King during a videotaping of his Larry King Live program at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA in 2006
|Born||Lawrence Harvey Zeiger
November 19, 1933
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Anchor of Larry King Live, television personality|
|Years active||1956 – present|
|Awards||Allen H. Neuharth Award (for excellence in journalism), George Foster Peabody Award (for excellence in broadcasting), News and Documentary Emmy Award (for outstanding Interviewer), 10 CableACE awards (for best Interviewer and for best Talk Show Series), 2 Gracie Allen Awards, 2 New York Festival Awards, Unity Award, Harvard University's Mahoney Award|
Larry King (born November 19, 1933) is an American writer, journalist and broadcaster. For many years, he hosted a nightly interview program on the Cable News Network (CNN) called Larry King Live. The program ran from 1985 to 2010. It was simulcast on Westwood One radio network until 2009. Before that, he hosted a radio talk show on Mutual Radio called the Larry King Show. He has made some 40,000 interviews with politicians, athletes and entertainers. Larry King has won several awards. He now hosts a talk show called Politicking. That show is on Russia Television, an English language television network run by the Russian state.
King has stated he is liberal politically. 
King had a heart attack in 1987 and wrote two books about life with a heart disease. He founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation in 1988 to help people who have no insurance which covers the costs for recovering treatment.
Early life[change | change source]
King was born Lawrence Leibel Harvey Zeiger in Brooklyn, New York City to an Austrian immigrant father and a Belarus emigrant mother. Both were Orthodox Jews.
Personal life[change | change source]
Larry King has been married several times. His wives include:
- Freda Miller (1952–1953)
- Annette Kaye (1961)
- Alene Akins (1961–1963)
- Mickey Sutphin (1963–1967)
- Alene Akins (1967–1972)
- Sharon Lepore (1976–1983)
- Julie Alexander (1989–1992)
- Shawn Southwick (since 1997)
Sources[change | change source]
- "Midnight Snoozer". Harvard Crimson. November 22, 1982. http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1982/11/22/midnight-snoozer-pbibt-wasnt-very-long/.
- "Listeners pay close attention to late-night radio broadcast". Newspapers.com (Gettysburg Times): p. 13. March 22, 1982. http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/46222406/.