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Notable cookie sale graduates include redheaded comedan Lucille Ball and actress Blythe Danner, journalists and talk show hosts Lisa Ling and Barbara Walters, and singing divas Mariah Carey and Jessye Norman. Read more about our featured famous Girl Scouts, including songstress Taylor Swift, tennis player Venus Williams, first female secretary of state Madeleine Albright and more.
News Anchor, Television Producer, Journalist / 1929 -
Famed television journalist Barbara Walters is best known as the 11-year star of the Today show, and for being the first female co-anchor of a network evening news program.
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