December 24, 1979 12:00 PM

She and daughter Jackie, 11, liked Rocky II and Breaking Away, for “the excitement and the happy endings.” On her own, Walters found Manhattan “made me laugh out loud—and that rarely happens.” She avoided Apocalypse Now—”Movies for me are escape.” Interviewing Stevie Wonder inspired Barbara to listen to his “lovely, almost symphonic” new Journey through the Secret Life of Plants LP. She rates Henry Kissinger’s The White House Years “fascinating. You may not agree with it, but it’s the most interesting of recent memoirs.” Among TV programs, Walters esteems The Muppet Show so much she would like to be a guest host. But, she adds, “I’m afraid of competition from Miss Piggy. I think she wants my job.”

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