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Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating People': Little-known facts

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Barbara Walters called into "The View" today with some news. (Jan. 12, 2012) Credit: AP

Barbara Walters' final "Most Fascinating People" special airs Wednesday on ABC/7. This year's crop includes the cast of "Duck Dynasty," Britain's Prince George and NSA leaker Edward Snowden, with the top pick to be revealed on the broadcast. Walters, who will retire next year, has been doing these specials since 1993 (with the exceptions of 2000 and 2001). Here are five things you may not have known about her "Most Fascinating People":

Celebrities named on the first show in 1993 included Clint Eastwood, k.d. lang, David Letterman, Rush Limbaugh, Shaquille O'Neal, Maya Angelou, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Barry Diller and special-effects expert Stan Winston.

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sarah Palin have made the lists three times each, more than any other personalities.

Twelve people have made the cut two times, including Susan Lucci, Donald Trump and Tom Hanks.

Nelson Mandela was the most fascinating person of 1994.

Long Island honorees are Lucci (1994, 1996) and Rosie O'Donnell (1996).

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