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Barbara Walters Biography and Wiki
Barbara Walters is a television personality and broadcast journalist who rose to prominence as the segment producer for women’s interest stories on NBC News ‘The Today Show.’ In the early 1960s, Walters began her career on The Today Show as a writer and segment producer of women’s interest stories. She became the program’s co-host, the first woman to hold such a position on an American news program.
Barbara Walters Education
She went to Brookline’s Lawrence School. Her family later relocated to New York City, where she graduated from Birch Wathen School in 1947. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and graduated with a B.A. in English.
Barbara Walters Age and Birthday
How old is Barbara? She is 93 years old as of 2022. She was born Barbara Jill Walters on September 25, 1929, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Celebrating her birthday every 25th of September.
Barbara Walters Height
Walter stands at a height of 5’5″ (165 cm) tall. ALSO READ: Michael Zegen
Barbara Walters Nationality
Walter is an American national and citizen by birth. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, United State of America. She is of mixed ethnicity/heritage/ancestry of Jewish-American.
Barbara Walters’s Parents and Family
She was born and raised in Boston, the daughter of Jewish parents Dena and Louis Walters. Her father was a Broadway producer as well as the Tropicana Resort and Casino’s Entertainment Director.
Barbara Walters’s Husband and Children
Walters married business executive Robert Henry Katz for the first time in 1955. The marriage only lasted a few months. She married Lee Guber, a theatrical producer and theater owner, in 1963. Before divorcing in 1976, they had one daughter. She married Merv Adelson, the CEO of Lorimar Television, in 1981. They divorced in 1984, but married again in 1986. They divorced again in 1992.
Barbara Walters’s Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of 170 million dollars.
Barbara Walters Career
She worked for a year at a small advertising agency before landing a job at WNBT-TV, New York City’s NBC network affiliate. In 1953, she produced ‘Ask the Camera,’ a 15-minute children’s program directed by Roone Arledge. In 1955, she joined CBS as a writer for ‘The Morning Show.’ Before becoming a writer for ‘Redbook,’ she worked as a publicist for Tex McCrary Inc. In 1961, Walters began her career as a writer and researcher for NBC’s ‘The Today Show,’ quickly rising to become the show’s regular ‘Today Girl.’ At the time, women were only given minor tasks such as weather reporting.
She began to create and write her own reports and interviews. In 1974, she became the first female co-host of ‘The Today Show.’ In 1976-78, she worked as a co-anchor on the ‘ABC Evening News with Harry Reasoner. However, the two had a strained working relationship because Reasoner disliked having a female co-anchor. She worked for ABC as a commentator on news specials such as presidential inaugurations and as a moderator during the 1976 Presidential Elections between candidates Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. She is best known for her work in personality journalism and interviewing. In November 1977, she conducted a joint interview with Egypt’s President Anwar Al Sadat and Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
She became a regular special contributor to the ABC news magazine ’20/20’ by 1981. Hugh Downs, with whom she had worked for many years, had a great working relationship with her. She interviewed world leaders such as Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom, Fidel Castro of Cuba, Boris Yeltsin of Russia, and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela over the course of her long and fruitful career. She’s also interviewed celebrities like Michael Jackson, Sir Laurence Olivier, and Katharine Hepburn. She and Bill Geddie came up with the idea for the ABC talk show ‘The View,’ which has been on the air since August 1997. The 17-season-long show features a panel of five female co-hosts who discuss a wide range of topics wide range of social and political issues.