Just Announced: Barbara Walters' Picks for Most Fascinating People of 2013

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A vibrant, young Oscar winner known as "the girl on fire," an ABC News anchor who is in the fight of her life and the pop princess who helped turn "twerking" into a global phenomenon are just some of the people who made Barbara Walters' list for the "Most Fascinating People of the Year" for 2013

Some of the year's biggest names in news, entertainment and pop culture are sitting down with Walters for her annual special "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year." The 90-minute program will air Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Photos of Barbara Walters' picks for the "Most Fascinating People of the Year" for 2013

The special, in its 21 st year, includes Hollywood darling Jennifer Lawrence, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, ABC News' very own "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts, Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, together known as KimYe, the breakout stars from the hit reality TV show "Duck Dynasty," and arguably the most famous infant in the world - Duchess Kate and Prince William's baby George, the heir to the British throne.

The No. 1 most fascinating person of 2013 will be announced on the program. The show will also reflect on moments from the past 20 years of Walters' "Most Fascinating People of the Year" specials, which started in 1993.

This will be the last "Most Fascinating" special for Walters, who announced last May that she would retire from TV journalism next year.

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