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Barbara Walters

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9/24/2013 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Now we know why Barbara Walters -- one of the most famous, most recognizable people on the planet -- lives in NYC .... no one messes with her.

Barbara went for an arm-in-arm stroll yesterday on the Upper West Side with her friend, actor Peter Brown.

Check out the video.  Virtually no one gives Barbara a second look.   Translation -- she doesn't need anyone to affirm her fame, so it's all upside for Babs.  Walkin' around without the hassle.

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