Barbara Walters
Journalist, television news anchor and talk show host
Barbara Walters
Barbara Jill Walters is an American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. She has hosted morning television shows, the television news magazine, co-anchored the ABC World News, and is a contributor to ABC News. Walters was first known as a popular TV morning news anchor for over 10 years on NBC's Today, where she worked with Hugh Downs and later hosts Frank McGee and Jim Hartz. Walters later spent 25 years as co-host of ABC's news magazine 20/20.
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'I Am Jazz' Transgender Doll To Debut At NYC Toy Fair
Huffington Post - 13 days
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Carnegie Deli - Last of the Latkes
Huffington Post - about 2 months
There's Carnegie Hall. Carnegie Mellon. Dale Carnegie. Carnegie Hill. And then there's Carnegie Deli. From brisket bliss to cloud nine kasha, it's been a heavenly food haven for 79 years. Latkes the size of flying saucers. Plates toppling over with 4" piles of shaved beef and sauerkraut. And now the decades of deli decadence and delight are over. 3D: Disney, Dustin & Deli 1937. The year Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman and Jane Fonda were born; Amelia Earhart disappeared; Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered; Howard Hughes broke his own transcontinental flight record, and the Hobbit was published by J.R.R. Tolkien. Oh yes, and the same year Carnegie Deli opened on Seventh Avenue, just across the street from Carnegie Hall. Remember the old joke: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" "Practice." I would have answered: "First find the Carnegie Deli; then just go two blocks north to 57th Street!" Not Just Another Deli When Milton Parker and Leo Steiner too ...
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What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘This Is Us’ and ‘Barbara Walters Presents’
NYTimes - 3 months
“This Is Us” ends the first half of Season 1 with a journey to a Christmas Eve past. And Barbara Walters looks back at the affair that changed the way politics are covered.
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Why voting with your wallet means voting Democratic
CNN - 5 months
Though Clinton and Trump offer disparate economic plans, Zoltan Hajnal and Barbara Walter argue that based on five decades of research, Clinton's plan is likely to benefit more voters.
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Watch Hillary Clinton Endure 40 Years Of Sexism In Under 3 Minutes
Huffington Post - 7 months
“You’re really not all that interested in state dinners and teas and garden parties?” a befuddled male interviewer asked Hillary Clinton in 1979. A new video mashup by The National Memo (which you can watch above), shows that reporters have been asking Clinton why she doesn’t fit into a neat little box of what a woman is supposed to be for decades. In 1996, Barbara Walters asked Hillary Clinton, “Do you think the American people are ready yet to have a first lady who has strong opinions and an agenda?” Exactly 20 years later, Americans have largely accepted that a woman married to a powerful man might have a thought in her head, but cannot let a “lady who has strong opinions” become the person in this country whose opinions matter most without reminding her that she is first and foremost, a lady. So her “likability” comes into question, her voice and tone are policed, we hear male commentators say things like, “men won’t vote for Hillary Clinton because she r ...
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The revolving co-hosts of 'The View'
CNN - 7 months
From Barbara Walters and Star Jones to Whoopi Goldberg and Paula Faris, we trace the changing faces at ABC's chatfest, "The View".
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Trump, Kelly, Casablanca & Other Fripperies
Huffington Post - 9 months
Narcissism. It's a basic requirement for many entertainers, actors, television performers and most anyone who works in front of a camera and is successful. This is not a diss on narcissists. It takes a great deal to prevail in their arenas. They endure waves of rejection in the beginning of their careers. There's massive competition for these highly prized on-camera jobs. You've got to have powerful motivation to make it and that fuel can only come from you. The key to thriving as a narcissist is knowing you are a narcissist and covering it with something more palatable like self-deprecation, humility or humor. People generally don't like people who are all full of themselves with the possible exception of The Trumpeter. Apparently Fox TV anchor Megyn Kelly hasn't quite figured this out yet. In her first prime-time, Barbara Walters-style interview show featuring Robin Wright-style hair, she joked with Michael Douglas saying she how she felt "honored to be on your bucket list." " ...
