Spotlight on Barbara Walters
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."