Barbara Walters

Newscaster, Interviewer, TV host
Emmy winner Barbara Walters was a pioneering figure in the male-dominated world of network news in the 1960s and 1970s, who later emerged as an American broadcasting icon. A writer, researcher, producer and eventual ... Read more »
Born: 09/25/1929 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (194)

Everything is Copy 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Herself

The View: 20 Years In the Making 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Herself

20/20 2005 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Host

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2011, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker 2015 (Movie)

(Herself)

Barbara Walters: Her Story 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Nashville 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

20/20: Bringing Up Baby: Royal Edition 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Correspondent

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Love, Marilyn 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Love We Make 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Ninth Annual TV Land Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Barbara Walters Oscar Special 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

20/20: The Life and Death of Michael Jackson 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel's Big Night of Stars 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Oscar Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

20/20: The Royal Family 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbara Walters Oscar Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Billy Crystal: The Mark Twain Prize 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Live to Be 150...Can You Do It? 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Remembering Tim Russert 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Presenter

Barbara Walters Oscar Special 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

In the Path of Katrina 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Primetime Live 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Host

Peter Jennings: Reporter 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Barbara Walters Special (02/27/05) 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Barbara Walters Special (2/29/04) 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

100 Years of Hope and Humor 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

20/20: Living with Michael Jackson 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Christiane Amanpour 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (04/01/03) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The View: His & Her Body Test 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

After Party at "The View" 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

America.01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love Lucy -- 50th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Paula Zahn 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Barbara Walters Special (03/24/02) 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (11/16/01) 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nightclub Years 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbara Walters: A Driving Force 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Born in My Heart: A Love Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Liz Smith 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Barbara Walters Special (03/25/01) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Super Bowl XXXIV 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

The Barbara Walters Special (03/26/00) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ann Landers: America's Confidante 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Monica: The Untold Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Barbara Walters Special (03/21/99) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC News Saturday Night 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbara Walters Presents 6 to Watch 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Mike Wallace Remembers 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 25th Daytime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Barbara Walters Special (03/23/98) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Turning Point 1993 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Barbara Walters Presents: 6 to Watch 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood and the News 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (03/24/97) 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The Rodman World Tour 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Barbara Walters: 20 Years at ABC 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Into the Jury's Hands 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Princess Diana: The Interview 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Sex, Drugs and Consequences 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (03/25/96) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (11/17/95) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Happily Ever After? 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

In a New Light: Sex Unplugged 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

The Barbara Walters Special (03/27/95) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (09/20/94) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (11/09/94) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Whiz Kids 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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ABC's 40th Anniversary Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

In a New Light '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Legend to Legend Night 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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One on One: Classic Television Interviews 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 12 Most Fascinating People of 1993 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (03/21/94) 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (09/08/93) 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (11/09/93) 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special: Happy Hour 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Essence Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

20/20 15th Anniversary Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Donahue: The 25th Anniversary 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Television Moments: What We Watched 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Switched at Birth: Kimberly's Story 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (03/29/93) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (11/24/92) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (01/29/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (03/30/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (11/05/91) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Today at 40 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Fifteen Years of MacNeil/Lehrer 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (02/06/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (03/25/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (11/14/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Survival Stories: Growing Up Down and Out 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (03/26/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (09/26/89) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (11/01/89) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Baby 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

America's Kids: Teaching Them to Think 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Kids: Why They Flunk 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Presidential Inauguration 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The 50th Barbara Walters Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (01/31/89) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (03/29/89) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Sesame Street, Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (04/11/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (05/11/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (12/08/87) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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A Star-Spangled Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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LIFE: Fifty Years 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (02/25/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (03/30/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (12/02/86) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Today at 35 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Liberty Weekend Preview 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (03/24/86) 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (09/13/85) 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (12/10/85) 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (03/25/85) 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (05/29/85) 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (12/14/76) 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Today 1963 - 1976 (Tv Show)

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Not For Women Only 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Breaking the News (TV Show)

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Producer (1)