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Watch: ARCHIVE VIDEO: Fidel Castro and Barbara Walters Discuss the US Embargo and Cuba's Economy in 2002
ABC News - 10 months
Oct. 11, 2002: Castro imagines Cuba's economic future if the U.S. were to lift its embargo.
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Watch: In Her Own Words: Inside the Reagan Marriage
ABC News - 12 months
ABC's Barbara Walters remembers interviews shared with the Reagans.
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Gwen Ifill And Judy Woodruff Make History As First All-Female Duo To Moderate A Presidential Debate
Huffington Post - about 1 year
PBS hosts Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff made history Thursday as the first pair of women to moderate a major presidential debate.  NPR's Pauline Frederick was the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 1976, but was paired with male journalists and didn't even get to ask a question. Barbara Walters moderated a debate during the same election cycle, but her male co-moderators asked all the questions. Time reported that ABC News' Carole Simpson moderated a town hall debate during the 1992 election, but asked few questions. That limited role for women made it so significant when CNN's Candy Crowley hosted a presidential debate on her own in 2012 and directly asked questions. At Thursday's Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton acknowledged the historic moment. "We've had like 200 presidential primary debates, and this is the first time there have been a majority of women on the stage. So we'll take our progress wherever we can find it," Clinton said. Sandra ...
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The Interview That Crossed The Line -- And What I Still Believe About Vulnerability
Huffington Post - about 1 year
At the 2014 Grammys, I performed "Same Love" alongside Madonna, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Queen Latifah while 33 couples were married on live television. And then I floated to the planet Orkjar on a golden pop-tart, because in what universe does a chubby lesbian get to be a red sparkling princess lady that sings about gay love? I cried for hours in the rehearsal, overwhelmed by the implications of what we were about to do. The day after that surreal performance, I felt electric. I was in the middle of recording my first full-length album, and was scheduled to appear on a live celebrity talk show to promote my single. It was one of those shows where they recap vapid useless celebrity gossip, so naturally I couldn't wait to dish on the moment when I pulled up to the glitzy after-party in a dirty red minivan with my parents, or when my girlfriend and I danced with a tipsy Anna Kendrick, or that my mom continued to insist that Skrillex was the nicest boy she'd ever met, and we ough ...
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Are You Relevant?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Relevance. Everybody wants to be and remain relevant. The dictionary defines "relevant" as: having direct bearing on the matter at hand; pertinent. Conversely, "irrelevant" means: not relating or pertinent to the matter at hand; not important. Justin Bieber has nearly 74,000,000 Twitter fans today. I just reached 614. Which of us is relevant and which is irrelevant? Does the mere fact that "Bowl Cut", as a friend calls him, has 73,999,386 more followers than me make him more relevant than me? And if so, more relevant to whom? The world? Music lovers? Pop culture? My dog? Is Bowl Cut more relevant to my dog than I am? I admit it. I'd like to be relevant to 73,999,386 more people than I currently am. I'd like to be perceived as a decision-maker, a game-changer, a player in the TV industry. I'd like making stupid money, hanging with important friends, getting Disney's Bob Iger to return my e-mails and having Oprah's private cell phone number (No, I don't have it, but I do have "The ...
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Trump: A Second Banana?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Avis car-rental was the second largest in the field (after Hertz) thus the giving birth to the advertising slogan they utilized for 50 years, "We Try Harder." It seems that this has been the year of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump being in second place in several venues. He is the Avis of political candidates. And Trump certainly tries harder. In fact, I find him to be one of the most trying people on the planet. Earlier this month he failed to be named TIME magazine's title Person of the Year. That title went to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Trump's loss prompted him to tweet "I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany." (Yes, he said "ruining," not "running.") Next Trump failed at being named Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of 2015. That moniker went to Caitlyn Jenner. And in a Gallop Poll released today, the Most Admired Man was President Barack Obama. T ...
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Steve Harvey, Ouch! How to Avoid On Air Errors
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Ouch! Steve Harvey! That was one of the most awkward hosting moments I can remember in my career as a television producer and media trainer. Certainly, an awkward moment for all who watched. Awkward doesn't describe the confusion between Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines vying for the title of Miss Universe. If this unforgettable career blunder can happen to seasoned Emmy Award-winning talk show host, Steve Harvey, where does the on camera skill set leave the rest of us? Oh, we think a blunder like that would never happen to the likes of us? I'm here to say, that we have more at stake for foot and mouth disease than Steve Harvey will suffer. We don't get the same amount of media opportunities to redeem ourselves in the public eye to their forgetfulness. If we are promoting and representing our message, our businesses, our point of view and our reputations, the standard for our performances runs high. Just knowing the basics is instrumental in handling a television interview. ...
