#343 Ronnie Barker / Barbara Walters – 25 September 1929

Ronnie Barker

Ronald William George “Ronnie” Barker, OBE (25 September 1929 – 3 October 2005) was a British actor, comedian, writer, broadcaster and businessman. He was known for his roles in various British comedy television series, such as The Frost ReportPorridgeThe Two Ronnies and Open All Hours. Barker received several lifetime achievement awards. He won the Royal Television Society’s award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in 1975. Sir Alec Guinness presented him with a lifetime achievement honour at the inaugural British Comedy Awards in 1990, while he received another such honour at the BBC Centenary Programme in 1996. In 2004 he was given a special BAFTA lifetime achievement award at Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA Tribute, a televised celebratory tribute evening. In 2005, he and Corbett were part of the first 100 people given stars on London’s Avenue of Stars. Previous awards included the Variety Club of Great Britain Award in 1969, 1974 and 1980, the Radio Industry Club Award in 1973, 1974, 1977 and 1981.

Barbara Walters

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Barbara Jill Walters (born September 25, 1929) is an American broadcast journalist and author, who has hosted morning television shows (Today and The View), the television newsmagazine (20/20), and co-anchor of the ABC Evening News and correspondent on ABC World News (then ABC Evening News). Walters was first known as a popular TV morning news anchor for over 10 years on NBC’s Today. Walters later spent 25 years as co-host of ABC’s newsmagazine 20/20. She was the first female co-anchor of network evening news, on the ABC Evening News.


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