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From Castro to Kardashian: Walters prepares farewell

Published on May 15, 2014 6:18 AM
Barbara Walters attends the dedication ceremony as ABC News headquarters in New York is proclaimed 'The Barbara Walters Building' ABC News Headquarters Dedication Ceremony on May 12, 2014 in New York City. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - American television icon Barbara Walters will bring the curtain down on her glittering broadcasting career on Friday, signing off after more than five decades spent interviewing everyone from Fidel Castro to Kim Kardashian.

Walters, 84, famed for political and celebrity interviews during a 53-year career which blazed a trail for women journalists, will leave US screens when she co-hosts her chat show The View on the ABC network for the last time.

Her departure will be followed by a two-hour special charting her career, which began in 1961 when she joined NBC’s breakfast news and entertainment show Today.

Walters, who became the first female anchor of an evening news programme when she joined ABC in 1976, is a living legend of television journalism.

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