Barbara Walters

Journalist (1929)
Sun Aug 09 2020
By   Selena

Barbara Walters is a respected American television journalist who is best known for being the first female co-anchor at The Today Show from 1962 to 1978. Not only this but she has featured on numerous TV shows as a host like ABC Evening News (1976–1978), 20/20 (1979–2004), and The View (1997–2014). Even after her retirement as a full-time host on May 15, 2014, she continues to work as a guest co-host for ABC News throughout 2014 and 2015.

Barbara Jill Walters was born on September 25, 1929, in Boston, Massachusetts, the U.S. Her parents are Lou Walters (died on 15 August 1977), a British booking agent, and Dena Seletsky. Further, she had one older sister, Jacqueline, who died in 1985 from ovarian cancer and one brother Burton Walters died in 1932 due to pneumonia. So, she holds American citizenship and is of Russian American ethnicity.

Tied The Knot Four Times, Know About Her Husbands

Graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, Walters married four times with three different men. Initially, she tied the knot to her first husband, Robert Henry Katz. He is a business executive and retired Navy lieutenant. 

Caption: Barbara Walters and Her Second Spouse, Lee Guber With Their Adopted Daughter, Jacqueline Dena Guber
Source: ABC News

They got hitched on June 20, 1955, in a private ceremony at New York's The Plaza Hotel. But after 11 months, their marriage was reportedly annulled in 1957. Then she went to marry a theatrical producer and theater owner, Lee Guber.

Barbara and Guber tied the knot on December 8, 1963, and had divorced in 1976. During their marital relation, they adopted a daughter Jacqueline Dena Guber, born on 14 June 1968, a few days after her birth. Well, Jacqueline was named after Walters' older sister's death who was born mildly mentally retarded.

 Barbara Walters and Her Third Husband Merv Adelson
Photo: Barbara Walters and Her Third Husband Merv Adelson
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Her third marriage was with the CEO of Lorimar Television, Merv Adelson. After the first meeting after a mutual friend arranged a blind date in 1985, they first married in 1981 but later they ended their matrimony in 1984. Two years later, the duo remarried for the second time in 1986. But again they parted their ways in 1992.

Her Other Past Love Affairs

American journalist, Barbara, aged 90, had a love affair with a lawyer, Rory Chhn in their college time. Chhn claimed that he proposed her the night before her marriage to Lee in 1981. But she denied this.

 Barbara Walters and  Alan Greenspan Dated In The 1970s
Picture: Barbara Walters and  Alan Greenspan Dated In The 1970s
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Also, she was romantically linked with the Federal Reserve of the United States, Alan Greenspan in the mid-1970s. Further, she dated the Secretary of the Navy of the US, John Warner in the 1990s.

Barbara Walters and John Warner
Snap: Barbara Walters and John Warner
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As per her autobiography Audition, Walters also encountered with late Republican politician, Edward Brooke in the 1970s. Added to that, she dated Robert N. Butler, the Pulitzer Prize-winning gerontologist in 2007.

Besides her love life, her close friends include Joan Rivers, Tom Brokaw, Woody Allen, and Roger Ailes.

How much is Barbara Walters worth?

Working in the news industry for nearly 60 years, Barbara has earned a huge fortune. As of early 2020, she has a staggering net worth of $170 million. She credits her worth to her work as a broadcast journalist and television personality.

For her salary, Walters earned $1 million a year as the first anchorperson during her work at ABC. In addition, Forbes Magazine calculated her wages at $12 million per annum in 2007.

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Her career highlights include The Today Show, ABC Evening News, 20/20, and The View. Likewise, her interview with TV personality, Monica Lewinsky is known as the highest-rated news program throughout her life.

Asides it, she has authored two books named How to Talk with Practically Anybody about Practically Anything (1970) and Audition: A Memoir (2008).

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