, inspirational figures, and celebrities of all kinds, Barbara Walters has turned her gift for examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life.

Barbara Walters’s perception of the world was formed at a very early age. Her father, Lou Walters, was the owner and creative mind behind the legendary Latin Quarter nightclub, and it was his risk-taking lifestyle that gave Barbara her first taste of glamour. It also made her aware of the ups and downs, the insecurities, and even the tragedies that can occur when someone is willing to take great risks, for Lou Walters didn’t just make several fortunes—he also lost them. Barbara learned early about the damage that such an existence can do to relationships—between husband and wife as well as between parent and child. Through her roller-coaster ride of a childhood, Barbara had a close companion, her mentally challenged sister, Jackie. True, Jackie taught her younger sister much about patience and compassion, but Barbara also writes honestly about the resentment she often felt having a sister who was so “different” and the guilt that still haunts her.

All of this—the financial responsibility for her family, the fear, the love—played a large part in the choices she made as she grew up: the friendships she developed, the relationships she had, the marriages she tried to make work. Ultimately, thanks to her drive, combined with a decent amount of luck, she began a career in television. And what a career it has been! Against great odds, Barbara has made it to the top ...

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Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0
ISBN 9780307266460
Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Format Hardcover
Pages 609
Publisher Date 2008-05-06 00:00:00.0
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
Copyright Year 2008
Height 9.5 in
Wdth 7.25 in
Thickness 1.5 in
Unit weight 2.5 lb
Language English
Subtitle A Memoir
Audience General/trade
Authors Walters, Barbara

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  • Interesting Book

    Wonderful read for those interested in the world of politics and famous people world-wide. It lived up to all the hype on the book. Barbara Walters has led a very intriguing life interviewing important people world-wide, never afraid to ask "the questions". I highly recommend.

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  • Very satisfied

    This book is well worth reading from cover to cover. It is amazing how Barbara Walters grew up and what a remarkable woman she is!!!!

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  • Audition is Right On!

    Barbara Walters is the closest we have to American Royalty...her story is from the heart!

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  • Aduition by Barbara Walters

    This was a gift for mother's day to my mom. She loved it. It was the easiest present I have ever sent

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