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Barbara Walters

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Barbara Walters Biography

Barbara Walters is an American media personality known for her many years as the first woman network news anchor, on ABC News starting in 1976. Fifteen years earlier she began as a writer on NBC's The Today Show and within a year became a reporter-at-large, developing, writing and editing her own reports and interviews. In 1974, NBC officially designated her as the program's first female co-host. She is also known for her years on the ABC newsmagazine 20/20 where she joined host Hugh Downs in 1979 and became the show's sole host in 1999. She left 20/20 in 2004. More recently she often co-hosts the daytime women's talk forum The View, of which she is also co-owner and co-executive producer. Throughout her career at ABC, Walters has appeared on ABC news specials as a commentator, including presidential inaugurations and the coverage of 9/11. Many of her regular and special programs are syndicated around the world. Read Full Bio >>

Barbara Walters Awards

2013 Television Critics Association Awards Nominated
2013 People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Daytime TV Host "The View" (1997). Nominated
2012 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment "The View" (1997). Nominated
2011 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Talk Show Host "The View" (1997). Nominated
2010 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Talk Show Host "The View" (1997). Nominated

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Barbara Walters Trivia

  • Her daughter was named after Barbara's sister, who was born mildly mentally retarded and died a few years ago.
  • 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 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.
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  • While in college, she dated 'Roy Cohn' (who became famous as an anti-Communist attorney for the U.S. Congress).
  • 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, Florida in 1949.
  • 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 Evening News" (1965) 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" refering to the celebrities who she interviews, the song turned out to be a major country radio hit.
  • Interviewed John Wayne on January 10th, 1979, about six months before he died.
  • The first anchorperson to earn a million dollars a year.

Barbara Walters Photos

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    Time 100 Most Influential People in the World - Red Carpet Outside Arrivals

  • Bill Geddy and Barbara Walters

    Time 100 Most Influential People in the World - Red Carpet Outside Arrivals

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    "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" New York City Premiere - Arrivals

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    2012 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner - Arrivals

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    2012 Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World Gala - Outdoor Arrivals

  • Katie Couric, Barbara Walters

    "Today" Show 60th Anniversary Celebration - Arrivals

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