Barbara Walters was honored by Robin Roberts, the anchor of Good Morning America, who paid tribute to her. Robin, who is now on holiday with her companion Amber Laign, took to social media to pay tribute to the “trailblazer,” who died at the age of 93. Robin and Amber Laign are spending the holidays together.
“Barbara Walters, 93, died in her own home. A life and a woman of immense importance. Someone who forges new paths in every sense of the word. The first two words that come to mind when I think of you are courageous and fearless.” Robin had posted a picture online with a message that characterized her and her buddy Barbara.
“On top of that, she was quite nice and generous. I remember our first face-to-face meeting vividly. We both delivered talks at the same occasion. After that, I had the flowers delivered, and she thanked me in an almost immediate note.” She continued to speak.
“I am grateful to Barbara for her friendship and for the beautiful example she has set. My heartfelt sympathies are extended to her daughter and the rest of her family.”
Barbara began her career in journalism with NBC in 1961. Her father was a booking agent, and she wanted to be like him. She was not just the first female co-host of a US news program, but also the first female primetime network news anchor. She accomplished this by rising through the ranks of a predominantly male-dominated profession.
She joined 20/20 as a co-host in 1979 and launched The View in 1997, where she remained a co-host until 2014. She began her work with ABC News in 1976 and went on to have an incredible and varied career. Her annual salary with ABC was $1 million at the time, catapulting her to the level of media superstar.
Barbara went on to win a total of twelve Emmys and did interviews with a wide range of celebrities, including every president of the United States from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump.
She decided to step away from the screens in 2014.
“Barbara Walters died without suffering in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by family and friends,” her publicist, Cindi Berger, said in a statement released on Friday. She has no regrets about the way she lived her life. She paved the way not only for other female journalists but for all women in general.”