Barbara Walters Biography

Barbara Walters (Barbara Jill Walters) an American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality known for hosting various programs, including, Today, The View, 20/20, and the ABC Evening News. She retired as a full-time host and contributor although she continued to occasionally report for ABC News through 2015.

Barbara Walters Age

Walters was born on September 25, 1929, in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.

Brabra Walters Career

Immediately after college, she looked for work in New York City. She found work at a small advertising agency and after a year she began working at the NBC network affiliate in New York City, WNBT-TV (now WNBC).

At the network, she did publicity and writing press releases. In 1953, Walters started producing a 15-minute children’s program, Ask the Camera. It was directed by Roone Arledge.

She also produced for TV host Igor Cassini/Cholly Knickerbocker but left the network as a result of pressure from her boss to marry him, and his fist-fight with a man she preferred to date.

Soon after, she produced the Eloise McElhone Show at WPIX before it was canceled in 1954. In 1955, she became a writer on The Morning Show at CBS. In 1961, she joined NBC’s The Today Show as a writer and researcher after a few years of being a publicist with Tex McCrary Inc. as well as a writer at Redbook magazine.

In 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.

She anchored on the ABC Evening News with co-anchor Harry Reasoner from 1976–78. 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.

She is known for her “scoop” interviews and “personality journalism”. She managed to conduct a joint interview with Egypt’s President, Anwar Al Sadat, and Israel’s Prime Minister, Menachem Begin in November 1977.

Her other interviews of world leaders include Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and his wife, Empress Farah Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, Russia’s Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, the UK’s Margaret Thatcher, China’s Jiang Zemin, King Hussein of Jordan, India’s Indira Gandhi, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Czechoslovakia’s Václav Havel, and Libya’s Muammar al-Gaddafi, among many others.

She also had interviews with highly influential people, notably: pop icon Michael Jackson, actress Katharine Hepburn, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and in 1980 Sir Laurence Olivier.

Barbara Walters The View

The View is a daytime talk show that Walters created in 1997 for which she was a co-host and co-executive producer with her business partner, Bill Geddie. It premiered on August 11, 1997, and Walters retired from being a co-host on the show on May 15, 2014. She has however returned as a guest co-host on an intermittent basis throughout 2014 and 2015.

She confirmed her retirement from television hosting and interviewing in May 2014, with the official announcement having been made on May 13, 2013, episode of The View. During that same episode, she also announced that she would continue to the show’s executive producer for as long as it’s on the air.

An announcement was made on June 10, 2014, that she would be ‘coming out of retirement’ to do a special 20/20 interview with Peter Rodger, the father of Elliot Rodger who had committed the 2014 Isla Vista killings.

After that interview, 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 Presents American Scandals

Walters clearly isn’t ready to retire, and Investigation Discovery is nothing if not resourceful when it comes to trading off the equity built up by TV news folk. So close on the heels of “Killer Instinct With Chris Hansen” comes “Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals,” a pretty enterprising and ingenious way of repurposing the former ABC News star’s old “get” interviews, in slightly repackaged and updated form. Beginning with JonBenet Ramsey and moving on to O.J. Simpson, the Menendez brothers and Robert Blake, it’s the cable-TV equivalent of using every part of the chicken.

Produced by Lincoln Square Prods. – the more entertainment-oriented production arm of ABC News (although that distinction means less with each passing day) – “American Scandals” makes liberal use of Walters’ hard-earned reputation for landing interviews with high-profile subjects, most of which happened long enough ago as to feel minty fresh all over again.

Still, the 90-year-old newswoman isn’t phoning it in, not only providing on-camera memories and intros but going out and revisiting some of those involved. In the case of the premiere, devoted to the 1996 Colorado murder of pageant tyke Ramsey, Walters catches up with her father, John Ramsey, who along with the girl’s late mother, Patsy, became a suspect in the eyes of the Boulder police.

In perhaps the most interesting side note, the documentary suggests that coverage of the killing remained local before the release of pageant photos and video of the slain girl, which were sold to the tabloids and promptly propelled the case into becoming a national story.

The episode also details how the Ramseys seemingly invited suspicion due to their reluctance to speak to the authorities, with author-producer Lawrence Schiller noting that after your child’s murder, “Why wouldn’t you want to cooperate with the police?” “Scandals” also builds a case that local cops botched the investigation, made all the more sobering by the fact that the murder remains unsolved.

