Barbara Walter is the first woman ever to become co-anchor for an evening newscast. Barbara Walter was also the highest-paid journalist in the history of television broadcasting at that time. Besides the journalist, she is a television presenter, talk show host, actor, screenwriter, author, and television producer.
Table of Biography
Barbara Jill Walters came to the world on September 25, 1929, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Currently, she is 91 years old woman. She was the daughter of father Lou Walters and mother Dena Seletsky. Her parents were Jewish and descendants of refugees from the former Russian Empire.
She has three siblings, two sisters named Jacqueline, Walda Walters Anderson, and a brother Burton Walters. Her elder sister, Jacqueline was born mentally disable and died of ovarian cancer in 1985 and her brother Burton died due to pneumonia in 1944. Her father was the head of the Latin Quarter night club.
Talking about Walters’s educational life, she attended Lawrence School in Brookline up to the middle fifth grade. When her family moved to New York City, where she went to eighth grade in Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Again her family moved to Miami Beach. In 1947, she graduated from Birch Wathen School. Moreover, she attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. In 1951, she graduated with a B.A in English from there.
Career and Professional life
After completing graduation, she immediately searches for work in New York City. After a year, she started to work in a small advertising agency in the NBC network affiliate. There, she improved her writing and producing skills. After some time, she moved to CBS, where she wrote articles for the Morning Show.
In 1961, NBC hired her to work as a researcher and writer for their popular ‘Today show’. Her stories were mostly base on female viewers. After working for a few months, she got a breakthrough assignment to travel with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on a trip to India and Pakistan. As a result, she earned more responsibility at the network. From 1964, she became the main person of the ‘Today Show’ alongside Hugh Downs and later on, Frank McGee. From the show, she earned her nickname “Today girl”. Before 1974, she wasn’t given the official billing and was limited to asking questions of the show’s “serious” guest until the male co-host had finished asking his. She works in for 11 years, where she learns the interviewing technique.
By the time of 1972, she established herself as a competent journalist. In 1976, she accepted a job at ABC. In the same year, she launched the first of a series of Barbara Walters Special. Due to her skill as a reporter, her male colleagues were outraged and openly critical of her success. Because male news anchors were not exclusively preferred by the audience, the rating of the evening news program was disastrous and the ABC network released Walters within two years. In her entire professional career, she got the chance to interview with VIP, President. She retired from being a co-host on May 15, 2014.
Achievements and Net worth
In her entire professional life, she has won a number of awards and nominations. Among them, she won her first Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award for best host in a talk series in 1975. Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show Host, Emmy Awards, GLAAD Media Awards, News & Documentary Emmy Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Television Critics Association Award, Walk of Fame, Women in Film Lucy Awards, and so on.
Working for decades as a broadcast journalist, author, and television personality, she has earned a huge amount of sum. Her net worth is around $170 million, which she earns from her professional career.
Talking about Walters’s marital relationship, she has married four times to three different men. She married her first husband, Robert Henry Katz, on June 20, 1955, at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. Her first husband was a former Navy lieutenant and business executive. The couple ended their relationship in 1957.
After the separation from the first husband, she met theatrical producer and theater owner Lee Guber in 1961. After a blind date, they married two years later. Due to the busy schedule of both, they lived in separate homes for the first six months after their marriage. In 1968, the couple decided to adopt s child, a girl Walter named Jacqueline in the tribute of her sister, who was disabled and couldn’t live a normal life ad have children of her own. In 1972, the couple decided to temporarily separate while they have some marital issues. They reunited, but the relationship did not last long and ended in 1976 by divorce.
After Guber, she married Merv Adelson in 1981. Adelson was the CEO of Lorimar Television, a production company that was behind shows ‘The Waltons’, ‘Dallas’, and ‘Falcon Crest’. The couple divorced in 1984 and again remarried in 1986, and divorced a second time in 1992.
Walters wanted to have a child but after three miscarriages, she chooses adoption as the best option.
Working for more than four decades as a journalist and co-host, walters has not been a part of controversy and rumors in her entire professional career.
Body Measurement and Social media
Talking about Walters’s body measurements, she is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 57 kg. She has hazel eyes and blonde hair color. Her body measurement is 34-26-32 inches.
She is pretty active in social media and post pictures, photos. On her Facebook, there are about 414 k followers. On Twitter, there are about 1.5 m followers and on Instagram, there are about 1 k followers.