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Diane Sawyer, ESPY Awards

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Diane Sawyer—one of television's most beloved journalists—turns 70 years old today. 

The revered news personality who rose to primetime fame through groundbreaking shows like ABC's 20/20 and CBS' 60 Minutes, has interviewed some of the world's most prominent and distinguished stars, politicians, and activists.  

Over the last 70 years, Sawyer has brushed shoulders with some of political and pop culture's most influential names, including former President George W. Bush, Rihanna and Ellen DeGeneres

As a television staple, her accomplishments have earned her some pretty commendable praise, including Emmy and Peabody acclaim, a highly coveted spot in the Television Hall of Fame and a place on Forbes 2004 list of the 100 most powerful women. 

To honor Sawyer's career, E! is counting down seven of the trailblazing icon's most notable interviews throughout the decades.

Hillary Clinton, Diane Sawyer

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Before the days of "Hillary for America," Sawyer sat down with then president elect and first lady, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, to talk wins, the White House and the pair's imminent headlining future as one of the world's greatest power couples.

Fifty years after the Sound of Music's release, Sawyer returned to Salzburg, Austria alongside the famed film's beloved leading lady Julie Andrews to revisit the actress' early hallmark performance. 

Michael Jackson, Lisa Marie Presley

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Back in 1995, Sawyer was the first journalist to land an interview with Michael Jackson and wife Lisa Marie Presley after the singer's infamous 1993 accusations of child molestation in a monumental, and highly controversial interview, that left many stunned at Sawyer's concessions for the pop-star.

Diana Vreeland, Diana Vreelan: The Eye Has to Travel, Marissa Berenson

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Sawyer sat down with one of fashion's most legendary editors and columnists, Diana Vreeland of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. The interview was captured in the 2011 documentary "The Eye Has to Travel" featuring the life, label, and star-studded fraternizing of the Parisian style icon.

After surviving an almost fatal gun attack that left then 16-year old Malala Yousafzai with a brutal bullet wound, she spoke with Sawyer in a television exclusive to recount her story. "Somehow," Sawyer said, "Malala never lost her certainty that girls deserve a full life."


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Sawyer sat down with the late actor and comedian Robin Williams in a 2006 interview, where he spoke candidly about his haunting struggle with depression, addiction and alcoholism.

This past year, Sawyer interviewed Caitlyn Jenner in an exclusive televised special to discuss the Olympic medalist and reality star's personal transformation. The award-winning interview was one of Sawyer's most lauded, debated, and applauded in her multi-decade run.