Exclusive: Author reveals Barbara Walters' last words
Why she matters: Page tells Axios that Walters, who died last year at 93, is "another of those bad-ass women of the Silent Generation" — along with Page's previous biographees, Barbara Bush and Nancy Pelosi.
The backstory: Walters was suggested to Page by agent Matt Latimer and his Javelin colleague Robin Sproul, Page's friend and former longtime D.C. bureau chief for ABC, "as a consequential, complicated figure."
The big picture: Publisher Simon & Schuster calls the book the "definitive biography of the most successful female broadcaster of all time ... a woman whose personal demons fueled an ambition that broke all the rules and finally gave women a permanent place on the air."
Zoom in: There was no announcement of where Walters was buried — Axios is showing her gravesite for the first time.
- "Barbara was buried, as she had wished, next to [family members] at Lakeside Memorial Park in Miami," Page writes. "Their small black and gold markers sit in narrow marble frames."
Walters' last words, after a lifetime of eliciting them: "NO REGRETS - I HAD A GREAT LIFE."