The 3 Interviews Barbara Walters Wants to Be Known For

Act 9: If a person had never seen her work, Walters would want them to see these three interviews.
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if a person had never seen your work before and you could only show a few of your interviews, what would they be? I would like to show John Wayne. I did an interview with him just three months before he died. Oh, he was so masculine and straightforward. And also, when I was having such trouble on television, he sent me a telegram that said, "Don't let the bastards get you down. Signed, John Wayne." Walters: Do you feel in a relationship that the man should be the boss, the macho, the -- well, if this country had stayed the way it was and if we hadn't made it so tough for a family to keep up their type of living -- their wives had to go to work -- I would think it would be more pleasant -- I think it'd be more pleasant for the -- for the lady, as well. For the man to go to work and the lady to stay home? The man to go to work and the lady to have her other interests -- political, uh, bridge, uh... Oh, are you gonna be in trouble! Why? I mean, what if I said to you, "Why don't you -- " you know, "Duke," I'd say, "You know, have your little life. Bridge -- good. Play your bridge, stay home." Good. I'll go play bridge and you go do the work. That's fine with me. I love bridge. You go do the do you watch your old movies on television? Occasionally, when there's a real oldie. Like, they had "Wake of the red witch" on the other night. I looked at it -- I don't know -- till I fell asleep. How'd you feel? Well it's -- it's kind of, um, irritating to see. I was a good-looking 40-year-old man, and suddenly I can look over here and see this 71-year-old. You're not a bad-looking fella. Well, yeah. And I'm not squawking. But, you know, you kind of think, "God I was pretty wonderful then." Are you a changed man since the illness? Did it affect you very much? I don't think it did. You know, it -- it -- listen, I spoke to the man up there on many occasions, and I have -- but I've always had deep faith that there is a supreme being. There has to be. You know, it's just -- to me that's just a Normal thing to have that kind of faith. The fact that he's let me stick around a little longer -- or she's let me stick around a little longer -- certainly goes great with me. And I want to hang around as long as I'm healthy and not in anybody's way. Has it been a good life? Great for me. Any regrets? Great for me. Eh, here and there, probably. If you had it to do all over again, would you -- I'd do it the same way. The same way. Stick around for a while longer, will you? I sure want to. Thank you, Mr. Wayne. Thank you, Barbara. I would also choose the interview with robin givens and her then-husband, Mike Tyson. Everywhere I went the next day, people asked me about it. You know what people write about you, say about you. You know, this is the beautiful, glamorous actress. This is a man who was a high school dropout. What did you have in common? Our honesty, our sense of tradition. He was persistent. He came to claim me, and I like that. There was no prenuptial agreement. No. And why should there be? We got married to be together forever, not to plan for a divorce. What do you think about what robin's saying? For this stage of my life, I do have many a millions. My wife just has to ask for it, and she has every penny I have. She has the right to do that. She's still here. She tolerates my And I love my wife. Robin, some of the things that we've read -- that he's hit you, that Mike has a very volatile temper -- true? I think that there's -- there's a time when he cannot control his temper, and that's frightening to me. Does he hit you? He shakes. He pushes. He swings. He -- sometimes I think he's trying to scare me. There are times when -- well, there were times when it happened when I thought I could handle it, you know? And just recently, I've become afraid -- I mean very, very much afraid. What is your greatest fear now, robin? Probably that we won't make it, that this would have all been in vain. And, like, every day's a battle. You going to win this battle? Yeah, I usually come out on top, and I plan on coming out on top again. One week later, robin givens filed for divorce. I would also choose Monica lewinsky, the most famous intern of all time, and I think still the highest-rated news interview of all time, and no wonder. The relationship between her and bill Clinton is discussed almost to this day. November 15, 1995. And that day, you found yourself alone with bill Clinton in the chief of staff's office, and you lifted the back of your jacket and you showed the president of the united States your thong underwear. Where did you get the nerve? I mean, who does that? Well, when I first found myself alone with him, I was very nervous. And we were having small talk. And I remember thinking to myself, "Okay, well, this is it. "If this is going to happen, maybe you should let him know you're interested." So I blurted out, you know, "I have a crush on you." He kissed you. Yes. What did you think? He's a good kisser. How did it become so intimate so quickly? This may be hard for people to hear or accept. I said it before -- I thought he was my sexual soul mate. Did you ever tell bill Clinton that you were in love with him? Yes. You did? What did he say? He said, "That means a lot to me." Did he ever tell you that he was in love with you? No. What will you tell your children when you have them? "Mommy made a big mistake."

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