Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People: Michelle Obama
First Lady Michelle Obama is Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of 2009. The first lady reflected on her "whirlwind" year, marriage and workout.
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Barbara Walters Most Fascinating Lady Gaga
Not just any other pop singer, Lady Gaga has exploded into a cultural phenomenon, making her mark in the world of entertainment in just one year. She became the first artist ever to have four No. 1 hits off a debut album, receive an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist and become one of the Most Fascinating People of 2009. She talked to Walters about her skyrocketing career, her family, and what she believes is the biggest misconception about her.
Barbara Walters Most Fascinating Glenn Beck
Controversial political commentator Glenn Beck has the most-watched cable news show on television, hosts a radio show that draws 8 million listeners and is one of the Most Fascinating People of 2009. Walters talked to Beck about what he calls his libertarian views, his battle with drugs and alcohol, and the "fascist" Obama administration. Asked about the president, Beck said, "I don't believe he's a man who says what he means and means what he says."
Barbara Walters Most Fascinating Tyler Perry
Entertainment mogul Tyler Perry is an actor, writer, producer, oversees a multi-million dollar empire, and is one of the Most Fascinating People of 2009. Perry came a long way from a difficult childhood – he had an abusive father -- to entertain audiences across America with famous characters like "Madea." Perry talked to Walters about creating his most-famous character to date: "When my mother was trying to protect me from my father, she started taking me everywhere with her. If I made one more trip to Lane Bryant I would have just died! She took me to the hair salon, all these women would get together and have their card games ... it gave me a sense of, a different sensibility toward women."
Barbara Walters Most Fascinating Adam Lambert
Season 8 "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert is one of this year's 10 Most Fascinating People. In the special, Lambert addresses those who criticized his risque performance at the American Music Awards, his sexuality and being openly gay in the public. He tells Walters, "You know, I am who I am, and I think that freedom of expression should be alive and well, and unfortunately it's not."
Barbara Walters Most Fascinating Sarah Palin
With the release of her memoir, "Going Rogue: An American Life," former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin sat down with Walters to discuss the 2008 campaign, her political aspirations and the toll fame has taken on her family life.
Barbara Walters Most Fascinating Jenny Sanford
South Carolina's first lady Jenny Sanford, who was thrust into the national spotlight when her husband, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, admitted to an affair with a woman in Argentina, is one of this year's 10 Most Fascinating People. A special Barbara Walters interview with Jenny Sanford will air on ABC in April 2010.