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GMA's Robin Roberts pays emotional tribute to 'incredible' Barbara Walters

Robin Roberts honored Barbara Walters with a heartbreaking tribute.

Rebecca Lewis
Rebecca Lewis - Los Angeles
Los Angeles correspondentLos Angeles
31 December 2022
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Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts has paid tribute to the "fearless and brave" Barbara Walters. Robin - who is currently on a Christmas vacation with her partner Amber Laign - returned to social media to honor the "trailblazer", who has passed away at the age of 93.

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"Barbara Walters passed away peacefully at her home at the age of 93. An incredible life and woman. A trailblazer in every sense of the word. Fearless and brave are two words that immediately come to mind," Robin captioned a post of a picture of her with Barbara.

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"She was also generous and kind. I remember the first time I met her in person. We were both speakers at an event. I sent her flowers afterwards and she immediately sent me a handwritten thank you note," she continued.

"Thank you Barbara for your stellar example and friendship. Sending my condolences to her daughter and family."

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Barbara was a booking agent's daughter and began her career in journalism with NBC in 1961. She rose through the ranks of a male-dominated industry and was not only the first female co-host of a US news program but also the first female network news anchor on an evening bulletin. 

She joined ABC news in 1976 and forged an impressive and expansive career; she became the co-host of 20/20 in 1979 and launched The View in 1997 where she co-hosted until 2014. At the time, her $1million salary with ABC made her a media superstar.

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Robin paid tribute to Barbara

Barbara went on to win 12 Emmy Awards and interviewed every US president from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump, as well as a multitude of celebrities.

She retired from screens in 2014.

A statement from her publicist, Cindi Berger, was released on Friday and read: "Barbara Walters passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones. She lived her life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer not only for female journalists, but for all women."

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