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Tracy Morgan On The Real Reason Why He Survived His 2014 Car Accident
Huffington Post - about 1 year
ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos Tracy Morgan’s road to recovery from his June 2014 car crash -- which killed his close friend and comedy writer James McNair and injured four other passengers -- is a shining example of healing power through faith. As part of the Barbara Walters special “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015,” Morgan recalled his traumatic experience that left him in a coma for eight days. “The first night that it happened, my wife got to the hospital and the doctors told her, ‘we don’t know if he’s coming out of this coma,’” the “30 Rock” star told Walters during the interview. “But when I first came out of the coma I was blind for a week.” The 47-year-old comedian said that the lowest point of his recovery was not being able to attend the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live.” After months of rehabilitation, Morgan made his triumphant return to the national stage in September when he presented during the 2015 Emmy Awards. "Last year, J ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Barbara Walters
  • 2015
    Age 85
    In 2015, Walters hosted the documentary series American Scandals on Investigation Discovery.
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    In 2015, since her retirement from The View, she has hosted a number of special reports for 20/20.
    More Details Hide Details She hosted a documentary show for Investigation Discovery, and has continued to host her annual 10 Most Fascinating People special. In 2000, Walters received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
  • 2014
    Age 84
    In 2014, Walters appeared on CNN's Piers Morgan Live and revealed that not having more children is her greatest regret in life.
    More Details Hide Details She announced on the May 10, 2010, episode of The View that she would be undergoing open heart surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve. Walters added that she knew for quite a while that she was suffering from aortic valve stenosis, even though she was symptom-free. The procedure to fix the faulty heart valve "went well, and the doctors are very pleased with the outcome," Walters' spokeswoman, Cindi Berger, said in a statement on May 14, 2010. On July 9, 2010, it was announced that Walters would return to The View and her Sirius XM satellite show, Here's Barbara, in September 2010. Barbara Walters was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1989. On June 15, 2007, Walters received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has won Daytime and Prime Time Emmy Awards, a Women in Film Lucy Award, and a GLAAD Excellence in Media award. Her impact on the popular culture is illustrated by Gilda Radner's "Baba Wawa" impersonation of her on Saturday Night Live, featuring her idiosyncratic speech with its rounded "R". In 2008, she was honored with the Disney Legends award, an award given to those who made an outstanding contribution to The Walt Disney Company, which owns the network ABC. That same year, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Women's Agenda. On September 21, 2009, Walters was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 30th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards at New York City's Lincoln Center.
    Walters continued to host her 10 Most Fascinating People series in 2014 and 2015. Walters has been married four times to three different men. Her first husband was Robert Henry Katz, a business executive and former Navy lieutenant. They married on June 20, 1955, at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The marriage was reportedly annulled after 11 months, or in 1957. Her second husband was Lee Guber, theatrical producer and theater owner. They married on December 8, 1963, and divorced in 1976. They have one daughter, Jacqueline Dena Guber (born 1968, adopted the same year). Her third husband was Merv Adelson, the CEO of Lorimar Television. They married in 1981 and divorced in 1984. They remarried in 1986 and divorced for the second time in 1992.
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    On June 10, 2014, it was announced that she would be 'coming out of retirement' in order to do a special 20/20 interview with Peter Rodger, the father of Elliot Rodger who had committed the 2014 Isla Vista killings.
    More Details Hide Details Since then, she has hosted special 20/20 episodes featuring interviews with Mary Kay Letourneau and Donald and Melania Trump as well as interviewing Donald Trump for ABC News.
    Walters confirmed six weeks later that she would be retiring from television hosting and interviewing in May 2014, as originally reported; she made the official announcement on the May 13, 2013, episode of The View while also announcing that she will continue as the show's executive producer for as long as it's on the air.
