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The Late Movies: Barbara Walters' Best Interviews

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Recently, rumors swirled that famed broadcaster Barbara Walters, who has dominated the television for more than 50 years, was going to announce her retirement. A few days later, Walters disputed the notion—to the relief of her longtime fans. Walters, who began her career in 1961 on The Today Show, has interviewed hundreds of famous people with her hard-hitting, tough-as-nails style. Here, six of her most memorable moments.

Katharine Hepburn

Walters was teased mercilessly for asking the famous actress what kind of tree she would be.

Monica Lewinsky

This interview was seen by 74 million viewers, making it the highest-rated television interview ever.

Fidel Castro

Walters expertly interviewed the dictator in 1977. Twenty-five years later, they revisited the interview and sparred over some of the same topics.

Johnny Carson

In 1984, Walters sat down with the late-night host.

Elizabeth Taylor

The broadcaster was good friends with Taylor. Here, she spoke to her after Taylor was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Bashar al Assad

This controversial interview with the Syrian ruler was headline-grabbing, in-your-face and tough.

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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