Known as “The View,” Barbara Jill Walters was a popular American TV host and journalist who lived from September 25, 1929, until her death on December 30, 2022.
Walters hosted several shows on television, including Today, The View, 20/20, and the ABC Evening News, and she became well-known for her skillful and engaging interviews. Since 1951 until her retirement in 2015, Walters was an active member of the journalism community.
Barbara Walters Net Worth
At the time of her passing, American journalist, novelist, and television celebrity Barbara Walters was worth an estimated $170 million. As of the 30th of December, 2022, Barbara Walters had passed away at the age of 93. Walters had a long and successful career on television, hosting series like “20/20,” “The View,” and “ABC Evening News” over the course of many years.
In 1961, Walters joined “The Today Show” as a writer and researcher; by 1974, she had become one of the show’s co-hosts. And in 1976, she made history again by becoming the first woman to co-anchor a network evening news program on American television.
Barbara has written two books: “How to Talk with Practically Anybody about Practically Anything” (1970) and “Audition: A Memoir,” and she hosts the annual “Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People” program (2008).
Barbara Walters Early Life
On September 25, 1929, in Boston, Massachusetts, Barbara Jill Walters was born. Dena and Louis, her parents, were both Jewish; Lou ran a nightclub named the Latin Quarter in Boston before founding a series of nightclubs in 1937.
Barbara’s father, Lou, was a Broadway producer and the Entertainment Director of the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, thus she grew up in a celebrity-filled environment. As a child, Walters was close with his older sister, Jacqueline, who suffered from mental retardation and died of ovarian cancer in 1985.
Burton, Barbara’s older brother, passed away in 1932 from pneumonia. Since Barbara’s family relocated several times, she attended a variety of schools, including Lawrence School in Brookline, Massachusetts, Ethical Culture Fieldston School and Birch Wathen School in New York City, and Miami Beach High School, from which she graduated in 1947.
The following year, she enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York, where she earned a BA in English in 1951. After gaining experience in the advertising industry at a small firm for a year, Walters was hired by NBC station WNBT-TV, where she was responsible for writing press releases and producing a children’s program called “Ask the Camera.”
The next year after leaving WNBT-TV, she went to work as a writer for CBS’s “The Morning Show” after she had produced the Eloise McElhone Show on WPIX until it was canceled in 1954.
Barbara Walters Career
Walters began her career in television in 1961 when she joined NBC’s “The Today Show” as a writer and researcher. She later became known as the show’s “Today Girl,” responsible for lighter fare stories and the weather. She was quickly promoted to the position of “reporter at large,” where she could plan, conduct, and edit her own interviews and stories.
Barbara made history when she became the first female co-host of “The Today Show” after Frank McGee’s death in 1974. In addition to hosting “The Today Show,” she also presented “Not for Women Only,” which ran on a local NBC network from 1971 until 1976.
From 1976 to 1978, Walters and Harry Reasoner co-anchored “ABC Evening News,” and Walters claims that Reasoner made his distaste for her clear on the broadcast. After working with Hugh Downs on “The Today Show” for a while, Barbara decided to join him at ABC’s “20/20” in 1979. In 1984, she joined Downs as a co-anchor and stayed until 2004, when she finally decided to leave the show.
Barbara Walters Personal Life
Barbara’s marriage to business executive Robert Henry Katz, which began on June 20, 1955, was dissolved 11 months later, in 1957. On December 8, 1963, she wed theatrical producer Lee Guber, the couple later separated and adopted a daughter, Jacqueline, in 1968.
From 1981 to 1984 and again from 1986 to 1992, Walters was married to Merv Adelson, CEO of Lorimar Television. Barbara dated Alan Greenspan, who would later become Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, in the 1970s, and she dated Senator John Warner, who would later become Vice President, in the 1990s.
After aortic valve stenosis and a defective aortic valve forced her to have open heart surgery in 2010, Walters took six months off from “The View” and her Sirius XM show, “Here’s Barbara,” to recover. Barbara’s operation went well, and she went back to work in September. In 2014, she left both programmes permanently.
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