Barbara Walters

Journalist + Television News Anchor and Talk Show Host
Born Sep 25, 1929
Age 86
Hometown City of Bostown
Religion Jewish
Height 5' 5" (165 cm)
Nationality American
Alma Mater BA English, Sarah...
High School Miami Beach Senio...

Barbara Jill Walters is an American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. She has hosted morning television shows Today and The View, the television news magazine 20/20, co-anchored the ABC Evening News, and is a contributor to ABC News. Walters was first known as a popular television morning news anchor for over 10 years on the NBC News program Today, where she worked with Hugh Downs and later hosts Frank McGee and Jim Hartz.… Read More

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1929 Birth Barbara Walters was born September 25, 1929 in Boston to Dena (née Seletsky) and Louis "Lou" Walters (born Louis Abrahams). … Read More
1939 9 Years Old Walters attended Lawrence School, a public school in Brookline, Massachusetts, to the middle of fifth grade, when her father moved the family to Miami Beach in 1939, where she also attended public school. … Read More


1944 14 Years Old Walters' brother, Burton, died in 1944 of pneumonia.
1947 17 Years Old Then, back to New York City, and for high school, Birch Wathen School from which she graduated in 1947.


1951 21 Years Old In 1951 she received a B.A. in English from Sarah Lawrence College and immediately looked for work in New York City. … Read More
1953 23 Years Old She began producing a 15-minute children's program, "Ask the Camera," directed by Roone Arledge in 1953. … Read More
1954 24 Years Old Then she went to WPIX to produce the "Eloise McElhone Show."; it was cancelled in 1954.
1955 25 Years Old She became a writer on "The Morning Show" at CBS in 1955.


1961 31 Years Old After a few years as a publicist with Tex McCrary Inc. and a job as a writer at Redbook magazine, Walters joined NBC's The Today Show as a writer and researcher in 1961. … Read More


1974 44 Years Old She was not named co-host of the show until McGee's death in 1974, when NBC officially designated Walters as the program's first female co-host.
1976 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Walters has seldom minced words when describing the visible, on-the-air disdain her co-anchor, Harry Reasoner displayed for her when she was teamed up with him on the ABC Evening News from 1976–78. … Read More
1977 47 Years Old 1 More Event
Her television special about Cuban leader Fidel Castro aired on ABC-TV on June 9, 1977. … Read More


1984 54 Years Old In 1984, she moderated a Presidential debate held at the Dana Center for the Humanities at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire. … Read More
1985 55 Years Old Walters' elder sister, Jacqueline, was born mentally disabled and died of ovarian cancer in 1985. … Read More


1999 69 Years Old On March 3, 1999, her interview of Monica Lewinsky was seen by a record 74 million viewers, the highest rating ever for a news program. … Read More
2004 74 Years Old As of 2004, Walters was in semi-retirement as a broadcast journalist, but remained a correspondent for ABC News as well as a host of ABC's special programs, while continuing to co-host The View.
2007 77 Years Old …  In 2007 she dated Pulitzer Prize-winning gerontologist Robert Neil Butler. … Read More
2010 80 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 7, 2010, Barbara Walters announced she would no longer hold Oscar interviews, but will still be working with ABC and on The View.
2013 83 Years Old On March 28, 2013, numerous media outlets reported that Barbara Walters would retire in May 2014 and that she would make the announcement on the show four days later. … Read More
…  Walters retired from ABC News and as co-host of The View on May 16, 2014, although she remains the executive producer for as long as it's on the air. … Read More
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