Barbara Walters: Her Life in Pictures

As she signs off from The View, take a look back at the pioneering newswoman's amazing 53-year television career

  • MAKING HISTORY photo | Barbara Walters

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Updated: Thursday May 15, 2014 | 12:00 PM EDT By: Nancy Mattia & Charlotte Triggs

MAKING HISTORY

Meant to join Today as a temporary replacement for "Today Girl" Maureen O'Sullivan – "They hired me for 13 weeks and I stayed on for 13 years," she jokes – Walters (with Jack Lescoulie, left, and Hugh Downs in 1963) refused to be called "girl." In 1974 she was named cohost, the first female to reach that position on a show dominated by men. "After me, every woman was a cohost. I feel very good about that," she says.