NEW YORK – ABC's Barbara Walters and her daughter are breaking their silence about their troubled relationship -- on NBC.
Walters and Jackie Danforth sat for an exclusive interview with Jane Pauley airing on tomorrow's Dateline, in which they discuss Jackie's troubled teen years -- which ultimately led to Walters placing her daughter in an alternative school for troubled teens in Idaho.
Walters -- an NBC mainstay before jumping to ABC in 1976 -- and then-husband Lee Guber adopted Jackie in 1968. By the time Jackie was 13, her parents were divorced -- and Jackie was sinking into a life of truancy and drug use.
"You are the most probing questioner in the Western World, and maybe in the Eastern World, too . . . and you didn't know [about Jackie's problems]?" Pauley asks Walters.
"I'm not saying that I shouldn't have known [that Jackie was slipping away]," says Walters. "I should have known. But I was much more innocent . . . I took her to a doctor. I was afraid she had a brain tumor. I didn't think drugs."
In the summer of 1984, Jackie, then 15, ran away from home. For a month, Walters didn't know where her daughter was -- and when she found Jackie, she shipped her off to Idaho.
Danforth stayed in the program for three years -- and, in the process, turned her life around.
After marrying Mark Danforth, Jackie established a camp in Maine called New Horizons -- catering to troubled young girls.