Friday, May 14, 2010

Barbara Walters and Betty White — TV's Strongest Women

As you have most likely heard by now, Barbara Walters underwent heart surgery this week. By all accounts the procedure went well, and she should be released from the hospital before the week is over. We're happy to hear the news and hopeful for her full recovery.

Now that Barbara's the wacky, grand dame on The View, it's easy to forget that she was a pioneer for women on TV. Her hard hitting interviews and successful journalistic ladder climbing paved the way for all female anchors and reporters to come, like Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, and Meredith Viera.

The Archive of American Television spoke with Barbara ten years ago and she described how she conducts an interview. She's such a pro. It's fascinating. To see the whole interview, check out the Archive's website.

And while Barbara recuperates from her surgery, the debate has started over who should be her temporary replacement. Rumors range from Kate Gosselin to Gayle King (Oprah's BFF).

But we have a better idea. We're nominating another of the strongest and hardest working women on television — The Golden Girl of the hour, Betty White. After all, she almost got Barbara's job way back in the day. Watch this clip to find out more.

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