38 Facts About Barbara Walters

1.

Barbara Walters began her career on The Today Show in the early 1960s as a writer and segment producer of women's interest stories.

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Barbara Walters's became known for an annual special aired on ABC, Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People.

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Barbara Walters's has interviewed both Donald Trump and Joe Biden, though not as presidents.

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Barbara Walters created, produced, and co-hosted the ABC daytime talk show The View, on which she appeared from 1997 until her retirement in 2014.

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5.

Barbara Walters was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1989, and in 2007 received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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6.

Barbara Walters's paternal grandfather, Abraham Isaac Warmwater, was born in Lodz, Poland, and emigrated to the United Kingdom, changing his name to Abraham Barbara Walters .

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7.

Barbara Walters worked as a Broadway producer where he produced the Ziegfeld Follies of 1943.

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8.

Barbara Walters was the Entertainment Director for the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he imported the "Folies Bergere" stage show from Paris to the resort's main showroom.

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Barbara Walters's elder sister, Jacqueline, was born mentally disabled and died of ovarian cancer in 1985.

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10.

Barbara Walters was a booking agent, and unlike her uncles who were in the shoe and dress business, his job was not very safe.

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11.

When she was a young woman, Barbara Walters's father lost his night clubs and the family's penthouse on Central Park West.

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12.

Barbara Walters 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.

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13.

Barbara 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 attended public school.

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14.

Barbara Walters's began producing a 15-minute children's program, Ask the Camera, directed by Roone Arledge in 1953.

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Barbara Walters's became a writer on The Morning Show at CBS in 1955.

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16.

Barbara Walters's moved up to become that show's regular "Today Girl, " handling lighter assignments and the weather.

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17.

Barbara Walters's had a great relationship with host Hugh Downs for years.

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18.

Barbara Walters's 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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19.

Barbara 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 to 1978.

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Barbara Walters has said that the tension between the two was because Reasoner did not want to work with a co-anchor and because he was unhappy at ABC, not because he disliked Barbara Walters personally.

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21.

Barbara Walters's was 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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22.

Barbara Walters is known for "personality journalism" and her "scoop" interviews.

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23.

Barbara Walters considered Robert Smithdas, a deaf-blind man who spent his life improving the lives of other individuals who are deaf-blind, as her most inspirational interview.

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24.

Barbara Walters said Hepburn's opinions stuck with her so much, she could repeat them almost verbatim to this day.

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25.

Barbara Walters was a co-host of the daytime talk show The View, of which she is co-creator and co-executive producer with her business partner, Bill Geddie.

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26.

In 2015, Barbara Walters hosted the documentary series American Scandals on Investigation Discovery.

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27.

Barbara Walters continued to host her 10 Most Fascinating People series on ABC in 2014 and 2015.

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28.

Barbara Walters has been married four times to three different men.

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29.

Barbara Walters's dated lawyer Roy Cohn in college; he said that he proposed marriage to Walters the night before her wedding to Lee Guber, but Walters denied this.

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30.

Barbara Walters's explained her lifelong devotion to Cohn as gratitude for his help in her adoption of her daughter, Jacqueline.

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31.

Barbara Walters testified as a character witness at Cohn's 1986 disbarment trial.

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32.

Barbara Walters said they ended the affair to protect their careers from scandal.

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33.

Barbara Walters is close friends with Tom Brokaw and Woody Allen, and was close friends with Joan Rivers as well with former Fox News head Roger Ailes from the late 1960s until his death in 2017.

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34.

In May 2010, Barbara Walters said she would be having open heart surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve.

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35.

Barbara Walters's had known for quite a while that she was suffering from aortic valve stenosis, even though she was symptom-free.

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Barbara Walters was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1989.

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37.

Barbara Walters's has won Daytime and Prime Time Emmy Awards, a Women in Film Lucy Award, and a GLAAD Excellence in Media award.

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38.

Barbara Walters's published her autobiography, Audition: A Memoir, in 2008.

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