Walters, Barbara

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Walters, Barbara Gender: F
Barbara Jill Walters
born on 25 September 1929 at 06:50 (= 06:50 AM )
Place Boston, Massachusetts, 42n22, 71w04
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: McEvoy
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 01°53' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 23°31 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 04°04'

Barbara Walters
photo: Christopher Peterson, license cc-by-2.0


American broadcaster, the first woman to co-anchor network news at a whopping salary of one-million dollars per year in 1975. She was a successful, cool and intelligent woman with a sympathetic demeanor who conversed equally well with heads of state and movie stars.

As the daughter of a vaudeville booking agent with a flamboyant personality, Barbara Walters was raised in the environment of entertainers and witnessed the opening of Boston's first Latin Quarter nightclub, which made her dad wealthy within two years. She learned at the same time that fame and money come and go. When her dad went bankrupt, she was able to help with the family finances. She had an older brother who died when she was three years old and an older sister who was born handicapped. Through their ups and downs, her family remained extremely close. After the advantage of a Sarah Lawrence education, Walters graduated with a bachelor's in English and toured the continent.

She was drawn to the news business and began work in the publicity department of WRCA-TV in New York, soon moving up to a writer-producer slot. Moving to CBS, she wrote material for talk shows. In 1961 Walters joined NBC's "Today" show as a writer, and when given air-time, she shone on camera. Her career began to soar.

She signed her lucrative one-million dollar contract in 1975 and began anchoring the ABC news in 1976. In 1984 she became an anchor on the network’s news magazine "20/20." Since 1997, she was host of her own daytime discussion show, "The View." Her casual yet probing style of asking questions stood her in good stead, giving her the clout to gain interviews with every president since Richard Nixon as well as outstanding public figures. In 1990 she was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame.

Walters married four times to three husbands. First to businessman Robert Katz on 20 June 1955. They had it annulled in less than a year, divorcing in 1958. Five years later she married theatrical producer Lee Gruber, a marriage that ended in divorce 13 years later in 1976. The couple was childless until they adopted a daughter in 1968. Walters called her daughter Jacqueline Dena "the most important thing in my life." Her third marriage was to Merv Adelson in 1981; they divorced in 1984. They remarried in 1986 and divorced for the second time on 17 August 1992 in Los Angeles, California. In late 1998 she was keeping company with Senator John W. Warner but expressed quite frankly that she had no desire to marry a fourth time.

Walters announced on 25 January 2004 that she would be stepping down from her co-host position on the popular TV news magazine "20/20." She cited her desire to have more flexibility in her schedule than the weekly show allowed, but she told The New York Times that she'd become uncomfortable with the pressure to find newsworthy interview subjects that appeal to broad audiences.

Walters’ memoir “Audition” was released in May 2008. In the book and on several talk shows, she revealed that she had an affair with Senator Edward Brooke from Massachusetts In the 1970s.

At age 80 she underwent heart valve replacement surgery on 14 May 2010 in New York City.

Barbara Walters died at her home in Manhattan on 30 December 2022 at the age of 93.

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  • associate relationship with Shepherd, Sherri (born 22 April 1967). Notes: Co-hosts on "The View," 2007–2014
  • associate relationship with Wood, Lew (born 20 October 1928). Notes: Co-anchors on "Today Show," 1975-1976
  • friend relationship with Allen, Woody (born 1 December 1935)
  • friend relationship with Brokaw, Tom (born 6 February 1940)
  • friend relationship with Krantz, Judith (born 9 January 1928). Notes: High school friends
  • lover relationship with Greenspan, Alan (born 6 March 1926). Notes: Dated in 1970s
  • lover relationship with Warner, John (born 18 February 1927)
  • spouse relationship with Adelson, Merv (born 23 October 1929). Notes: Married 1981-1984
  • role played of/by Dratch, Rachel (born 22 February 1966). Notes: TV series "30 Rock"


  • Work : New Career 1954 ("Today" show)
  • Relationship : Marriage 21 June 1955 (First husband Robert Katz)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1958 (From Robert)
  • Family : Adopted a child 1968 (Adopted a daughter)
  • Work : Contracts, agreements 1975 (Signed lucrative contract)
  • Work : New Job 4 October 1976 (Co-Anchor of "ABC Evening News")
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  • Relationship : Marriage 10 May 1986 (Third marriage Merv Adelson)
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  • Work : Prize 1990 (TV Hall of Fame)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 17 August 1992 (From Adelson)
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  • Work : End Major Project 25 January 2004 (Announced giving up her co-host role on "20/20")
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  • Social : Secrets revealed May 2008 (A love affair with then-married Edward Brooke)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released May 2008 (Memoir: "Audiiton")
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  • Health : Medical procedure May 2010 (Surgery to replace heart valve)
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Source Notes

Frances McEvoy quotes the date from B.C. and her for the time, given in an interview.

(Prior information usually gave 1931, same time. Noel Tyl in Astrology Now 4/1977 wrote "sometime in the evening, rectified to 9:44 PM EST, (1931)." PC misquoted Tyl for 10:30 PM. People magazine 8/1992 gave 1932. The biography by Jerry Oppenheimer gives 1929.)

Biography: Jerry Oppenheimer, "Barbara Walters," 1990.

Starkman rectified to 25 September 1929 6.25.56 EDT Asc 29Vir21'.


  • Traits : Personality : Articulate (Perceptive)
  • Traits : Personality : Gracious/ sociable (Intelligent, caring)
  • Traits : Personality : Principled strongly
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Valve replacement)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery
  • Family : Childhood : Family close (Extremely supportive)
  • Family : Childhood : Family supportive (Many hardships)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Brother died, sister disabled)
  • Family : Relationship : Divorce friendly (Second husband remained a friend)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage less than 3 Yrs (First husband one year)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Three plus one annulment)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Four)
  • Family : Parenting : Birthing - Miscarriages (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (Adopted one, 1968)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field ($1 million a year)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 93)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : News journalist/ Anchor (Anchorwoman, broadcaster)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality ("20/20" host)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women