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Inside Barbara Walters' Complicated Relationship with Her Mentally Disabled Older Sister

Olowokandi Fiyin
Jul 14, 2019
09:49 A.M.
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After a long stint as one of the most successful reporters of her time, one would expect tales of life as 'a bed of roses.' However, that is far from the truth as Barbara makes shocking revelations about her life and sour relationship with her family.
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In her memoir titled "Auditions," Barbara gave readers an insight into how her life and career which spanned over seven decades has been.

Barbara Walters attends the New York Public Library Lunch 2016: A New York State of Mind at The New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building | Getty Images

Barbara Walters attends the New York Public Library Lunch 2016: A New York State of Mind at The New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building | Getty Images

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Before the book was published, Barbara gave several interviews and revealed details of her life as she revisited painful memories of her private life despite an eventful career.

While speaking with New York Times' Bill Carter, Barbara revealed that she was always distant from her dad, who ran several nightclubs and often went into debt.

She also had issues with her adopted daughter, and couldn't control her emotions with her disabled sister, Jacqueline.

 Walters leaves after the final episode of "The Late Show with David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater | Getty Images

Walters leaves after the final episode of "The Late Show with David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater | Getty Images

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While describing her relationship with her sister, Barbara

said

:

"I loved her, but as I said at times, I hated her. That was painful to say.”

Barbara's daughter was named after Jacqueline.

Barbara Walters attends the Hollywood Reporter's 2016 35 Most Powerful People in Media at Four Seasons Restaurant | Photo: Getty Images

Barbara Walters attends the Hollywood Reporter's 2016 35 Most Powerful People in Media at Four Seasons Restaurant | Photo: Getty Images

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However, Barbara's strained relationship with her sister wasn't her only regret.

While on an interview with

ABC NEWS

, the 89-year-old once disclosed that her biggest regret was not spending more time with closed ones. In her

words

:

"And, you know, 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."

Barbara Walters attends the 2015 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center | Getty Images

Barbara Walters attends the 2015 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center | Getty Images

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She went further to add that she wished she spent more time with her daughter in particular.

The book also contained details of her secret affair with Republican Senator of Massachusetts, Edward W. Brooke, her failed marriages as well as tribulations and victories of her career which she always put first.

 Barbara Walters attends "Gigi" Broadway opening night at Neil Simon Theatre | Getty Images

Barbara Walters attends "Gigi" Broadway opening night at Neil Simon Theatre | Getty Images

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ABOUT BARBARA WALTERS

Barbara, whose full name is

Barbara Jill Walters

was born on September 25, 1929, in Boston, Massachusetts. Her parents were the famous Lou Walters and his wife, Dena.

Barbara Walters attends the American Friends Of Magen David Adom Annual Benefit Dinner at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers | Getty Images

Barbara Walters attends the American Friends Of Magen David Adom Annual Benefit Dinner at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers | Getty Images

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She is a pioneer in broadcast journalism having had a career that began as early as 1953.

A particularly interesting fact is that she has interviewed every American President from the 37th US president, Richard Nixon to Barack Obama as well as the first ladies.

She has a long list of accolades to her name of which some are 3 Daytime Emmy Awards, 7 News and Documentary Emmy Awards and 1 Primetime Emmy Awards.

Barbara Walters (L) speaks onstage at the 2014 Women's Media Awards at Capitale | Getty Images

Barbara Walters (L) speaks onstage at the 2014 Women's Media Awards at Capitale | Getty Images

She has been married three times and has a daughter, which she adopted with her second husband, Lee Guber, in 1968.

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