Barbara Walters

Barbara Jill Walters, born on September 25, 1929, is a retired American broadcast journalist, television personality, and author. She appeared as a host on numerous television programs, including “Today,” “20/20,” “The View,” and “ABC Evening News.” She was best known for her interviewing abilities and popularity with viewers. She was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1989 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented her with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2000. Before her retirement, she made one last appearance on “ABC.” in 2015. Celebrate her wonderful day with us.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Barbara Jill Walters

Nickname:

Baba Wawa, The Today Girl

Birth date:

September 25, 1929

Age:

93

Zodiac Sign:

Libra

Height:

5' 5"

Relationship Status:

Single

Net Worth:

$170 million

Barbara's Social Media:

Background

Barbara Walters was born on September 25, 1929, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Dena and Louis “Lou” Walters. Her parents were Jewish and descended from Russian Empire immigrants. Her paternal grandfather, Abraham Isaac Warmwater, was born in ód, Poland, immigrated to the U.K., and changed his name to Abraham Walters from the Warmwasser family line. She earned a B.A. in English from Sarah Lawrence College in 1951, and after working for a short time in an advertising firm, she was employed as the publicity director’s assistant at an NBC-affiliated television station in New York City. Here, she developed her writing and producing skills for television. She was soon employed by the CBS television network to serve as a producer and writer for news and public affairs. In 1961, she started writing for the well-known NBC morning program “Today.”

Although Walters started on “The Today Show,” writing and producing segments of women’s interest stories, her popularity with viewers led to Walters getting more airtime. She joined the program as co-host in 1974, becoming the first woman to hold that position on an American news program. In 1976, Walters paved the path for other women in broadcasting by becoming the first female co-anchor of the “ABC Evening News” show. From 1979 through 2004, she served as a producer and co-host of the ABC news magazine “20/20.” She then gained fame from “Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People,” an annual ABC broadcast. During that time, she interviewed every sitting U.S. president and first lady, from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama. “The View” was an ABC daytime chat show she developed, co-hosted, and produced. She appeared on the program from 1997 to 2014. She continued to present a variety of special reports for “20/20” and “Investigation Discovery,” and in 2015, she made her final on-air appearance for “ABC News.”

In her lifetime, Walters has married three different men four times. Robert Henry Katz, her first husband, was a business executive and a former Navy captain. They wed at The Plaza Hotel in New York City on June 20, 1955, and their union was later annulled. On December 8, 1963, she married Lee Guber, a producer and theater owner. They divorced in 1976. Their only child, Jacqueline Dena Guber, was adopted in 1968, the year she was born. Merv Adelson, her third husband, was the head of Lorimar Television. They were wed in 1981, divorced in 1984 after three years, remarried in 1986, and then divorced once again in 1992.

Career timeline

1976
Her Television Breakthrough

Walters becomes the first female to co-anchor “ABC World News Tonight” along with Harry Reasoner for an unprecedented salary of $1 million a year.

1984
A Co-host and Producer

Walters co-hosts and produces ABC's "20/20."

2007
Hollywood Walk of Fame

On June 14, the American broadcaster obtains a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2009
A ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

On September 21, Walters receives a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

2011
She Appears on “Good Morning America”

She appears on ABC’s "Good Morning America,” which features journalism and news about the day's events.

Why We Love Barbara Walters

  1. She’s an inspiration

    Walters joined ABC News in 1976 as the network's first female co-host. She is also the show's creator and co-executive producer. Walters has gained national recognition for her work and countless noteworthy accolades and awards throughout the years, including 11 Emmy Awards and two ‘Lifetime Achievement Awards’ from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

  2. She exposed the intimate relations between power and influence

    She was the first female morning show co-host, female co-anchor of a network nightly news program, and the first female anchor to earn a million dollars. However, the vaster barrier she assisted in tearing down was that between hard news and feature reporting, exposing the close ties between power and influence, both personal and political.

  3. She is a generous woman

    We admire Walters for her charitable contributions. Walters has donated to organizations such as the American Foundation for AIDS Research, the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, the Cancer Research Institute, and many others.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. Her interview with President Richard Nixon

    Walters had to wait several years for an interview with former PresidentNixon, who resigned in 1974 and returned to speak with her in 1980.

  2. “The Today Girl”

    When Walters joined "The Today Show" in 1964, she was dubbed “The Today Girl,” maybe because she was the sole female on the show.

  3. She had three miscarriages

    Walters adopted her daughter Jacqueline Dena Guber in 1968 after years of trying and three losses.

  4. She’s afraid of heights

    Walters needed help getting down escalators for her Academy Awards appearances as she is afraid of heights.

  5. The struggle of her daughter

    Walters's daughter, Jacqueline Dena Guber, avoids public life on purpose; her D.U.I. in 2013 made international headlines, and she has fought drug addiction for years.

Barbara Walters FAQs

What disease does Barbara Walters have?

Walters has Alzheimer’s disease. Her friends claim she has been suffering for three years since she stopped sharing photos on social media and began spending most of her time at home.

Did Barbara Walters and Clint Eastwood date?

Walters once said that she regrets turning down a date with Eastwood. Walter claims she rejected Eastwood’s invitation to dinner in the 1980s, even though she had a crush on him at the time.

Why do we not see Barbara Walters anymore?

A few years into her retirement, it became clear that Walters’ health was declining. Her dementia and mental state have driven her close ones to drastic precautions. Sources reveal that she is protected from the current news.

Barbara Walters’s birthday dates

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