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    Although retiring in May 2014, Walters has returned as a guest co-host on an intermittent basis throughout 2014 and 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Since leaving her role as 20/20 co-host in 2004, Walters has been in semi-retirement as a broadcast journalist, but has remained as a part-time contributor of special programming and interviews for ABC News.
    Walters retired from being a co-host May 2014.
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    She retired as a co-host of The View on May 16, 2014, and as executive producer in 2015, but she returned to this position for the 20th season of the show in 2016.
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  • 2013
    Age 83
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, on the April 1 episode, Walters neither confirmed nor denied the retirement rumors; she said "if and when I might have an announcement to make, I will do it on this program, I promise, and the paparazzi guys -- you will be the last to know".
  • 2010
    Age 80
    In a November 2010 episode of The View, while interviewing Larry King on his retirement from CNN, Walters alluded to her impending retirement, stating, "I know when my time's coming."
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    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 77
    In 2007 she dated Pulitzer Prize-winning gerontologist Robert Neil Butler.
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  • 1999
    Age 69
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Walters asked Lewinsky, "What will you tell your children when you have them?" Lewinsky replied, "Mommy made a big mistake," at which point Walters brought the program to a dramatic conclusion, turning to the viewers and saying, "And that is the understatement of the year." Walters was a part-time host of the daytime talk show The View, of which she also is co-creator and co-executive producer with her business partner, Bill Geddie. Walters described the show in its original opening credits as a forum for women of "different generations, backgrounds, and views." She added, "Be careful what you wish for "
  • 1985
    Age 55
    Walters' elder sister, Jacqueline, was born mentally disabled and died of ovarian cancer in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details According to Walters, her father made and lost several fortunes throughout his life in show business. He was a booking agent, and unlike her uncles who were in the shoe and dress business, his job was not very safe. During the good times, Walters recalls her father taking her to the rehearsals of the night club shows he directed and produced. The actresses and dancers would make a huge fuss over her and twirl her around until she was dizzy. Then she said her father would take her out for hot dogs, their favorite. According to Walters, being surrounded by celebrities when she was young kept her from being "in awe" of them. When she was a young woman, Walters' father lost his night clubs and the family's penthouse on Central Park West. As Walters recalled, "He had a breakdown. He went down to live in our house in Florida, and then the Government took the house, and they took the car, and they took the furniture." Of her mother, she said, "My mother should have married the way her friends did, to a man who was a doctor or who was in the dress business."
  • 1984
    Age 54
    In 1984, she moderated a Presidential debate held at the Dana Center for the Humanities at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire.
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  • 1977
    Age 47
    Walters is known for "personality journalism" and her "scoop" interviews. In November 1977, she achieved a joint interview with Egypt's President, Anwar Al Sadat, and Israel's Prime Minister, Menachem Begin.
    More Details Hide Details According to the New York Times, when she went mano a mano with Walter Cronkite to interview both world leaders, at the end of Cronkite's interview, he is clearly heard saying: "Did Barbara get anything I didn't get?" Her interviews with world leaders from all walks of life are a chronicle of the latter part of the 20th century. They include the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and his wife, the Empress Farah Pahlavi; Russia's Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin; China's Jiang Zemin; the UK's Margaret Thatcher; Cuba's Fidel Castro, as well as India's Indira Gandhi, Czechoslovakia's Václav Havel, Libya's Muammar al-Gaddafi, King Hussein of Jordan, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, among many others. Other interviews with influential people include pop icon Michael Jackson, actress Katharine Hepburn, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and in 1980 Sir Laurence Olivier. Walters considered Robert Smithdas, a deaf-blind man who spent his life improving the life of other individuals who are deaf-blind, as her most inspirational interview.
    Her television special about Cuban leader Fidel Castro aired on ABC-TV on June 9, 1977.
