Barbara Walters Biography
Barbara Walters full name Barbara Jill Walters, is an American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. She was born on September 25, 1929 in Boston to Dena and Louis Walters.
Walters attended Lawrence School, a public school in Brookline, Massachusetts, to the middle of fifth grade, when her father moved the family to Miami Beach in 1939, where she also attended public school. After her father moved the family to New York City, she went to eighth grade at Ethical Culture Fieldston School, after which the family moved back to Miami Beach. Then, back to New York City, and for high school, Birch Wathen School from which she graduated in 1947. In 1951 she received a B.A. in English from Sarah Lawrence College.
Immediately after college, she went to look for work in New York City. After about a year at a small advertising agency, she began working at the NBC network affiliate in New York City, WNBT-TV (now WNBC), doing publicity and writing press releases. She began producing a 15-minute children’s program, Ask the Camera, directed by Roone Arledge in 1953. She then produced for TV host Igor Cassini/Cholly Knickerbocker, but left the network due to pressure from her boss to marry him, and his fist-fight with a man she preferred to date. Then she went to WPIX to produce the Eloise McElhone Show; it was canceled in 1954. She became a writer on The Morning Show at CBS in 1955.
After a few years as a publicist with Tex McCrary Inc. and a job as a writer at Redbook magazine, Walters joined NBC’s The Today Show as a writer and researcher in 1961. Within a year, she had become a reporter-at-large developing, writing, and editing her own reports and interviews. She was not named co-host of the show until McGee’s death in 1974, when NBC officially designated Walters as the program’s first female co-host.
From 1976–78, she anchored on the ABC Evening News with co-anchor Harry Reasoner. Walters is also known for her years on the ABC newsmagazine 20/20 where she reunited with former Today Show host Hugh Downs in 1979.
Walters is known for “personality journalism” and her “scoop” interviews. In November 1977, she achieved a joint interview with Egypt’s President, Anwar Al Sadat, and Israel’s Prime Minister, Menachem Begin. Her interviews with world leaders include the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and his wife, the Empress Farah Pahlavi; Russia’s Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin; China’s Jiang Zemin; the UK’s Margaret Thatcher; Cuba’s Fidel Castro, as well as India’s Indira Gandhi, Czechoslovakia’s Václav Havel, Libya’s Muammar al-Gaddafi, King Hussein of Jordan, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, among many others. Other interviews with influential people include pop icon Michael Jackson, actress Katharine Hepburn, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and in 1980 Sir Laurence Olivier.
Walters co-hosted the daytime talk show The View, of which she also was co-creator and co-executive producer with her business partner, Bill Geddie. The show premiered on August 11, 1997. Walters retired from being a co-host on May 15, 2014. Although retired, Walters has returned as a guest co-host on an intermittent basis throughout 2014 and 2015. She confired she would be retiring from television hosting and interviewing in May 2014, as originally reported; she made the official announcement on the May 13, 2013, episode of The View while also announcing that she will continue as the show’s executive producer for as long as it’s on the air.
On June 10, 2014, it was announced that she would be ‘coming out of retirement’ in order to do a special 20/20 interview with Peter Rodger, the father of Elliot Rodger who had committed the 2014 Isla Vista killings. Since then, she has hosted special 20/20 episodes featuring interviews with Mary Kay Letourneau and Donald and Melania Trump as well as interviewing Donald Trump for ABC News.
Barbara Walters Age
She was born on September 25, 1929.
Barbara Walters Husband – Barbara Walters Spouse
Walters has been married four times to three different men. Her first husband was Robert Henry Katz, a business executive and former Navy lieutenant. They married on June 20, 1955, at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The marriage was reportedly annulled after 11 months, in 1957.
Her second husband was Lee Guber, theatrical producer and theater owner. They married on December 8, 1963, and divorced in 1976. They have one daughter, Jacqueline Dena Guber (born 1968, adopted the same year).
Her third husband was Merv Adelson, the CEO of Lorimar Television. They married in 1981 and divorced in 1984. They remarried in 1986 and divorced for the second time in 1992.
Barbara Walters Daughter
After getting married to her second husband, theatrical producer Lee Guber in 1963, Walters and Guber adopted a daughter, Jacqueline Dena, named after Walters’ sister and mother.
Barbara Walters Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $150 million.
1. Mike Jerrick
2. Jessica Holmes
3. Draya Michele
4. Marlon Wayans
5. Bella Hadid
6. Garth Fisher
7. Scoey Mitchell
8. Maria Lopez
9. Georgia Hardstark
Barbara Walters Health
She announced on the May 10, 2010, episode of The View that she would be undergoing open heart surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve. The procedure to fix the faulty heart valve “went well, and the doctors are very pleased with the outcome, Walters’ spokeswoman, Cindi Berger, said in a statement on May 14, 2010.
Barbara Walters Awards
1985: Paul White Award, Radio Television Digital News Association
Daytime Emmy Awards
- 1975 Award for Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host (Today)
- 1998 Nomination for Best Talk Show (The View)
- 1998 Nomination for Best Talk Show Host (The View)
- 1999 Nomination for Best Talk Show (The View)
- 1999 Nomination for Best Talk Show Host (The View)
- 2000 Nomination for Best Talk Show (The View)
- 2000 Nomination for Best Talk Show Host (The View)
- 2001 Nomination for Best Talk Show (The View)
- 2001 Nomination for Best Talk Show Host (The View)
- 2002 Nomination for Best Talk Show (The View)
- 2002 Nomination for Best Talk Show Host (The View)
- 2003 Award for Best Talk Show (The View)
- 2003 Nomination for Best Talk Show Host (The View)
- 2006 Nomination for Best Talk Show (The View)
- 2006 Nomination for Best Talk Show Host (The View)
- 2007 Nomination for Best Talk Show (The View)
- 2007 Nomination for Best Talk Show Host (The View)
- 2008 Nomination for Best Talk Show (The View)
- 2008 Nomination for Best Talk Show Host (The View)
- 2009 Award for Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host (The View) (with Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd)
- 2010 Nomination for Best Talk Show Host (The View)
NAACP Image Award
- 2009 Award for Best Talk Series (The View)
- 2010 Nomination for Best Talk Series
Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Award
- 1998 Lucy Award in recognition of her excellence and innovation in her creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television.