The Press: Will the Morning Star Shine at Night?

On Barbara Walters' cloth-covered bedside table in her West 57th Street Manhattan apartment—next to the lacquered box she brought back from Jackie Kennedy's 1962 trip to India, the hand-carved backscratcher from Gerald Ford's visit to China last December, and all the other gewgaws gathered in her hectic travels—there sit two alarm clocks. For years Walters, the co-host queen bee of NBC's early morning Today show and the most influential woman on television, has been indentured to those tyrannical timepieces. They are set permanently to go off at 5 a.m. Says she: "I always...

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