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In her memoir, Barbara reveals details of her professional relationships, as well as her closely guarded personal life. Over the years, she's made a name for herself as a successful journalist, but she admits she hasn't had the same success with marriage.

Since the '50s, Barbara has been married and divorced three times. She says every time she said "I do," she did so with a heavy heart.

Barbara was 23 when she married her first husband, Robert Katz, in 1958. "All my friends were married. I'd graduated from college," she says. "I knew I didn't want to get married, but it was time."

The marriage didn't last long. In fact, Barbara says years later, a man said hello to her on the streets of New York City, and it took her a few moments to realize who he was. "I thought, 'He looks familiar,'" she says. "Then I thought, 'That was my first husband. I knew I'd seen him somewhere.'"

In 1963, Barbara married theater producer Lee Guber. Their wedding came just two weeks after President John F. Kennedy's assassination. She says a lot of people got married at that time because they realized life is short and the future is uncertain. During their 13-year marriage, Barbara says she suffered three miscarriages. Eventually, the couple decided to adopt a daughter, Jackie.

After their divorce in 1976, Barbara waited 10 years before marrying her third and final husband, Merv Adelson, the CEO of Lorimar Television. "Both times I thought, 'I don't think this is going to work,' but without going into every detail, they were wonderful men," she says. "I don't regret any of them, but I didn't have six [marriages], and I haven't had another one."

Barbara says she'll never marry again. "I guess I'm not very good at marriage."
FROM: Barbara Walters' New Revelations
Published on November 24, 2008


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