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In photos: A look back at Barbara Walters' decades-spanning career

The veteran ABC News anchor is set to announce Monday morning on The View that she will retire from TV journalism next summer

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ABC said in an announcement late Sunday that, until her retirement next summer, Walters will continue to anchor and report for the network, anchor specials throughout the year, and appear on The View. Here, Walters arrives for the gala celebrating Time magazine's naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year, in New York, on April 23, 2013.

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She will remain executive producer of The View, the weekday talk show she created in 1997. Here are the original hosts, from left: Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos and Barbara Walters during a taping of the show in New York, Oct. 29, 1998.

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Walters will leave the business where she broke barriers and rules for more than 50 years. In 1976, she joined ABC to become the first female co-anchor on an evening news program. Here she is shown after opening night on the ABC evening news with Anchor partner, Harry Reasoner, on Oct. 4, 1976.

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Before coming to ABC, she spent 15 years at NBC news, where she was co-host of the Today Show. Here she is in her Today Show office in New York in 1973.

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She spent three years as a co-host of ABC’s evening news program before becoming a co-host of ABC’s 20/20 news magazine. Here news correspondent Walters is driven on a sightseeing tour by Fidel Castro in this June 6, 1977 file photo taken in Cuba.

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In the 2013 news release announcing her retirement, Walters said: “I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain...I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women — and, OK, some men, too — who will be taking my place.” In this image released by Harpo Productions, Walters holds the hand of Oprah Winfrey during an interview for The Oprah Winfrey Show, in April 2008.

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ABC News President Ben Sherwood said: “There is only one Barbara Walters. We look forward to making her final year on television as remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself.” Here she is in an undated handout photo with pop music singer Justin Bieber on The View.

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“We look forward to a year befitting her brilliant career,” Sherwood said, “filled with exclusive interviews, great adventures and indelible memories.” Here: President Barack Obama with Walters and two of The View hosts during a 2010 taping

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