Barbara Walters
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Barbara Jill Walters (1929 - 2022)

Barbara Jill "Babs" Walters
Born in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married 8 Dec 1963 (to Dec 1976) [location unknown]
Wife of — married 1981 (to 1992) [location unknown]
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Died at age 93 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Jul 2014 | Last significant change: 10 Jan 2023
02:31: Elaine (Weatherall) Martzen edited the Biography for Barbara Jill Walters (1929-2022). (added Jewish Roots category) [Thank Elaine for this]
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Barbara Walters was a pioneering American broadcaster who was the first woman to anchor an evening news show in the United States, journalist, author, and television personality. A winner of 12 Emmy Awards, she began her career in 1961 on NBC's "Today" show. She retired in 2014 from ABC's "The View".[1] [2]

Barbara Jill Walters was born on 25 September 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Louis "Lou" Walters (born Louis Abrahams) and Dena Seletsky. Her father worked in the night club business and had some shady connections, which led from the family rubbing elbows with rich and famous folks, causing Barbara to avoid much of the awe that suspends some new journalists, as she was used to being around them. Her father's activity caught up with him, and the family was stripped of much of its wealth, ending in Lou moving them to one of their homes in Florida, and then back and forth between New York and Miami Beach. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York in 1953 with an English degree.[2]

Barbara's first husband was Robert Henry Katz on June 20, 1955 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The marriage was annulled eleven months later.[2]

December 8, 1963, she married Lee Gruber. They divorced in 1976. They were unable to have children together, despite trying, and instead adopted a daughter, which they named for Barbara's sister.[2]

Barbara married Merv Adelson, co-founder of Lorimar Productions, in 1981, and then divorced in 1984. They remarried in 1986 and divorced again in 1992[3][2]

Barbara was known for her ability to show a full picture of the person she was interviewling through the use of quirky questions, like in the case of her tree question with Katherine Hepburn. She also hit harder topics straight on, as in the questioning of Fidel Castro on his severe regime and Monica Lewinsky on her presidential affair. Because of this, she was well-respected and was able to procure interviews many others were unable to obtain, both with heroes and villaines alike.[2]

Barbara died at her home in Manhattan, New York December 30, 2022.[2]


  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Wikipedia contributors, "Barbara Walters," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed January 9, 2023).

See also:

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  • "Barbara Walters and Geoffrey Canada," Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Season 1, Episode 3). PBS. 01 Apr 2012.
  • CNN Obituary
  • Memorial: Find a Grave (has image)
    Find A Grave: Memorial #247913679 (accessed 4 January 2023)
    Memorial page for Barbara Walters Famous memorial (25 Sep 1929-30 Dec 2022); Maintained by Find a Grave.

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can you please open this profile as she has just passed away and it would be nice to see some of ancestors added ? Thanks
posted by N Gauthier
Above link doesn’t work. You can see where it breaks.

Found this family tree for her:

posted by Deborah Barrone
Found this family tree for her:
posted by Charlotte Shockey

Rejected matches › Barbara J. Unknown (abt.1927-)