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    • Barbara Walters: The most dominant person in my life was Jackie. I was embarrassed by her, and at the same time I loved her very much. I always knew I had to take care of Jackie — financially support her, but more than that. The sadness of her life gave me an understanding, and a compassion, and a pain in my heart

    • Barbara Walters: (on how she got started in TV): At a certain point I had to work. I had to support my whole family. My father was, I guess, what we would call an impresario. He produced great, glorious shows, kind of like Las Vegas shows, in at the time the most famous nightclub in America, called the Latin Quarter. Many comedians still know me as Lou A's daughter. But like many great impresarios, my father died broke, and I supported the family from the time I was about 22 or 23. I had to work. And I had a sister who was older than I, who was borderline retarded.

    • Barbara Walters: I was the kind nobody thought could make it. I had a funny Boston accent. I couldn't pronounce my R's. I wasn't a beauty.

    • Barbara Walters: (On interviewing) I find very often people like to confront rumors. It depends on how much they trust you. And you have to have a line between what is tasteful and what isn't.

    • Barbara Walters: My own opinion is that there's far too little flirtation in our country as it is. Most attractive males talk to most attractive women as if they were Rotarians comparing sales percentages in Des Moines.

    • Barbara Walters: Motherhood is tough. If you just want a wonderful little creature to love, you can get a puppy.

    • Barbara Walters: (on Star announcing live on air she was leaving The View.) I was trying to do everything I possibly could - up until this morning, when I was betrayed - to protect her. We gave her time to look for another job and hoped she would...leave with dignity. But Star made another choice.

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