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Barbara Walters Biography

Birth Name:
Barbara Jill Waters
Birth Place:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Broadcast journalist, anchor, TV host, producer

Fast Facts

  • Father founded and owned the famous Latin Quarter nightclubs in New York and Miami
  • Dated lawyer Roy Cohn, aide to Sen
  • Joseph McCarthy, in the early 1950s
  • The two maintained a friendship until Cohn's death in 1986
  • In 1976, became the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast, earning an unprecedented $1 million a year to co-anchor (with Harry Reasoner) ABC Evening News
  • Received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2000
  • Left the long-running news magazine 20/20 to concentrate on her morning talk show, The View, in 2004
  • Published Audition: A Memoir in 2008


  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Informational Special: nominated
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Informational Special: nominated
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Informational Special: nominated
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Informational Special: nominated
  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series: nominated
  • 1987Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series: nominated
  • 1986Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series: nominated
  • 1985Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series: nominated
  • 1984Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series: nominated
  • 1983Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series: winner