Barbara Walters

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Walters in 2009, photo by prphotos

Birth Name: Barbara J. Walters

Date of Birth: September 25, 1929

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Death: December 30, 2022

Place of Death: New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Barbara Walters was an American broadcast journalist, author, and television personality. A pioneer for women in broadcasting, she was a host of the shows Today, The View, 20/20, and ABC Evening News.

Her father, Louis Edward Walters, was born in Whitechapel, London, to Polish Jewish parents. He was a booking agent and theatrical producer, who founded the famed Latin Quarter nightclub in New York. Her mother, Dena (Seletsky), was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to a Russian Jewish father and a Lithuanian Jewish mother. Barbara had a daughter, who was adopted, with her former husband, theatrical producer and theatre owner Lee Guber.

Barbara’s paternal grandfather was Abraham/Abram Itzak/Isaac/Icek Waremwasser/Warmwasser/Warmwater/Abrahams/Walters (the son of Tzvi/Hersz/Zvi Getzel “Harry” Waremwasser/Warmwasser and Bina Blima/Bilma/Bluma Simkowitz/Herszkowicz). Abraham was born in Łódź, Poland. Bina was the daughter of Zvi Herszkowicz and Laya Shimkovich.

Barbara’s paternal grandmother was Lilly/Laia/Lilian/Laja/Lillie Schwartz/Szwarc/Swartz/Shwatz (the daughter of Schmuel/Shmul/Shmuel Schwatz/Szwartz and Liebe/Leiba Steinbok/Shtrainbok). Lilly was born in Zgierz, Lodzkie, Poland. Schmuel was the son of Juda Mojesz Swartz and Yudes. Liebe was the daughter of Boruch Steinbok and Roza.

Barbara’s maternal grandfather was Selig Jacob Seletsky/Zeletsky/Sholetski (the son of Daniel Seletsky and Bessie Seskind). Selig was born in Benyakoni, Russia.

Barbara’s maternal grandmother was Celia Sacovich/Sakowitz/Cohen (the daughter of Daniel Sakowitz or Asher Leib HaLevy, and of Jenny). Celia was born in Vilna, Lithuania.

Sources: Genealogies of Barbara Walters –

Barbara Walters on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage records of Barbara’s parents –

13 Responses

  1. bearboy says:

    People say Abigail Breslin strangely looks like a mix of Barbara Walters and Bearboy. If that was the case she would be 50% Ashkenazi Jewish, 25% Norwegian, 25% Irish. BTW I don’t see it plus I am younger than both of them.

  2. bearboy says:

    well to make its go down to 23 @Bearboy is having a great night! Celebrities always make my night!

  3. bearboy says:

    I never understood the 91% Ashkenazi Jewish DNA results.

    • follers says:

      Her results didn’t say “91% Ashkenazi Jewish”. The type of test she took didn’t display “Ashkenazi Jewish” as a group in general.

      • bearboy says:

        You’re right it said 91% Middle Eastern (Jewish) 9% European (non-Jewish)

        • follers says:

          That test’s “Middle Eastern” doesn’t equal “Jewish”, or else Margaret Thatcher’s daughter is 24% “Jewish”, etc.

          Anyway, I looked at the book and all the Jews tested on that season with that test had weird results like that. That’s probably why Gates stopping using that test and used 23andme in the next two seasons, and all those tests recorded Jews as being 96%-99.9% Ashkenazi.

          And…. let’s have 27 replies to this.

          • bearboy says:

            Barbara Walters looks happy in her ethnic celebs picture and that’s all that matters! Are you sure Noam Bramson has no Polish Catholic/Christian ancestry?

          • passingtime85 says:

            Follers, one of these I’m going to buy you a FamilyTreeDNA test. Then you can observe the results for yourself and see that they are just like 23andme, they just use different designations.

          • follers says:

            Every single Jewish guest on Season 1 (or their Jewish parent) – all wildly different results of “Middle Eastern” ancestry. Tested by FamilyTreeMaker.

            Every single Jewish guest on Seasons 2+3 (or their Jewish parent) – all results between 96% and 99.9% Ashkenazi. Tested by 23andme.

            Total coincidence.

            Let us have 24 more replies to this.

          • passingtime85 says:

            “And…. let’s have 27 replies to this.”

            Don’t tempt me. I’ll argue till the cows come home.

  4. passingtime85 says:


    So, you’re not going add her DNA test result of 91.02% Middle Eastern, which I’m sure they meant Ashkenazi Jewish, and the ~8% European?

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