At the age of 52, Walters became the first female host of the “Today” show in 1974. She cohosted alongside Jim Hartz.
Walters was nominated for her first Emmy in 1974 and would go on to win 12 throughout her career.
In the 1980s, Walters began conducting impressive celebrity interviews with famous figures like Michael Jackson and Fidel Castro. Walters also became a celebrity in her own right, attending events like the annual Met Gala in 1982.
Walter garnered many high-profile friendships throughout her career, including one with the late Princess Diana.
Among Walters’ most respected peers was fellow talk-show host Oprah. On Friday Oprah honored Walters on Instagram and thanked her for paving the way for women like herself.