Beyond the subjects already mentioned, “American Scandals” has a nine-week run that reads like a who’s who of “Stories that inspired TV movies,” revisiting the lurid tales of Jean Harris, who killed diet doctor Herman Tarnower; Mary Kay Letourneau, who famously slept with her teenage student; Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s killer; Kimberly Mays, one of two Florida babies who were switched at birth; and disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker.

All told, the series will hardly win any points for originality, but it does offer an object lesson in how to make some noise – without spending very much – amid the din of channels crying for attention. And not incidentally, it’s a reminder that even in the less-crowded, not-too-distant past, when it came to wading elbow-deep into the muck of salacious news, Walters knew how to wallow in it with the best of them.

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)

Barbara Walters Net Worth

Walters has an estimated net worth of about $170 million.

Barbara Walters Sick and Health

In an episode of The View on 10th May 2010, she announced that she would be undergoing open-heart surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve. Her spokeswoman, Cindi Berger, said in a statement on May 14, 2010, that the procedure “went well, and the doctors are very pleased with the outcome.

Her health has declined over time with reports emerging that she prefers to spend her days alone at her ritzy New York City apartment. Her doorman says that she has been refusing visitors. She allegedly alternates between her bed and wheelchair as she feels too frail and weak to see her friends.

The last time she was seen in public was in July 2016 and her family and friends fear that she has given up on life as she appears to be suffering from signs of advanced dementia.She is said to recognize very few things these days and rarely knows her own name. This is according to a source close to her.

Barbara Walters Death

Walters preparing for her own funeral as she is ready for her demise
Published: 22nd October 2018

The ninety-year-old is at the fag end of her life and is now planning for her funeral, as per a report by Radar Online. An insider said:

“Barbara is a total control freak, so it should be no surprise that she’s producing her funeral,”

She is putting in every detail of her funeral rites-venue, flowers, musical performance, and guests. Already, a video package has been prepared and it highlights her life and career. She had written, edited, and documented the steps of her funeral to the minutest detail.

Her last appearance in public was in mid-2016. She had earlier stopped taking visitors but now has eased the entry for her friends and fans since she feels that it might be the last time that her friends and fans might meet her. She is ready for her death and feels that she has lived well and to the fullest.

Barbara Walters Height and Weight

Walters stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 meters) and weighs 125 lbs (57 Kg).

Barbara Walters Education

Waltersjoined Lawrence School, a public school in Brookline, Massachusetts, till the middle of her fifth grade, when her father relocated the family to Miami Beach in 1939. In their new location, she then attended another public school. She went for her eighth-grade education at Ethical Culture Fieldston School after her father moved the family to New York City.

The family then relocated back to Miami Beach shortly afterward before relocating to New York City again. For her high school studies, Walters went to Birch Wathen School and graduated in 1947 with a B.A. in English from Sarah Lawrence College in 1951.

Barbara Walters Family

Walters was born to Dena Seletsky and Louis Walters (born Louis Abraham Warmwater). She has a brother: Burton Walters and two sisters: Walda Walters Anderson and Jacqueline Walters.

Barbara Walters Husband

Walters has been married three times, Robert Henry Katz, a business executive, and former Navy lieutenant was her first husband. The duo wed on 20th June 1955 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. They reportedly had an annulment in 1957, 11 months later.

She the got married to her second husband, Lee Guber, a theatrical producer and theater owner on 8th December 1963. The duo however got divorced in 1976 and have one daughter, Jacqueline Dena Guber. She was born in 1968 and adopted in the same year.

In 1981, she got married to Merv Adelson, the CEO of Lorimar Television. The duo too got divorced in 1984 and remarried again in 1986 but got divorced a second time in 1992.

Barbara Walters Daughter

Walters and her second ex-husband, theatrical producer Lee Guber adopted a baby girl that named Jacqueline Dena after Walters’ sister and mother. Not much however is known about Jacqueline as she has managed to keep off the spotlight. This is partly because of her mother’s fame which has had some negative impact on her life.

She says that she had a troubled childhood being the daughter of a popular person. She was involved in substance abuse for years as well as partying as a teenager. She was sent in the wilderness of Idaho for an intervention program by her mother and spent three years getting herself together. At 18, she took up her father’s last name to hide from her mother’s fame.

Barbara has also admitted that she has not had a good relationship with her daughter. She said, “On your deathbed, are you going to say, ‘I wish I spent more time in the office?’ No. You’ll say, ‘I wish I spent more time with my family,’ and I do feel that way. I wish I had spent more time with my Jackie.”


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