Barbara Walters, one of the finest and most respected journalists of her generation, died Friday night, according to the star’s rep.
She was 93 years old.
“Barbara Walters passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones,” Cindy Berger said in a statement, adding:
“She lived a big life. She lived a life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer not just for women journalists, but for all women.”
Over the course of her career, Walters wrote for CBS News … worked on the Today Show … co-anchored the ABC Evening News … reported for 20/20 … and co-hosted until she retired Helped create View, who appeared frequently as a show from 2014.
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger also announced Walters’ death, tweeting that the “one and only reporter” died at his New York home.
“Barbara was a true legend and pioneer not only of the woman of journalism, but of journalism itself,” Iger wrote, calling his colleague and friend of three decades “the most important woman of our time.” I mentioned that I landed some of the interviews.
In the wake of this sad news, many other celebrities also paid their respects to Walters. Below are some examples listed…
Oprah Winfrey: “Without Barbara Walters, I wouldn’t exist. I don’t have the other women you see in the news every evening, morning, every day. She was a true Trailblazer. I’ve always had her in my mind. I did my first TV audition in 2017. I am grateful that she was such a powerful and graceful role model.Thank you for getting to know her.Thank you for following her light. To do.”
Dan Rather: “The world of journalism has lost its pillars of professionalism, courage and integrity. Barbara Walters was a trailblazer and a true professional. Thought and effort. She left the world for it. She will be deeply missed. RIP.”
Elizabeth Vargas: “I am truly saddened to hear that Barbara Walters passed away tonight…she shattered the glass ceiling and made way for the many women who follow her on TV news…like me To. I will never forget her.”
Tamron Hall: “Legend. Blueprint. Maximum. Rest in peace Barbara Walters.”
star jones: “I owe Barbara Walters a debt I can’t repay. Sister…mother…friend…colleague…mentor, rest.”
Megan McCain: “Barbara Walters has always been known as the trailblazer. Her poignant questions and welcoming demeanor have made her a celebrated leader in American journalism. Her creation of The View Something I will always be grateful for. Rest in peace, you are an icon forever.”
viola davis: “What can I say about the life, legend and icon of Barbara Walters? has redefined what a “newsperson” is. You redefine femininity. It was an honor to share the space. Good night Mistress! you got the crown “
Alyssa Milano: “Rest in peace Barbara Walters. Thank you for finding my voice.”
Hugh Jackman: “Deb and I are so saddened by the passing of Barbara Walters. She was a trailblazer, terribly funny, generous, open-minded and a good friend. We threw some of the most memorable dinner parties we’ve ever been to and Barbara is ready to spice things up.”
Tamar Braxton: “I never wanted to be a daytime talk show host until I saw this view. I knew it was possible. Because I saw it. It hurts. Thank you, Miss Barbara.”
Walters never remarried after divorcing her third husband, Marv Adelson, in 1992.
She is survived by her daughter Jacqueline (“Jackie”) Danforth and ex-husband Lee Guber.