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Audition: A Memoir by [Barbara Walters]
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“The crowning glory of a remarkable career.” —Liz Smith, New York Post“An ambitious and successful book. . . . .Suffused with an emotional intensity. . . . It belongs to a part of American culture that Walters helped invent.” —The New Yorker“Walters doesn’t shy from the tough stuff.... Nor does she, an entertainer as much as a groundbreaking journalist, skimp on the fun bits.”—People“A frank, graceful memoir of a...groundbreaking career in television.” —O, The Oprah Magazine“Walters’ heartfelt candor lifts this book above mere titillation.... Blended with this personal drama is a delightful tale of the golden age of television.... She regales you with the juicy behind-thescenes 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.” —The Washington Post“Audition contains some fascinating stories (Walters censoring her interview with a sloshed Betty Ford), a good deal of frankness (defending her friendship with GOP power broker Roy Cohn), and grand old war stories from her groundbreaking stints with Today and ABC News.” —Entertainment Weekly“Compulsively entertaining.” —Salon“Witty, candid and full of history, both her own and of the events of the past five decades, Walters’s memoir is a fascinating look at the life of a groundbreaking journalist.”—The Post and Courier (Charleston)“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 “…the book is a triumph!”—Caitl...

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*Starred Review* Audition might seem an odd title for this long-awaited autobiography. After all, who is more established in the public’s mind than the iconic Walters? But  that’s what is so terrific about this book. Walters really does let readers see what’s behind her TV persona, and in many ways, what she reveals is an insecure woman whose life has been one audtion after another. The daughter of a night-club impresario and a mother who wanted a more stable life, Walters moved a lot, ever the new kid. But the greatest influence on her young life was her mildly retarded sister, who evoked in Walters both love and guilt. Her family’s ups and downs led her to believe that one day she would be financially responsible for them, and that eventually happened. But as Walters makes clear, this insecurity is also what propelled her forward; her strong work ethic and some good timing also helped to shape her amazing career. However, all that success came at a price. It affected her marriages and her daughter, and it engendered amazing hostility from male colleagues unwilling to give this pioneer a break. For readers of a certain age, much of the pleasure of the book comes in remembering along with Walters: her star interviews, her trip to the Bay of Pigs with Castro, her talks with kings, queens, and presidents. Then there’s dish on what really happened behind the scenes at The View. A smart, funny, fascinating book in which Walters captures possibly her most elusive subject: herself. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 624 pages
  • File size : 4689 KB
  • Publication date : May 6, 2008
  • Publisher : Vintage; 1st edition (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B0015DRO0K
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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