Frank Langella Gave Barbara Walters Chickenpox in New Year Kiss

Wednesday, 06 Mar 2013 10:53 AM

By Michael Mullins

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Barbara Walters returned to "The View" Tuesday to the cheers of her adoring fans, where she revealed the source of her chickenpox was actor Frank Langella.

"Today after a lot of scratching and rest, I am fine and I am healthy," Walters said, lifting her bangs to show off scars from the pox and a fall she took.

Walters, who was absent from the show for six weeks because of the infection, told the audience that while visiting a friend in Florida, she met Langella, who gave her a New Year's hug and kiss.

Urgent: High Gas Prices: Is it Obama's Fault? Vote Now

Unbeknownst to Langella, Walters said, he was "about to develop a bad case of the shingles."

Shingles, a painful, blistering skin rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus, is contagious and can give someone chickenpox if they have never had it.

At the time of the embrace, Walters, 83, never had chickenpox.

Chickenpox, which is much more serious for adults than it is for children, can be deadly in some cases.

At President Barack Obama's inauguration, Walters said, she began to feel the onset of the illness while covering the event.

During a visit with Sir Peter Westmacott, Britain's ambassador to the U.S., before the inauguration, Walters said she fainted while walking down a set of marble stairs, hitting her head in the process.

The talk show host was subsequently taken to Georgetown University Hospital where doctors treated the gash on her forehead and told her that she had contracted chickenpox.

At first, she didn't want to call out Langella for giving her the illness, but she later admitted it to co-host Joy Behar.

Obamacare: Massive New Rules Revealed for 2013

In 2009, the New York Post reported that Walters was intimately involved with Langella.

Walters, who has denied the relationship, laughed off the claim with co-host Whoopi Goldberg, who also dated the actor years ago.

Walters is presently single after being married four times to three men.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

JaVale McGee Scores With Fan While Chasing Ball (Video)

Monday, 24 Nov 2014 11:27 AM

JaVale McGee of the Denver Nuggets didn't get the loose ball he was chasing down against the New Orleans Pelicans, but h . . .

California Bus Crash - Its 2nd of the Day - Kills 1 and Injures 30

Monday, 24 Nov 2014 10:49 AM

A 33-year-old man was killed and 30 others injured when a tour bus drifted off a Northern California interstate and cras . . .

Security Breach: San Jose Airport Chase Ends in Arrest

Monday, 24 Nov 2014 10:38 AM

A security breach at the San Jose airport in which a man broke into the tarmac area has authorities asking how secure th . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved