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Barbara Walters Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 1:17 PM EDT, Mon April 14, 2014

(CNN) -- Here's a look at Barbara Walters's life.

Birth date: September 25, 1929 (some sources say 1931)

Birth place: Boston, Massachusetts

Birth name: Barbara Jill Walters

Father: Lou Walters, a theater producer

Mother: Dena (Selett) Walters

Marriages: Merv Adelson, (1986-1992, divorced); Lee Guber, (1963-1976, divorced); Robert Henry Katz, (1955-1958, divorced)

Children: Adopted with Lee Guber: Jackie, 1968

Education: Sarah Lawrence College, B.A., 1953

Other Facts:
Walters has interviewed every U.S. president and first lady since Richard and Pat Nixon through Barack and Michelle Obama.

Other notable interviews include Fidel Castro, a joint interview with Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Michael Jackson, and Monica Lewinsky.

Nominated for 27 Daytime Emmy Awards and won four times.

Nominated for 20 News and Documentary Emmy Awards and won eight times.

Nominated for 12 Primetime Emmys and won one time.

1961-1974 - Reporter, writer, and panel member on NBC's "The Today Show."

1974-1976 - Co-hosts "The Today Show."

1975 - Wins a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety Series for "Today."

1976-present - Host of "The Barbara Walters Specials." "10 Most Fascinating People" has become a regular year-end program.

1976-1978 - Becomes the first female to co-anchor "ABC World News Tonight" for an unprecedented salary of $1 million a year.

1983 - Wins a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series for "The Barbara Walters Specials."

1984-2004 - Co-host and chief correspondent for ABC's "20/20." She gives up her regular spot on the show in September 2004 but continues to report on occasion.

January 7, 1990 - Is inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

1996 - Wins a Peabody award for the "20/20" episode, "The Journey of Christopher Reeve.

1997-present - Co-host of "The View". She is also the co-owner and co-producer.

2000 - Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Daytime Television.

2003 - Wins a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show (Executive Producer) for "The View."

June 14, 2007 - Receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

May 2008 - Reveals that she had an affair with married U.S. Senator Edward Brooke for several years in the 1970s.

2009 - Wins a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host for "The View."

September 21, 2009 - Receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

May 2010 - Undergoes heart surgery to repair a valve.

January 19, 2013 - Is hospitalized after falling on a stair while visiting the British ambassador's residence, leaving her with a cut on her forehead.

May 13, 2013 - Announces on "The View" that she will retire from TV journalism in summer 2014.

April 7, 2014 - Announces that her final co-hosting of "The View" will be May 16.