- Full Name: Barbara Jill Walters
- Date of Birth: September 25, 1929
- Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts
- Profession: Journalist, author and television personality
- Marital Status: not currently married
Net Worth History of Barbara Walters
In 1961, Barbara Walters joined the team of The Today Show as a writer and she quickly moved up the ranks and began doing regular “light” assignments and weather broadcasts. She was officially named the very first female co-host of the show in 1974.
Walters was the co-host and a producer for 20/20 between the years 1979 and 2004. In 1997, she created, produced, wrote for and was one of the hosts of the View (a popular TV talk show) and she remained part of that team until her official retirement in 2014.
Barbara Walters had a very impressive career and has been honored with many different types of awards. In addition to almost 35 daytime and primetime Emmy Awards, The President’s Award; the Lowell Thomas Award; the Lifetime Achievement Award; the Muse Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was embedded in 2007 also make the list of achievement acquired in her lifetime.
It doesn’t matter, if Walters was interviewing a convicted killer, world leader or a celebrity. Her interviews were interesting, eye opening and perhaps sparked some controversy in addition to bring many to tears.
Barbara Walters never interviewed a Pope or Queen Elizabeth, but she has interviewed every United States president since Richard Nixon. She had an opportunity to interview John Wayne six months prior to his death. One of Barbara’s most memorable interviews that is ranked among her favorites was with Robert and Michelle Smithdas, a married couple who are both deaf and blind. Barbara Walters said that they were very inspirational.
According the TV Guide, Barbara Walters was ranked #34 (out of 50) as the Greatest TV Stars of All Time back in 1996.
About Barbara Walters
Barbara Walters was born to Louis and Dena Walters who were both Jewish and were considered to be descendants of the Russian Empire refugees (known today as Eastern Europe).
Barbara graduated from the Sarah Lawrence College with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She is a vegetarian and it is said that she only wears one contact lens while in front of the TV camera so she can read her notes with one eyes and the teleprompter with the other.
Barbara Walters was married at total of four times. Robert Henry Katz was a former Navy lieutenant and her first husband. The marriage ceremony took place at the Plaza Hotel in NYC and within a year, the marriage was annulled.
Lee Guber was Barbara’s’ second husband. They were married in 1963 and divorced in 1976. Jacqueline is their only daughter, whom they adopted. Jacqueline was said to be named after Barbara’s sister.
Her third and four husband was Merv Adelson, who was they chief executive officer of Lorimar Television.
In addition to her husbands, Barbara Walters also dated Alan Greenspan in the 1970s and John Warner (United States Senator) in the 90s.
Walters publically announced on May 10, 2010 on The View that within 2 days’ time she would be undergoing open heart surgery to correct a faulty aortic value.