As a journalist, there's barely a thing that she hasn’t accomplished, or she hasn’t achieved. Barbara Walters is a broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. With many successful shows like Today, The View, 20/20 and The ABC Evening News, she has graced the TV screen with her beautiful face and strong personality for a long time. She has been in an interview with the leading figures of many countries and earned several awards and nominations for doing so.
A Career in TV and Journalism:
Often hailed as one of the leading and Greatest TV Stars of all time, her recognition as a television personality came in the early 1960s as a writer and segment producer on the NBC News morning program The Today Show. The show is a hit and continues to date with other famous women like Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira as a host of the show.
Also a pioneer woman in journalism, she was the first female anchor of the evening news and earned $1 million per year for the job. She created and worked as a co-host of The View and continued for the 16 consecutive seasons. As of 2017, she has retired from the network now but contributes as an occasional reporter for the ABC News.
During her work period, she also faced a dispute with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. The book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, has accounted for the fight of her with Elisabeth in 2006. When the dispute turned into a fight, Elisabeth threatened to quit the show. She told with former executive producer Bill Geddie ;
“I’m quitting. I don’t need to be reprimanded on the air like that by this woman. I will take it at the meeting. I will not take that on the air. I’m leaving.”
Similarly, in the book written by Ramin Setoodeh, the New York bureau chief for Variety, it was written that Barbar was mentioned as the deeply egomaniacal lady in the show and alleged that she created a hostile working environment. In the copy received by Huff Post, it was written;
"Walters held a tight grip on the show, but was also deeply egomaniacal and threatened by women who are more popular."
Moreover, Ladies Who Punch alleged that she was one of the ladies to leaked the details of the show as well as information about women with the press, which was quite an embarrassment for the show.
What is Barbara Walters’ Net Worth?
At the prime of her career, she was a host on numerous news programs and talk shows that made her a very well-known name in the country. She reportedly took the salary of $1 million as the first ever female host of the network's evening news program. She has an estimated net worth of $170 million from her long and prolific career. Even at an old age, she continued to continue to work and had a high-profile interview with people including a current president of USA, Donald Trump just before being elected.
What’s The Reason Behind Her Failed Relationships?
When people become widely involved in their profession and have the pressure of success, name, and fame cloud over their personal life, it affects their relationships. It seems to be the same case as the journalist who had some failed relationships and marriages in her life. She married and divorced three different spouses for four times.
The first ever known relationship of her is with boyfriend Roy Cohn, who turned out to be gay but she has defined him as a good friend and been grateful to him for his assistance. She married Robert Henry Katz, a business executive, and former Navy lieutenant on June 20, 1955, but annulled just after 11 months. Her second husband was Lee Guber a theatrical producer and theater owner with whom she married in 1963. The couple adopted a daughter named Jacqueline Dena Guber. They stayed together for about thirteen years.
Barbara Walters poses for a photo with the former husband Lee Guber and daughter Jacqueline (Photo: dailyentertainmentnews.com)
She married her third husband Merv Adelson, the CEO of Lorimar Television in 1981 but divorced soon in 1984. After being separated for some years, they remarried in 1986. This time they remained together for six years before deciding to part their ways once again. She dated Pulitzer Prize-winning gerontologist Robert Neil Butler in 2007. In an interview with Piers Morgan, she regretted not having more children.
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Short Bio, Health, and Death or Alive:
As per the wiki, Barbara Walters currently aged 87 was born on 25th September 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Her health deteriorated in May of 2010 after which she had to go through open-heart surgery to replace an aortic valve. Many people even suspected her death at the time but the process went well, and she recovered fully. She is, in fact, alive and relatively well. She was born to parents Dena and Louis Walters and grew up with two brothers. She belongs to Russian ethnicity.
Barbara completed her high schooling from Miami Beach Senior High School in 1947. Later. He enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and Birch Wathen Lenox School respectively.