Iyanla 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Emmy winner Barbara Walters was a pioneering figure in the male-dominated world of network news in the 1960s and 1970s, who later emerged as an American broadcasting icon. A writer, researcher, producer and eventual on-air co-host of "The Today Show" (NBC, 1952- ), Walters continually pushed boundaries and her tenacious pursuit of hard news resulted in some of the biggest scoops of the era. In a significant victory for the droves of newly liberated women of the early 1970s, Walters was promoted to NBC News correspondent and entrusted with such responsibilities as covering President Nixon's historic visit to China in 1972. In 1976, Walters moved to ABC, where, after a troubled start as the first female co-anchor of a nightly network news broadcast, "World News Tonight" (ABC, 1976- ), she launched the infamous "Barbara Walters Specials" (ABC, 1976- ). These insightful profiles of top names in politics, sports and entertainment were ratings-grabbers, thanks to Walters' ingenious method of curve-ball questions that extracted the kind of personal revelations subjects least wanted to talk about. She continued to serve ABC news as a special correspondent and co-hosted the network's prime time news magazine "20/20" (1978- ) for over 20 years. As the creator of the controversial hit female-centric panel/talk show "The View" (ABC, 1997- ), Walters proved that after four-plus decades of catering to both hard news and entertainment audiences, she still had a knack for delivering timely topics in a way that appealed to audiences. Walters retired from "The View" and her other on-air duties in May 2014, drawing one of the most renowned careers in television news to an end.

Relationships

Merv Adelson Executive Producer

Husband
Married May 10, 1986 Divorced Aug. 17, 1992

Edward Brooke Actor

Companion
Walters revealed in 2008 memoir Audition that she had long and rocky affair with the politician (who was married at the time) in 1970s

Roy Cohn

Companion
McCarthy aide during HUAC hearings Dated in college He later died of complications from AIDS

Alan Greenspan Actor

Companion
Dated in 1970s No longer together

Jacqueline Guber

Daughter
Born 14, 1968 Adopted with then-husband Lee Guber

Lee Guber

Husband
Married Dec. 8, 1963 Divorced March 22, 1976

Robert Katz

Husband
Married June 20, 1955 Annulled 1958

Dena Seletsky

Mother

Lou Walters

Father
Founder of "Latin Quarter" nightclub chain

John Warner

Companion
Formerly married to Catherine Mellon and Elizabeth Taylor Reportedly dated 1996-2000; Walters always maintained she had known Warner since c. 1974 and they were only "good friends"

EDUCATION

Miami Beach High School

Miami Beach , Florida 1947

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York 1951

Milestones

2008

Published memoir Audition

2007

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

2001

Served as a producer of syndicated talk show "Iyanla"

1997

Co-created, co-executive produced, and co-hosted hit daytime talk and information program "The View" (ABC)

1984

Co-hosted ABC newsmagazine "20/20" with Hugh Downs; added second night of show 1997

1978

Served as correspondent for ABC's "World News Tonight"

1977

Arranged first joint interview with Egypt's President Anwar Sadat and Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin

1976

Hosted first primetime "Barbara Walters Special" with guests Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter, and Barbra Streisand and her then-companion Jon Peters

1976

Co-anchored "ABC Evening News" with Harry Reasoner

1974

Co-anchored (with Jim Hartz) NBC's "Today"

1972

Was only woman reporter in press group that accompanied President Nixon on his historic trip to China

1966

Appeared on episodic basis on NBC's "Today"

1961

Worked as writer and researcher for NBC's "Today" show

Began career as writer for local East Coast TV stations

Became NBC's regular "Today Girl"

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources listed 1931 as the year of Walters' birth.

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Walters served as honorary chair to the National Association for Help for Mentally Retarded Children (1970).

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She was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Ohio State University (1971).

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Walters was awarded an honorary doctorate by Marymount College (1975).

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Walters received the Hubert H. Humphrey Freedom Prize from the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (1978).

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Walters was named one of the most admired women in America in Gallup Polls (1982, 1984).

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Walters was awarded an honorary degree by Wheaton College (1983).

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She was cited as one of America's 100 Most Important Women of the Century by Good Housekeeping magazine.

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Walter was also named one of America's 100 Most Important Women of the Century by Ladies Home Journal.

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She was inducted to the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1990.

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She received a honorary doctorate from Temple University.

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She was the recipient of an honorary doctorate conferred by Hofstra University.

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She was also honored with a career retrospective held at New York City's Museum of Broadcasting as part of their Fifth Annual Television Festival.

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