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Television

Critic’s Notebook

It’s sign-off time for TV legend Barbara Walters

On Friday, Barbara Walters is retiring. After a career smashing through glass ceilings, including her stints in 1974 on “Today” as the first female news host, and in 1976 as the first woman to coanchor an evening newscast, Walters is unplugging her microphone. Now 84, the interviewer whose brand is to make guests sniffle and blubber is ready to pack up her box of condolence tissues and go home.

In her wake, she’ll leave a mixed legacy, from the highs of her groundbreaking network career in the 1960s and ’70s as a tenacious woman in a male-dominated profession, to the lows of her rampant blurring of the lines between journalism and entertainment.

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