By Dennis Abrams
Barbara Walters is the main unforeseen of tv pioneers. The daughter of a nightclub proprietor, she possessed a said Boston accessory and a mild speech obstacle making her an not likely candidate for a profession within the polished international of tv journalism, specifically at a time while jobs for ladies in tv information have been few and much among. but, in her approximately 50-year occupation, Barbara Walters has damaged limitations for ladies newshounds in all places. because the first girl cohost of the this present day convey and the 1st coanchor of a nightly information exhibit, she has helped to reshape not just the position of ladies in tv information but additionally the conception of ladies in society at huge. learn extra approximately this pioneering function version for generations of woman reporters in Barbara Walters: tv Host and manufacturer.
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For nearly a year, she dated Ted Cott, her boss at WNBT, an older man with two children who was in the midst of getting a divorce. But after that relationship began to fade and she started dating other men while still working with Cott, Walters found herself forced to leave WNBT and go in search of another job. She landed a job on The Eloise McElhone Show. Although her official title was executive producer, in reality she did it all: associate producer, writer, script girl, guest booker, and even coffee maker!
Nothing seemed to help the show’s ratings, but Walters, now 26, was beginning to get noticed. Morning Show producer Charlie Andrew remembered her as “ambitious, determined. , with Will Rogers Jr. as host. Despite the change, ratings were still low. Walters gave it her all, getting up every morning at four o’clock to arrive at the studio in her role as talent booker and all-around behind the scenes go-to idea person. One morning, though, when a bathing suit model failed to show up, Walters was drafted to take her place.
Although Walters had never worked in publicity, she did have a father who had been in show business nearly all his life. So, besides listing her skills in Speedwriting and typing on her résumé, she mentioned the fact that she was the daughter of Lou Walters and had grown up knowing most of New York’s most powerful Broadway columnists. Needless to say, she got the job. It was an invaluable learning experience for her. In no time, she was writing up to six press releases a day. And when not writing releases, Walters would call the columnists personally.