Robert Henry Katz, Robert Henry Katz (business executive, 20-Jun-55 – 1958, annulled), Lee Guber (theater impresario, 8-Dec-63 – Dec -1976), Merv Adelson (CEO of Lorimar Television, 10-May-86 – Aug-92)
Walters has been married four times to three different men. “I’m convinced that you stay married when the sex is bad, only because you really want to be,” she told The New York Times in 1996. “But I always had an out. I had this job, and this life and enough money. I didn’t have to fight the bad days.” Her husbands were:
She dated gay lawyer Roy Cohn in college, and the lawyer said that he proposed marriage to Walters the night before her wedding to Lee Guber, but Walters denied this. She explained her lifelong devotion to Cohn as gratitude for his help in her adoption of her daughter, Jacqueline. In her autobiography, Walters says that Cohn got her father’s warrant for “failure to appear” dismissed.
Walters dated future U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan in the 1970s, and was linked romantically to United States Senator John Warner in the 1990s.
In Walters’s autobiography, Audition, she claimed that she had an affair in the 1970s with Edward Brooke, then a married United States Senator from Massachusetts. It is not clear whether Walters also was married at the time. Walters said that the affair ended to protect their careers from scandal.
She announced on the May 10, 2010 episode of The View, that she would be undergoing open heart surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve. Walters added that she knew for quite a while that she was suffering from aortic valve stenosis, even though she was symptom-free. The procedure to fix the faulty heart valve “went well, and the doctors are very pleased with the outcome,” Walters’ spokeswoman, Cindi Berger, said in a statement on May 14, 2010.
On July 9, 2010, it was announced that Walters would return to The View and her Sirius XM satellite show Here’s Barbara in September 2010.
Walters has been close friends with Fox News head Roger Ailes since the late 1960s.