Larry King

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Larry King
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King in March 2017
Lawrence Harvey Zeiger

(1933-11-19) November 19, 1933 (age 87)
OccupationAnchor of Larry King Live, television personality
Years active1956 – present
AwardsAllen 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.[1] Before that, he hosted a radio talk show on Mutual Radio called the Larry King Show.[2][3] He has made some 40,000 interviews with politicians, athletes and entertainers. Larry King has won several awards.[4][5][6] He now hosts a talk show called Politicking. That show is on Russia Television, an English language television network run by the Russian state.[7]

His first show of Larry King Live was in 1985. He has had an interview with every President of the United States since Gerald Ford.

King has stated he is liberal politically.[8]

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 cover the costs of treatment.

Early life[change | change source]

King was born Lawrence Leibel Harvey Zeiger in Brooklyn, New York City to immigrant parents. His father was from Austria and his mother was from Belarus. Both parents were Orthodox Jews.

Personal life[change | change source]

Larry King has been married eight times.[9] 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)

On December 22, 2020 King was hospitalized in Los Angeles with COVID-19.[10]

Sources[change | change source]

  1. "Westwood One Ends Larry King Radio Simulcast". TV Newser. AdWeek. 14 December 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  2. "Midnight Snoozer". Harvard Crimson. November 22, 1982.
  3. "Listeners pay close attention to late-night radio broadcast". Gettysburg Times. March 22, 1982. p. 13.
  4. "Politicking: Larry King talks NSA scandal fallout". Russian Television Question More. Autonomous Nonprofit Organization “TV-Novosti”. 14 Jun, 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2017. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. "The Larry King Show". The Peabody Awards. The Peabody Awards. 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  6. "Larry King Live Election Coverage 1992". The Peabody Awards. The Peabody Awards. 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  7. "Politicking: Larry King talks NSA scandal fallout". RT Question More. Autonomous Nonprofit Organization “TV-Novosti”. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  8. "Larry King Reveals He's Liberal In Autobiography". The Huffington Post. The Huffington Post. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  9. "Larry King's 7 Wives A Complete List with Photos and Brief Bios". 15 April 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  10. "Larry King Is Hospitalized With Coronavirus". NBC Bay Area. Archived from the original on January 3, 2021. Retrieved 2021-01-02.

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