Dimensions: 624 pages, 9.7 × 6.65 × 1.7 in
Published: May 6, 2008
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 030726646X
ISBN - 13: 9780307266460
About the Book
The most important woman in the history of television journalism offers this memoir that is heartbreaking and inspiring, surprising and fun, sometimes startling, and always riveting. Illustrated.
Read from the Book
Excerpt from the Prologue
Back in the sixties, when I was appearing daily on NBC's
Today show, I was living on Seventh Avenue and
Fifty-seventh Street. My apartment was across from Carnegie Hall
and on the corner of a very busy street. It was also near several
large hotels that catered to businessmen. Perhaps because of this,
the corner was the gathering place for some of the most attractive
"ladies of the evening." Each morning at five o'clock I would
emerge from my building wearing dark glasses, as I hadn't yet had
my makeup done, and I was usually carrying a garment bag. It seemed
obvious to the "ladies" that there was some big "number" I had just
left. Now, bear in mind that, even then, I wasn't exactly a spring
chicken. But I would emerge and look at the young ladies, some of
whom were still teenagers. "Good morning," I would say. "Good
morning," they would answer. And then I would get into this long
black limousine with its uniformed driver, and we would glide off
into the early morning light. And you know what effect all this had
on the ladies?
I gave them hope.
Perhaps this book may do that for you.
So here it is, the whole package, from the beginning.
Table of Contents
Lou, Dena, and My Princess Grandmother
The Pistachio Green House
New York, New York
Miami at War
"A very normal girl"
It Gets Worse
Television 102 and a Strange Marriage Proposal
Passage to India
A Funeral and a Wedding
Thirteen Weeks to Thirteen Years
Becoming Barbara Walters
Garland, Capote, Rose Kennedy, and Princess Grace
Born in My Heart
Dean Rusk, Golda Meir, Henry Kissinger, and Prince Philip
Sad Times in Florida
Winning Nixon, Losing Sinatra
Exit Hugh, Enter McGee
Marriage On the Rocks
Historic Journey: China with Nixon
A Dead Marriage and the Dead Sea
Resignation in Washington. Victory in New York
Fun and Games in Washington
Special Men in My Life
Egypt, Israel, and ¡Hola, Castro!
The Million-Dollar Baby
"Don't let the bastards get you down"
Thank Heaven! The Specials
The Historic Interview: Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin
Exit Harry, Enter Hugh
Heartbreak and a New Beginning
The Hardest Chapter to Write
9/11 and Nothing Else Matters
Presidents and First Ladies: Forty Years Inside the
Heads of State: The Good, the Bad, and the Mad
Adventures with the Most Mysterious Men
Over Again, Never Again
Celebrities Who Affected My Life
To Be Continued . . .
From the Publisher
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 of a male-dominated industry. She
was the first woman cohost of the Today show, the first
female network news coanchor, the host and producer of countless
top-rated Specials, the star of 20/20, and the
creator and cohost of The View. She has not just
interviewed the world's most fascinating figures, she has become a
part of their world. These are just a few of the names that play a
key role in Barbara's life, career, and book: Yasir Arafat, Warren
Beatty, Menachem Begin, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy
Carter, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Roy
Cohn, the Dalai Lama, Princess Diana, Katharine Hepburn, King
Hussein, Angelina Jolie, Henry Kissinger, Monica Lewinsky, Richard
Nixon, Rosie O'Donnell, Christopher Reeve, Anwar Sadat, John Wayne
. . . the list goes on and on.
Barbara Walters has spent a lifetime auditioning: for her bosses at
the TV networks, for millions of viewers, for the most famous
people in the world, and even for her own daughter, with whom she
has had a difficult but ultimately quite wonderful and moving
relationship. 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.
From the Jacket
"Audition is brutally honest, both about Walters and those
she's worked with. Readers won't be left wondering what she thinks
of anything, or anyone, for that matter. . . . It's a fascinating
look at a woman who has lived a fascinating life."
-Laura L. Hutchison, The Free Lance-Star
"[Walters'] heartfelt candor lifts this book above mere
titillation. . . . blended with this personal drama is a delightful
tale of the golden age of television . . . Through 50-plus
chapters, you feel as though you've enjoyed a year of weekly
lunches with Walters . . . She regales you with the juicy
behind-the-scenes details of the celebrities she's interviewed,
mixed in with stories of her own trials and tribulations. In the
end, you envy her a little less and admire her more."
-Kathleen Matthews, Washington Post
"…the book is a triumph!"
-Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic
"…the grande dame of TV news has written a blockbuster. . . .
Readers will gobble up the excerpts from scores of interviews with
world leaders, politicians, celebrities and murderers."
-Kathleen Daley, New York Sun
"an indispensable book along with a surefire monster best
seller…intensely readable…She's TV's original monarch and superstar
where power, show business and journalism converge. It's Barbara
Walters' world, and the rest of us just live in it. [Her] mammoth
memoir, doesn't just touch chords, it's a 600-plus page
-Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News
-Rebecca Traister, Salon.com
"Ms. Walters's story is greatly humanized by the family memoir that
colors her long litany of professional successes."
-Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"an unusually ambitious and successful book. …suffused with an
emotional intensity…it belongs to a part of American culture that
Walters helped invent."
-Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker
"She doesn't shy from the tough stuff… Nor does Walters, an
entertainer as much as a ground-breaking journalist, skimp on the
-Allison Adato, People
"…the crowning glory of a remarkable career…"
-Liz Smith, New York Post
-Jo Piazza, New York Daily News
"…compulsively readable… [Walters] gives us an entertaining
panorama of a full life lived and recounted with humor and bracing
honesty. Alternating between tales of her personal struggles,
professional achievements and insider anecdotes about the
celebrities and world leaders she's interviewed, this mammoth
memoir's energy never flags."
-Publishers Weekly (starred)
"A smart, funny, fascinating book in which Walters captures
possibly her most elusive subject: herself."
-Ilene Cooper, Booklist (starred)
About the Author
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.
“ Audition is brutally honest, both about Walters and those she''s worked with. Readers won''t be left wondering what she thinks of anything, or anyone, for that matter. . . . It''s a fascinating look at a woman who has lived a fascinating life.” –Laura L. Hutchison, The Free Lance-Star “[Walters’] heartfelt candor lifts this book above mere titillation. . . . blended with this personal drama is a delightful tale of the golden age of television . . . Through 50-plus chapters, you feel as though you’ve enjoyed a year of weekly lunches with Walters . . . She regales you with the juicy behind-the-scenes details of the celebrities she’s interviewed, mixed in with stories of her own trials and tribulations. In the end, you envy her a little less and admire her more.” –Kathleen Matthews, Washington Post “…the book is a triumph!” —Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic “…the grande dame of TV news has written a blockbuster. . . . Readers will gobble up the excerpts from scores of interviews with world leaders, politicians, celebrities and murderers.” –Kathleen Daley, New York Sun “an indispensable book along with a surefire monster best seller…intensely readable…She’s TV’s original monarch and superstar where power, show business and journalism converge. It’s Barbara Walters’ world, and the rest of us just live in it. [Her] mammoth memoir, doesnR