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Barbara Walters Hospitalized After Inauguration Weekend Fall

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The Inauguration festivities took a tough turn for at least one veteran newswoman.

Barbara Walters, 83, fell Saturday night on a step at the residence of the British Ambassador to the United States, Peter Westmacott, and was hospitalized, the Associated Press reported.

ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said Walters, who cut her forehead, was taken to a Washington, D.C., hospital for treatment and was alert after the fall, “telling everyone what to do, which we all take as a very positive sign,” he said.

Walters had been scheduled to contribute to ABC’s coverage of the second-term inauguration of President Barack Obama, who is set to give a speech during formal ceremonies Monday.

Walters, who made history in 1976 when she become the first female network anchor to earn a $1 million salary, has remained vibrant after more than 30 years in the news business. Her show, The View, which she created in 1997, has continued to be a hit along with her annual special, The 10 Most Fascinating People.

In May 2010, Walters underwent successful heart surgery, and returned to The View in September of that year, pronouncing herself “fine.”