Barbara Walters graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a BA in English. After college, she became the youngest producer at a New York television station.
She was the first female to anchor a news broadcast, in 1976, when she co-anchored ABC Evening News with Harry Reasoner.…more
In her autobiography, Barbara revealed she had a two year affair in the 1970's with then Senator Edward Brooke.
In May 2008, Barbara's autobiography Audition was released and immediately went to the top of the New York Times Bestsellers List.
Barbara was listed at #75 in Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 of 2007.
Barbara's top three interviews of her career are Fidel Castro in 1977, Michael Jackson in 1997 and Monica Lewinsky in 1999.
In 1976, Barbara Walters played the lady bank teller in the movie Crazy Mama.
In 1979, Barbara played the cafeteria lady in the movie Rock 'n' Roll High School.
Barbara is a smoker.
Barbara Walters won Emmy Awards in 1975, 1980, 1982, 1983, and 1997.
Barbara is commonly reported birth year is 1931, but this is false. The 1930 Federal Census, Enumeration District 41-184, assigns to her parents Louis and Dena Walters a daughter Barbara, aged 6 months. This makes the year 1931 impossible, and her real birth year is almost certainly 1929.
Barbara Walters is Jewish.
Barbara was once a writer for CBS News.
In 1977, Barbara made journalism history by arranging the first joint interview with Egypt's President Anwar Sadat and Israel's Prime Minister Menachem.
Barbara Walters has interviewed more statesmen and stars than any other journalist in history.
Barbara Walters had the first formal interview with General Colin Powell since he retired as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Barbara Walters was once a secretary.
In May of 2006, Barbara Walters made a comment about feeling uncomfortable on planes with a mother nursing her child next to her, which resulted in about 150 mother nursing their babies outside her View studios the next day in protest of her comment.
Barbara Walters claims that her dog, Cha Cha, can say "I love you" to her.
In 1975, Barbara Walters was the impersonated by Gilda Radner and Cheri Oteri on Saturday Night Live.
Barbara Walters is a vegetarian.
Barbara Walters was the youngest producer ever with NBC's New York station.
Barbara Walters dated Rory Cohn, who is an anti-Communist attorney for the U.S. Congress, while she was in college.
Barbara Walters was married to Lee Guber from 1963 until they divorced in 1976. She then was married to Merv Adelson from 1986 until they divorced in 1992.
Barbara Walters is 5'5" tall.
In 1976, Barbara Walters was paid a million dollars to leave the NBC show and to work on ABC.
Barbara Walters in the first news anchor to make over a million dollars a year.
Barbara Walters was honored to receive honorary doctorates from Marymount College, Wheaton College, Temple University, and Hofstra University, and Ohio State University.
In 1993, Barbara Walters was honored with another Lifetime Achievement Award from Women's Project and Productions.
In 1991, Barbara Walters was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from International Women's Media Foundation.
Ironically, Barbra only wears one contact lense while she is reporting. If she wears both of them, she can't read her notes, but if she only wears one of them, she can see read the teleprompter and her notes.
Barbara says that her mentor is Mike Wallace.
Barbara Walter was married to Robert Henry Katz for less than a year, before the marriage was annulled.
Barbara Walter has several nicknames like Babs, Baba Wawa, and BW.
When Barbara Walters started off on the Today show as a reporter, she would edit and write her own material.
Barbara Walters earned a B.A. in English from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York.
In 1949, Barbara Walters graduated from Miami Beach High School.
Barbara Walters named her adopted daughter, Jackie, after her sister who died of ovarian cancer.
Barbara Walters hosted Today for ten years before switching to host 20/20 for over twenty years.
Barbara Walters became the first female evening news anchor to appear on tv.
Barbara Walters had hosted a similar program to The View in the 1970s called Not For Women Only. A panel of four experts, moderated by Walters, would discuss serious topical issues of the day
Barbara received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007 for her work in television.
In 2000, People named Barbara one of the "Best Dressed Stars of All-Time".
Barbara's two hour interview special with Monica Lewinsky became the highest-rated news program ever broadcast by a single network. 74 million people watched that interview.
Barbara interviewed every U.S. President and First Lady since Richard Nixon.
In 2003, she won a Best Talk Show Daytime Emmy for producing The View.
Barbara does not like to be photographed from her right side.
Her father, Lou Walters, owned Latin Quarter nightclubs in New York, Boston, and Florida.
Although never confirmed, it has been rumored that Barbara dated Senator John Warner for many years.
In 1996, Barbara was honored by Museum of Television and Radio for all of her contributions to broadcast journalism.
In 1990, Barbara was inducted into the Television Academy Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.
In 1974, Barbara was the The Today Show's first female broadcaster.
Barbara dated Alan Greenspan in 1974.
In 1953, Barbara received her BA in English from Sarah Lawrence College.
In 1949, Barbara graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School in Miami, Florida.
Barbara once worked undercover as a Playboy Bunny.
Barbara has stated that her mentor is 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace.
Barbara named her daughter, Jackie, after her sister who was mentally challenged and died of ovarian cancer.
She has worked extensively on radio shows of others and her own.
Barbara Walters: The most dominant person in my life was Jackie. I was embarrassed by her, and at the same time I loved her very much. I always knew I had to take care of Jackie — financially support her, but more than that. The sadness of her life gave me an understanding, and a compassion, and a pain in my heart
Barbara Walters: (on how she got started in TV): At a certain point I had to work. I had to support my whole family. My father was, I guess, what we would call an impresario. He produced great, glorious shows, kind of like Las Vegas shows, in at the time the most famous nightclub in America, called the Latin Quarter. Many comedians still know me as Lou A's daughter. But like many great impresarios, my father died broke, and I supported the family from the time I was about 22 or 23. I had to work. And I had a sister who was older than I, who was borderline retarded.
Barbara Walters: I was the kind nobody thought could make it. I had a funny Boston accent. I couldn't pronounce my R's. I wasn't a beauty.
Barbara Walters: (On interviewing) I find very often people like to confront rumors. It depends on how much they trust you. And you have to have a line between what is tasteful and what isn't.
Barbara Walters: My own opinion is that there's far too little flirtation in our country as it is. Most attractive males talk to most attractive women as if they were Rotarians comparing sales percentages in Des Moines.
Barbara Walters: Motherhood is tough. If you just want a wonderful little creature to love, you can get a puppy.
Barbara Walters: (on Star announcing live on air she was leaving The View.) I was trying to do everything I possibly could - up until this morning, when I was betrayed - to protect her. We gave her time to look for another job and hoped she would...leave with dignity. But Star made another choice.