While Barbara Walters is celebrated for her pioneering career, the veteran broadcaster once revealed she hoped one of the lasting legacies she’d leave behind after her death was her that of “a mother.”
“Oh, this is the toughest question,” she admitted. “I want to be remembered by my daughter as a good and loving mother.”
She continued, “I want to be remembered by my friends as somebody who was loyal; I want to be remembered in television, maybe as a creator, maybe as a good newswoman.”
She summed up, “No, more than being remembered, I hope that by younger women, I can help them aspire.”
Walters adopted Jacqueline, 54, as a newborn in 1968 with her second husband, theater producer Lee Guber, to whom Walters was married from 1963 to 1967.
“I very much wanted to have a child,” Walters said. “I had three miscarriages, and finally, my husband Lee Guber and I adopted a baby girl. I knew that my sister was never going to be married and have a child, and I wanted her to have part of the joy that I had. And so, I named my daughter Jacqueline after my sister.”
Walters has said that her older sister Jacqueline, who died of ovarian cancer in 1985, was “developmentally challenged.”
Walters explained in 2014’s Her Story why her only child has mostly stayed out of the spotlight over the years: “Jackie has found it difficult all her life because she wants to be anonymous, she just doesn’t like to be a celebrity. She may be the only one in the world who doesn’t like to be a celebrity.”
Walters said of the challenge that came with balancing her family and career, “I think everybody who works, not just someone who’s in television, not just a celebrity, faces a balancing act… There’s no answer, you do your best.”
“I look back and I think, ‘I wish I had been with her more.’ I was so busy with the career,” Walters admitted. “It’s the age-old problem; on your deathbed, are you going to say, ‘I wish I spent more time in the office’? No, you’ll say, ‘I wish I spent more time with my family.’ And I do feel that way, I wish I had spent more time with my Jackie.”ORDER A COPY OF ROB’S NEW BEST SELLING BOOK! Called “America’s Number ONE Gossip Columnist” by The National Enquirer. Rob ‘Naughty But Nice’ Shuter breaks celebrity news every day on his website NaughtyGossip.com where he delivers all the dish about the stars we love in his naughty but nice signature style. You can also catch him co-hosting and breaking celebrity news on Good Day New York, The Today Show, The Talk, Wendy Williams Show, CNN, Extra and Z100’s ‘Elvis Duran.’ Previously, Rob was the Huffington Post’s only celebrity columnist and the former executive editor of OK! Magazine. Rob has also hosted his own Saturday night talk show on Mark Cuban’s channel and his own daily morning show, ‘The Gossip Table,’ on VH1! Breaking some of the biggest entertainment stories, including Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy news, Britney’s first post-meltdown interview, Eva Longoria’s wedding, and baby exclusives for Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Mathew McConaughey’s tots, Rob always knows where to find the best scoop. Before Rob was one of the world’s most successful entertainment reporters, he was a publicist working for Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi! Now he is bringing all this experience to his new show on I HEART MEDIA in his unique cheeky way, that is always a pinch and never a punch!