Audition by Barbara Walters
A Memoir

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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 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 made Barbara aware of the ups and downs that can occur when someone is willing to take great risks.

The financial responsibility for her family, the fear, the love all 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 of a male-dominated industry.

She has spent a lifetime auditioning, and this book, in some ways, is her final audition, as she fully opens up both her private and public lives. In doing so, she has given us a story that is heartbreaking and honest, surprising and fun, sometimes startling, and always fascinating.

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About Barbara Walters

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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.From the Hardcover edition.
Published May 6, 2008 by Vintage. 624 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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On the same page in Barbara Walters’s big, bean-spilling memoir there are photographs of Ms.

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On the domestic early-morning television front, I was having my own little battle.” Two years later, domestic hostilities had increased: after discussing her interviews with Anwar Sadat and Yitzhak Rabin, she points out that morning TV was then having “its own little war.” In her early 40s, Walte...

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Book Reporter

That’s not a bad formula for success.” Not only does she share her experiences with these famous figures, she also presents a moving story about one woman’s life as a legend in her own time.

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Deseret News

John Kenneth Galbraith, Harvard professor, prolific author and adviser to presidents, once wrote an entertaining little book titled "Namedropping" about all the famous people he had known.

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Barbara Walters's prodigious gift for intimacy won't surprise readers of Audition (Knopf), her frank, graceful memoir of a quasi-glamorous girlhood (her father was a daredevil nightclub entrepreneur) and groundbreaking career in television.

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Tucson Citizen

In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive.

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Miller explained that while Dzhokar admitted many of the same details to authorities during his 16 hours in custody, those admissions came “during the time he was interrogated but before he was given his Miranda warning.” The note gives prosecutors supporting and clearly admissible evidence even ...

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