Last night Barabra Walters sat down with ten people that she finds were the most fascinating in 2009. The list is eclectic: reporters, politicians and their significant others, entertainers, athletes, and celebrity children. The list could not be more diverse and completely fascinating.
The first on the list is Michelle Obama. Barabra Walters sat down with the First Lady to talk about the transition of moving to the White House, "It has been a whirlwind. But it's been amazing," she told Walters. "I mean, if you think about this year, I had to get these two beautiful girls settled into a new city, into a new home, into a new school. We got a dog. I visited eight countries with my husband. I planted a garden. I've started a mentoring program. It has been everything. And now, here we are at our first Christmas in the White House." Michelle's mission as First Lady is to promote healthy living and combat childhood obesity; she has created a vegetable garden on the White House lawn and holds exercise activities with children from the area.
Lady GaGa is a creature all her own, she has redefined "performance artist" truly paving her own way on the Pop scene. She talks with Barbara about her family, her booming career, and the biggest misconceptions about her. Truly one of the most fascinating people.
Controversial political commentator Glenn Beck who hosts a television and radio show, hat draw 8 million listeners (a scary thought!). Barbara Walters chose him as one of the most fascinating people in 2009, she asked him was he defines as "libertarian views," his battle with drugs and alcohol, Sarah Palin, and the 'fascists Obama administration.
Entertainment mogul Tyler Perry, the creature to the Madea franchise and overseer of a multi-million dollar franchise (the male Oprah, anyone?). Perry had a very difficult childhood, an abusive father, and now has gone on to entertain millions of Americans. He tells Walters the impact his mother had on him, "when my mother was trying to protect me from my father, she started taking me everywhere with her. If I made one more trip to Lane Bryant I would have just died! She took me to the hair salon, all these women would get together and have their card games ... it gave me a sense of, a different sensibility toward women."
You have seen her in the press a lot lately, not for good reasons, but Kate Gosselin is on Barbara Walters list of the 10 most fascinating people in 2009. The mother of 8 was catapulted into the spotlight after her TLC "documentary" turned into a hit primetime show. The media frenzy around the Gosselin family has to do with her husbands infidelity and their battles about the show. She told Walters about her crazy year and what is in store for her future.
Season 8 American Idol winner, Adam Lambert made the cut, based on his controversial performance at the AMAs. He addresses those who critics of his performance and of his lifestyle, he talks about his sexuality and being openly gay. He tells Barbara Walters, "you know, I am who I am, and I think that freedom of expression should be alive and well, and unfortunately it's not." This is what makes him fascinating and real.
You bet, Sarah Palin made the list. With the release of her memoir "Going Rogue: An American Life," the former vice presidential candidate talked about the campaign, her political aspirations, and the toll that fame has taken on her and her family.
The oldest quarterback Brett Favre got attention when he turned he back on retirement to play another NFL season. Joining the Minnesota Vikings and the only player to receive MVP three consecutive times.
The victim of adultery, South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford talks about being thrust into the spotlight after her husband admitted to an affair with a woman in Argentina. She is fascinating because after everything he put her through she stayed with him. A special interview with Jenny and Barbra will air January 2010.
It was quite a year for the King of Pop and his family. Barbara puts Michael Jackson's three children--Paris, Prince Michael and Prince Michael II (aka Blanket) on her list of the 10 most fascinating people in 2009. They have had to deal with a very public loss of their beloved father, and have come a long way from wearing masks and fathers in public.
What do you think of Barbara Walters' choices for her 10 Most Fascinating People in 2009? I think everyone on her list is fascinating in their own way. Who do you think is the most fascinating family of 2009?
If you could pick the ten people you found most fascinating in 2009 who would you pick?