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Five classic Mike Wallace moments

April 8, 2012 at 10:26 PM ET

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Mike Wallace in 2006.

Mike Wallace interviewed hundreds of people and reported on many issues over the 65 years of his journalism career. But the "60 Minutes" legend, who died Sunday at age 93, is best remembered for certain stories. Here are a few of them.

Malcolm X, in 1964, told Wallace about the relationship between black communities and the police, with Wallace addressing him as "Mr. Malcolm." Less than one year later, Malcolm X would be assassinated.

"The Homosexuals" was a report anchored by Wallace in 1967, and he reportedly later regretted the outdated attitudes and wording used. One man featured in the report reportedly lost his job after it aired.

Author Ayn Rand gave her first television interview in 1959, and it was to Wallace. Her book "Atlas Shrugged" was just two years old. In the interview, Rand called herself "the most creative thinker alive."

In 1991, Wallace called singer Barbra Streisand "totally self-absorbed," referring to time spent working with her on his show "P.M. East" in 1961. The singer tried to defend herself against those 30-year-old memories, but the tears flowed.

 In 1958, Wallace interviewed surrealist painter Salvador Dali and also plugged Parliament cigarettes. He would later regret pitching cigarettes and reportedly stopped smokers on the street to ask them to quit.

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