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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 25 September 1929Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameBarbara Jill Walters
Nicknames Babs
Baba Wawa
BW
Bookzilla
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Barbara Walters was born on September 25, 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Barbara Jill Walters. She is a producer and writer, known for 20/20 (1978), Today (1952) and ABC World News Tonight with David Muir (1953). She was previously married to Merv Adelson, Lee Guber and Robert Henry Katz.

Spouse (3)

Merv Adelson (10 May 1986 - 17 August 1992) (divorced)
Lee Guber (8 December 1963 - 22 March 1976) (divorced) (1 child)
Robert Henry Katz (20 June 1955 - 1958) (annulled)

Trivia (44)

Her daughter was named after Barbara's sister, who was born mildly mentally retarded and died a few years ago from ovarian cancer.
Stated that her mentor is newsman Mike Wallace.
She only wears one contact lens while working. With one lens she can read the teleprompter, but with two she would not be able to read her notes.
Inducted into the Television Academy Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1990.
Honored by the American Museum of the Moving Image in 1992.
Lifetime Achievement Award from International Women's Media Foundation in 1991.
Lifetime Achievement Award from Women's Project and Productions in 1993.
Honored by Museum of Television and Radio in 1996, for her contributions to broadcast journalism.
Has interviewed every US president since Richard Nixon.
Was the Today (1952) show's first female co-host.
Has received honorary doctorates from Ohio State University, Temple University, Marymount College, Wheaton College, and Hofstra University
Her father, Lou Walters, owned Latin Quarter nightclubs in New York, Boston and Florida.
TV reporter.
Graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a BA in English.
Daughter Jacqueline Dena Guber was born 14 June 1968. She was adopted by Barbara and her then-husband Lee Guber a few days after birth.
Her interview with Monica Lewinsky became the highest-rated news program ever broadcast by a single network.
She was the youngest producer with NBC-TV's New York station (WNBC-TV).
An adoptive mother of 1 daughter.
Is a vegetarian.
Named one of the "Best Dressed Stars of All-time" by People magazine, Sept. 2000.
She does not like to be photographed from her right side.
Graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School in Miami Beach, Florida.
Donates $1 million toward a gallery to be named for her in new Heimbold Visual Arts Center at her alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College, at Yonkers, NY campus, May 2002.
Was impersonated by Gilda Radner and Cheri Oteri on Saturday Night Live (1975).
First ever female to anchor a news broadcast on a major network when she and Harry Reasoner were co-anchors on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir (1953) in 1976.
In mid 2003, country singer Brad Paisley released a single titled "Celebrity," which he makes a reference to Barbara by saying "I'll get to cry to Barbara Walters when things don't go my way" referring to the celebrities who she interviews, the song turned out to be a major country radio hit.
Interviewed John Wayne on January 10, 1979, about six months before he died.
The first anchorperson to earn $1 million a year.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 14, 2007.
Ex-stepmother of Gary Adelson and Andrew Adelson.
While she attended Sarah Lawrence College, one of her classmates was Lee Radziwill.
In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year at $12 million.
Adopted daughter (with Lee Guber) Jackie Walters Danforth operates a self-discovery program for troubled girls that combines outdoor living with clinical therapy that she founded in 2001 called "New Horizons".
Has stated that her best interview was with Katharine Hepburn, her worst was with Warren Beatty.
In 2008, she was asked publicly whom she would spent time with, if the world were ending. With family or friends not an option, she answered interviewing Osama bin Laden.
Underwent heart surgery to repair a leaky heart valve on May 12, 2010.
Her second cousin, Nancy Shevell, is engaged to marry Paul McCartney and Walter says she considers her 'like a second child to me' [August, 2011].
Elisabeth Hasselbeck revealed that Barbara Walters is Republican.
Suffering from chicken pox [January 28, 2013].
Announced her retirement in May 2014 [May 13, 2013].
Ex-cousin-in-law of Lenny Adelson and Marvin Adelson.
Release of the book, "Barbara Walters" by Henna Remstein.
Release of her book, "Audition: A Memoir".
Her parents were both from Ashkenazi Jewish families (from Poland and Russia). The family's original surname was "Warmwasser".

Personal Quotes (8)

[advice from Don Hewitt, producer of 60 Minutes (1968), in 1957] You're a marvelous girl, but stay out of television.
I was the kind nobody thought could make it. I had a funny Boston accent. I couldn't pronounce my R's. I wasn't a beauty.
[on interviewing] I find very often people like to confront rumors. It depends on how much they trust you. And you have to have a line between what is tasteful and what isn't.
My own opinion is that there's far too little flirtation in our country as it is. Most attractive males talk to most attractive women as if they were Rotarians comparing sales percentages in Des Moines.
Motherhood is tough. If you just want a wonderful little creature to love, you can get a puppy.
[Upon receiving a GLAAD award in 2008 for a report on transgender children] You can forget all the Emmys. This means more to me.
Unless you and I fornicate in front of everybody, people aren't going to think we get along. (to co-anchor Harry Reasoner of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir (1953).
[on asking Ricky Martin about his sexual orientation] "When I think back on it now, I feel it was an inappropriate question."

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