Barbara Walters Tributes Include a Unique One From Paul McCartney

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The death of Barbara Walters led to an enormous outpouring of respect for the trailblazing TV broadcast journalist. Walters, who in her remarkable career interviewed a virtual Who’s Who of newsmakers and inspired countless women to pursue careers, died on Dec. 30, 2022, at age 93. For someone who was a constant presence in our homes for six decades, her final years were in seclusion at her New York City home.

The consistent words of praise coming from fellow journalists and other celebrities were such phrases as “shattered glass ceilings” and “integrity.” We’ve included a handful of them including a unique one from Paul McCartney.

First, some of her career highlights from her longtime colleagues at ABC News.

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It was not that well known that Paul McCartney’s wife, Nancy Shevell, was a second cousin of Walters. (Shevell’s mother was Walters’ first cousin.) McCartney wrote, “Nancy and I are so saddened by the news of her dear cousin Barbara Walters’ passing. The two of them enjoyed a deep loving relationship over many years and I was proud to share some of those special moments. Barbara was an amazing woman who more than held her own in the early days of male-dominated television and went on to become a worldwide celebrity known for her many perceptive interviews with stars from every walk of life. We will miss her but always remember her with great fondness. Xx”

Here’s a classic clip from when she interviewed the Kardashians. “You don’t really act. You don’t sing. You don’t dance. You don’t have any, forgive me, any talent!”

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On her final show on The View, they brought one A-List female journalist after another to honor her.

Then there’s this self-serving tweet from The Walt Disney Company, which owns ABC News.

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