Barbara Walters arrives at the New Amsterdam theater for the Dana Reeve Memorial Service April 10, 2006 in New York City.
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Barbara Walters is an American broadcast journalist. After graduating from Miami Beach High School in 1947, Walters attended and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in English.

Walters joined NBC as a researcher and writer for the Today show. She starred on the show in 1964 and officially became a co-host, a position she was effectively serving for years prior, in 1974. Walters joined ABC in 1976 as the first female anchor of a network evening news program, earning a $1 million paycheck.

From 1979 through 2004, Walters was on ABC’s 20/20. In 1997, Walters debuted a morning talk show on ABC: The View. The show is still popular and on-air, though Walters has stepped down as a co-host.


  • Name: Barbara Jill Walters
  • Birthday: Sept. 25, 1929
  • Education: Sarah Lawrence College
  • Children: Jacqueline Dena Guber
  • Spouse(s): Robert Henry Katz (married 1955-1957); Lee Guber (married 1963-1976); Merve Adelson (married 1981-1984 and 1986-1992)
  • Net Worth: $170 million

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