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Barbara Walters: The 10 Best Interviews

In the past fifty years, newscasters such as the beloved Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley, Peter Jennings and more recently, Brian Williams have become household names. Perhaps though, it is Barbara Wa

In the past fifty years, newscasters such as the beloved Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley, Peter Jennings and more recently, Brian Williams have become household names. Perhaps though, it is Barbara Walters who has become a mainstay in the world of television news and is someone we have grown to depend on whether it be reporting human tragedy or bringing us into the homes of popular celebrities.

This summer, after more than 50 years as one of the most recognized faces (and voices) of television news, Barbara Walters has officially announced she will be retiring. Barbara's outstanding career began in 1961 when she became a co-host on NBC's Today Show and in 1976 she became the first ever female anchor person when she took over the ABC evening news program. Currently she appears on the show The View which she created in 1997. She will continue to stay on as the Executive Producer of the show.

Along with reporting the news, Walters has become famous for her one on one interviews and the direct yet casual style she uses to get answers to questions we all wish we could ask. She has built her reputation on being able to get "the first interview" from a wide variety of people, including world leaders and celebrities from the movie and music businesses. Below is a list of ten of the most intriguing interviews from the prolific Barbara Walters.

10 Judy Garland: 1967

9 Fidel Castro: 1977

8 Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin: 1977

7 Katharine Hepburn: 1981

6 Muammar Gaddafi: 1989

5 Michael Jackson: 1997

4 Bill Gates: 1998

3 Monica Lewinsky: 1999

2 Hugo Chavez: 2007

1 Bernie Madoff: 2011

For this interview with one of the most hated criminals of our time, Barbara was only allowed to bring in with her a pen and pad and twenty dollars worth of quarters for the vending machines. This was considered a "media interview" which is different from regular familial visits to inmates. No cameras were allowed for this interview. Madoff told Walters that he passes the time by reading and recently finished a book about Wall Street robber barons. He also said, "I feel safer here than outside." Barbara asked him what he would like to say to his grandchildren to which he responded, "I am sorry to have caused them pain."

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