    More Details Hide Details Although the footage of her two days of interviewing Castro in Cuba showed his personality, in part, as freewheeling, charming, and humorous, she pointedly said to him, "You allow no dissent. Your newspapers, radio, television, motions picture are under state control." To this he replied, "Barbara, our concept of freedom of the press is not yours. If you asked us if a newspaper could appear here against socialism, I can say honestly no, it cannot appear. It would not be allowed by the party, the government, or the people. In that sense we do not have the freedom of the press that you possess in the U.S. And we are very satisfied about that." She concluded the broadcast of the interview by remarking, "What we disagreed on most profoundly is the meaning of freedom—and that is what truly separates us." At the time, Walters kept quiet about seeing New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, pitcher Whitey Ford, and several coaches in Cuba, there to assist Cuban ballplayers.
  • 1976
    Age 46
    She was also chosen to be the moderator for the third and final debate between candidates Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, held on the campus of the College of William and Mary at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall in Williamsburg, Virginia, during the 1976 Presidential Election.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Reasoner had a difficult relationship with Walters because he disliked having a co-anchor, even though he worked with former CBS colleague Howard K. Smith nightly on ABC for several years. In 1981, five years after the start of their short-lived ABC partnership and well after Reasoner returned to CBS News, Walters and her former co-anchor had a memorable (and cordial) 20/20 interview on the occasion of Reasoner's new book release. Walters is also known for her years on the ABC newsmagazine 20/20 where she reunited with former Today Show host Hugh Downs in 1979. Throughout her career at ABC, Walters has appeared on ABC news specials as a commentator, including presidential inaugurations and the coverage of 9/11.
  • 1974
    Age 44
    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.
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  • 1961
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She moved up to become that show's regular "Today Girl", handling lighter assignments and the weather. In her autobiography, she describes this era before the Women's Movement as a time when it was believed that nobody would take a woman seriously reporting "hard news". Previous "Today Girls" (whom Walters called "tea pourers") included Florence Henderson, Helen O'Connell, Estelle Parsons and Lee Meriwether. Within a year, she had become a reporter-at-large developing, writing, and editing her own reports and interviews. One very well received film segment was "A Day in the Life of a Novice Nun," edited by then first assistant film editor Donald Swerdlow (now Don Canaan) who was subsequently promoted to become a full film editor at NBC News. She had a great relationship with host Hugh Downs for years. When Frank McGee was named host, he refused to do joint interviews with Walters unless he was given the first three questions.
  • 1955
    Age 25
    She became a writer on "The Morning Show" at CBS in 1955.
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  • 1954
    Age 24
    Then she went to WPIX to produce the "Eloise McElhone Show."; it was cancelled in 1954.
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  • 1953
    Age 23
    She began producing a 15-minute children's program, "Ask the Camera," directed by Roone Arledge in 1953.
    More Details Hide Details She then produced for TV host, Igor Cassini/Cholly Knickerbocker, but left the network due to pressure from her boss to marry him, and his fist-fight with a man she preferred to date.
  • 1951
    Age 21
    In 1951 she received a B.A. in English from Sarah Lawrence College and immediately looked for work in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details After about a year at a small advertising agency, she began working at the NBC network affiliate in New York City, WNBT-TV (now WNBC), doing publicity and writing press releases.
  • 1947
    Age 17
    Then, back to New York City, and for high school, Birch Wathen School from which she graduated in 1947.
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  • 1944
    Age 14
    Walters' brother, Burton, died in 1944 of pneumonia.
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  • 1939
    Age 9
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After her father moved the family to New York City, she went to eighth grade at Ethical Culture Fieldston School, after which the family moved back to Miami Beach.
  • 1929
    Barbara Walters was born in 1929 (although Walters herself has claimed 1931 in an on-camera interview) in Boston to Dena (née Seletsky) and Louis "Lou" Walters (born Louis Abrahams).
    More Details Hide Details Her parents were both Jewish, and descendants of refugees from the former Russian Empire. Walters' paternal grandfather, Isaac Abrahams, was born in Łódź, Poland, and emigrated to the United Kingdom, changing his name to Abraham Walters (the original family surname was Warmwasser). Walters' father, Lou, was born in London c. 1896 and moved to New York with his father and two brothers, arriving August 28, 1909. His mother and four sisters arrived in 1910. In 1949 her father opened the New York version of the Latin Quarter. He also worked as a Broadway producer (he produced the Ziegfeld Follies of 1943). He also was the Entertainment Director for the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he imported the "Folies Bergère" stage show from Paris to the resort's main showroom.
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