Barbara Jill Walters is an American retired broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. Walters was a working journalist from 1952 until 2015. Walters appeared as the host of numerous television programs, including Today, The View, 2020, and the ABC Evening News. In 1996, Walters was ranked No. 34 on the TV Guide \”50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time\” list.
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Barbara Jill Walters is an American retired broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. Walters appeared as the host of numerous television programs, including Today, The View, 2020, and the ABC Evening News. In 1996, Walters was ranked No. 34 on the TV Guide \”50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time\” list. In 2000, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Walters was a working journalist from 1952 until 2015. Her parents were both Jewish, and descendants of refugees from the former Russian Empire. During her childhood her father managed the Latin Quarter nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts. According to Walters, being surrounded by celebrities when she was young kept her from being in awe of them. Her elder sister, Jacqueline, was born mentally disabled and died of ovarian cancer in 1985. Walters’s father made and lost several fortunes throughout his life in show business. He was a booking agent, and unlike her uncles who were in the shoe and dress business, his job was not very safe. He also worked as a Broadway producer where he produced the Ziegfeld Follies of 1943. He imported the Folies Bergère stage show from Paris to the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he also was the Entertainment Director for the resort’s main showroom. In 1949, her father opened the New York version of the Latin quarter. As Walters recalled, he lost his night clubs and the family’s penthouse on Central Park West.
He went down to live in our house in Florida, and then the government took the house, and they took the car, andThey took the furniture. Walters attended Lawrence School, a public school in Brookline, to the middle of fifth grade, when her father moved the family to Miami Beach. After the family moved back to New York, she went to eighth grade at Ethical Fieldston School. She began producing a 15-minute children’s program, Ask the Camera, directed by Sarah Rohen. In 1951, she graduated from Lawrence College with a B. A. in English. After about a year at a small advertising agency, she began working at NBC affiliate WBT-TV in New York City, doing publicity press releases. In 1952, she married her husband, Louis Walters, and moved to Miami, Florida, where she lived with him and their two daughters. In 1954, she moved to Boston, and in 1955, she started working at the Boston Herald-Tribune as a reporter and editor. In 1956, she became the first woman to hold such a title on an American news program, the Today Show. In 1976, she continued to be a pioneer for women in broadcasting by becoming the first female co-anchor of a network evening News program, alongside Harry Reasoner on the ABC evening news program. From 1979 to 2004, Walters worked as the producer and co-host on ABC newsmagazine 2020. She also became known for an annual special aired on ABC, Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People. Her final appearance for ABC News was in 2015.
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