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Larry King

Television and Radio Host
Born Nov 19, 1933

Larry King is an American television and radio host whose work has been recognized with awards including two Peabodys and ten Cable ACE Awards. He began as a local Florida journalist and radio interviewer in the 1950s and 1960s and became prominent as an all-night national radio broadcaster starting in 1978. From 1985–2010, he hosted the nightly interview TV program Larry King Live on CNN.… Read More

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1933 Birth Larry King was born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger on November 19, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, to an Austrian immigrant, Edward Jonaton Zeiger, a restaurant owner and defense-plant worker, and his wife, Jennie (Gitlitz), a garment worker who emigrated from Belarus. … Read More


1951 17 Years Old King has been married eight times, to seven women. He married high-school sweetheart Freda Miller in 1951 at age 18. … Read More


1957 23 Years Old His first broadcast was on May 1, 1957, when he worked as the disc jockey from 9 a.m. to noon. … Read More
1960 26 Years Old His Miami radio show launched him to local stardom. A few years later, in May 1960, he hosted Miami Undercover, airing Sunday nights at 11:30 p.m. on WPST-TV Channel 10 (now WPLG). … Read More
1961 27 Years Old 1 More Event
King was later briefly married to Annette Kaye who gave birth to his son, Larry Jr., in November 1961. … Read More
1963 29 Years Old In 1963, King married his fourth wife, Mary Francis "Mickey" Stuphin, who divorced King.


1969 35 Years Old He remarried Akins, with whom he had a second child, Chaia, in 1969. The couple divorced a second time in 1972.
1970 36 Years Old During this period, WIOD gave King further exposure as a color commentator for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League, during their 1970 season and most of their 1971 season.
1971 37 Years Old However, he was dismissed by both WIOD and television station WTVJ as a late-night radio host and sports commentator as of December 20, 1971, when he was arrested after being accused of grand larceny by a former business partner. … Read More
1972 38 Years Old The charges were dropped on March 10, 1972, and King spent the next several years reviving his career, including a stint as the color announcer in Louisiana for the Shreveport Steamer of the World Football League in 1974–75 on KWKH. … Read More


1976 42 Years Old On September 25, 1976, King married his fifth wife, math teacher and production assistant Sharon Lepore. The couple divorced in 1983. … Read More
1978 44 Years Old On January 30, 1978, King went national on a nightly Mutual Broadcasting System coast-to-coast broadcast, inheriting the talk show slot that had been "Long John" Nebel's until his death, and had been pioneered by Herb Jepko. … Read More
1982 48 Years Old King also wrote a regular newspaper column in USA Today for almost 20 years, from shortly after that newspaper's origin in 1982 until September 2001. … Read More


1985 51 Years Old He started his Larry King Live CNN show in June 1985, hosting a broad range of guests from controversial figures of UFO conspiracy theories and alleged psychics, to prominent politicians and leading figures in the entertainment industry, often doing their first or only interview on breaking news stories on his show. … Read More
1987 53 Years Old On February 24, 1987, King suffered a major heart attack and then had quintuple-bypass surgery. … Read More
1989 55 Years Old Alexander became King's sixth wife on October 7, 1989, when the two were married in Washington, D.C. The couple lived in different cities, however, with Alexander in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and King in Washington, D.C., where he worked. They separated in 1990 and divorced in 1992.
1990 56 Years Old 1 More Event
On September 10, 1990, while on The Joan Rivers Show, Rivers asked King which contestant in the Miss America pageant was "the ugliest." … Read More


1995 61 Years Old He became engaged to actress Deanna Lund in 1995, after five weeks of dating, but they remained unmarried.
In 1997, King was one of 34 celebrities to sign an open letter to then-German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, published as a newspaper advertisement in the International Herald Tribune, which protested the treatment of Scientologists in Germany, comparing it to the Nazis' oppression of Jews in the 1930s. … Read More
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2009 75 Years Old In July 2009, King appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, where he told host O'Brien about his wishes to be cryonically preserved upon death, as he had revealed in his book My Remarkable Journey.
2010 76 Years Old On April 14, 2010, both Larry and Shawn King filed for divorce, but have since stopped the proceedings.
2011 77 Years Old In December 2011, preceding a CNN Special on the topic, the Kings had a special dinner with friends Conan O'Brien, Tyra Banks, Shaquille O'Neal, Seth MacFarlane, Jack Dorsey, Quincy Jones, and Russell Brand where his intent to do so was reiterated, among other topics that were discussed. … Read More
2012 78 Years Old On October 23, 2012, King hosted the third-party presidential debate on Ora TV, featuring Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson, Virgil Goode, and Gary Johnson. … Read More
King stated in early March 2014, during the 2014 Crimean crisis, "I don't work for RT. … Read More
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