Barbara Walters, looking, well, pretty darned good, retuned to "The View" Monday morning, revealing a scar on her forehead and relating a story about an unnamed star who gave her the chicken pox that kept her off the air for the past month and change.
And yes, this does sound like a story.
She shared her tale with viewers:
"I'll tell you more than you want to know:
"It all began in January ..."
She was in Miami at a close friend's home, where a famous actor (whom she declined to name) was also in residence. As (presumably) the clock struck 12, "I gave him a New Year's hug."
Little did she know (and how could she?), he was about to come down with a bad case of shingles. Shingles, as you probably know, are a side effect of chicken pox -- they are literally the virus breaking through the skin many, many years after a person first has chicken pox as a child. They are not itchy but extremely painful for most people.
She said she later went to the British ambassador's home for the inauguration, fell into a dead faint, hit the marble floor and was out cold, with blood pouring from her scalp. She was taken to Georgetown University Hospital, where doctors determined she had a concussion.
And then a plastic surgeon went to work on her head.
Yes, she said, the fainting spell was related to the chicken pox, which she never had as a child.
All's well that ends well: "After a lot of rest, I am fine and I am healthy."