She was the first woman to co-host NBC's "Today" show and the first woman to co-anchor a network news program.
Walters was born in Brookline and her father owned the Latin Quarter, a successful Boston nightclub that he later moved to New York.
Because of her father's showbiz connections, Walters grew up around performers like Milton Berle and Jackie Gleason: "Behind these fantasy figures were real people. They may have been glamorous onstage, but I saw them offstage . . . and they had problems, just like everyone else."