Oprah Winfrey penned a touching tribute to Barbara Walters after her death on Friday.
“Without Barbara Walters there wouldn’t have been me – nor any other woman you see on evening, morning, and daily news,” Winfrey captioned an image of herself with the late journalist on Instagram.
“She was indeed a Trailblazer. I did my very first television audition with her in mind the whole time.”
The former “Oprah Winfrey Show” host, 68, concluded her message by listing things that she was “grateful” for from knowing Walters over the years.
“Grateful that she was such a powerful and gracious role model. Grateful to have known her. Grateful to have followed in her Light,” she said.
Winfrey’s tribute came just moments after news surfaced that Walters had died. She was 93.
“Barbara Walters passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones,” Cindi Berger, Walters’ rep, said in a statement.
“She lived her life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer not only for female journalists but for all women.”
Over the course of her legendary career — which spanned more than half a century — Walters made her presence in the journalism industry known.
She rose to the top of her field after conquering evening news and left her mark on the world by conducting some of the biggest interviews with several Hollywood stars, such as Robert Kardashian, Monica Lewinsky, Mike Tyson, Ricky Martin and many more.
The former “20/20” correspondent garnered several awards and accolades throughout her career, including a Lifetime Achievement award and four Emmys.
Walters is survived by her 54-year-old daughter, Jacqueline Guber.