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Barbara Walters

Walters in New York City, June 2011
Born (1929-09-25) September 25, 1929 (age 87)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Journalist
Years active 1959–present
Notable credit(s)

Today
co-anchor (1962–76)
ABC Evening News
co-anchor (1976–78)
20/20
co-anchor (1979–2004)
The View
creator/co-host (1997–2014)
executive producer (1997–2015; 2016–present)

Salary $12 million (2007)[1]
Spouse(s)

Robert Henry Katz (m. 1955; annulled 1957)
Lee Guber (m. 1963; div. 1976)
Merv Adelson (m. 1981; div. 1984); (m. 1986; div. 1992)

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One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.
I also found that for myself, since I've had no religious education, it was so interesting to see the different versions of heaven and what life on earth means.
Barbara Walters
And I really do believe that the most important thing is the way you live your life on earth. But I think it's enormously comforting to believe that you're going to see your loved ones.
Barbara Walters
I regret not having more children. I would have loved to have had a bigger family.
Barbara Walters
If it's a woman, it's caustic; if it's a man, it's authoritative.
Barbara Walters
I found it interesting that as people become more technically oriented all over the world, at the same time people are becoming increasingly spiritual. The success of the Da Vinci code – even though it was a great yawn – also showed people's interest in religion.
Barbara Walters
Show me someone who never gossips, and I will show you someone who is not interested in people.
Barbara Walters
Although I myself don't go to church or synagogue, I do, whether it's superstition or whatever, pray every time I get on a plane. I just automatically do it. I say the same thing every time.
Barbara Walters
I didn't have a very religious family.
If the interview was done in the studio, Frank McGee would automatically do it. But if I went out and got it, then the interview was mine. So I was considered a pushy cookie, because I would get the interview.
Barbara Walters
When you're interviewing someone, you're in control. When you're being interviewed, you think you're in control, but you're not.
Barbara Walters
I was the kind nobody thought could make it. I had a funny Boston accent. I couldn't pronounce my R's. I wasn't a beauty.
Barbara Walters
Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do.
Barbara Walters
I find very often people like to confront rumors. It depends on how much they trust you. And you have to have a line between what is tasteful and what isn't.
Barbara Walters
A man cannot be made comfortable without his own approval.
Before we had airplanes and astronauts, we really thought that there was an actual place beyond the clouds, somewhere over the rainbow. There was an actual place, and we could go above the clouds and find it there.
Barbara Walters
I don't know about you, but I can never get enough David Letterman.
Don't confuse being stimulating with being blunt.
Deep breaths are very helpful at shallow parties.
No one could ad lib like Peter. You would think that it was all scripted, he was so poetic, but it wasn't.
Barbara Walters
First of all, the Jewish religion has a great deal in common with the Christian religion because, as Rabbi Gillman points out in the show, Christianity is based on Judaism. Christ was Jewish.
Barbara Walters
All of the religions – with the exception of Tibetan Buddhism, which doesn't believe in a heaven – teach that heaven is a better place. At the end of the program, I say that heaven is a place where you are happy. All of the religions have that in common.
Barbara Walters
Most of us have trouble juggling. The woman who says she doesn't is someone whom I admire but have never met.
Barbara Walters
The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it's also full of fourth-rate readers.
Barbara Walters
A great many people think that polysyllables are a sign of intelligence.
Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna – or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out.
Barbara Walters
I'm a wonderful editor. That's what I do best. I know exactly what I want. If I have to decide whether to wear the red dress or the blue dress or what should I have said, I am constantly changing my mind.
Barbara Walters
It would be nice to feel that we are a better world, a world of more compassion and a world of more humanity, and to believe in the basic goodness of man.
Barbara Walters
To feel valued, to know, even if only once in a while, that you can do a job well is an absolutely marvelous feeling.
Barbara Walters
But for Muslims, everything that they don't have on earth is what they get in heaven. They can drink, they can have sex. All of the forbidden pleasures on earth, you can have in paradise.
Barbara Walters
Because there are so many shows on and because I've been so hands-on – I've had a piece on almost every single week – I don't know how to cut back on that. You really can't.
Barbara Walters
Wait for those unguarded moments. Relax the mood and, like the child dropping off to sleep, the subject often reveals his truest self.
Barbara Walters
Motherhood is tough. If you just want a wonderful little creature to love, you can get a puppy.
Barbara Walters
I can get a better grasp of what is going on in the world from one good Washington dinner party than from all the background information NBC piles on my desk.
Barbara Walters

One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.
The sports page records people's accomplishments, the front page usually records nothing, but man's failures.
Barbara Walters
To not sing with an orchestra, to not be able to communicate through my voice, which I've done all my life, and not to be able to phrase lyrics and give people that kind of joy, I think I would be totally devastated.
Barbara Walters
Most attractive males talk to most attractive women as if they were Rotarians comparing sales percentages in Des Moines.
Barbara Walters
I have affected the way women are regarded, and that's important to me.
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