Larry King
American television and radio host
Larry King
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.
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Roseanne on being rich and famous (1996)
CNN - 17 days
During a 1996 interview with CNN's Larry King, Roseanne discusses the final season of her eponymous hit sitcom and what it's like to be rich and successful.
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Alibaba not interested in acquisitions, more interested in partnerships
Yahoo News - about 1 month
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - China's Alibaba is not interested in acquisitions this year as it is in partnerships, Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma said on Thursday. "I am not interested in acquisitions. I am more interested in partnerships," Ma said at a news conference on Alibaba's Olympic sponsorship deal, when he asked about his company's plans for the year. "We want to look for partners and empower them to be powerful," he said. (This version of the story corrects word in lead to 'not') (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Larry King)
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Conway and Korman's lives in comedy (2002)
CNN - 2 months
In a 2002 interview with CNN's Larry King, Tim Conway and Harvey Korman talk about their long careers in comedy that includes working with the likes of Carol Burnett and Mel Brooks.
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1871 boss urged Rahm to adopt puppy, see Cubs game with Larry King: emails
Chicago Times - 2 months
It's a cliche of lazy Hollywood scriptwriters: If you want to make someone look like a nice guy, have him pet a dog. And yet Mayor Rahm Emanuel — who has worked hard to give himself a more cuddly persona — has so far turned down the offer of a warm puppy, according to his pal, 1871 CEO Howard Tullman. ...
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Celebrities Remember Zsa Zsa Gabor With Touching Notes On Social Media
Huffington Post - 2 months
On Sunday, actress and glamour icon Zsa Zsa Gabor died at age 99. Upon hearing the sad news, celebrities flocked to Twitter to share their condolences and words of remembrance. Stars including Miley Cyrus, Larry King and Paris Hilton, whose great-grandfather Conrad Hilton was once married to Gabor, all shared touching notes online. “Sad to hear the news of Zsa Zsa Gabor’s passing. My great grandfather and her made such a beautiful couple. May she rest in peace,” wrote Paris, while King posted, “There will only be one Zsa Zsa Gabor. And, I liked her a lot. Rest In Peace, my dear.”  See more celebrity reactions below:  Zsa Zsa!!!!! What a LONG & beautiful life! I have been beyond inspired by your style & grace! We LOVE & MISS YOU! #99 #ZsaZsa pic.twitter.com/TfTAAy7S3v — Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) December 19, 2016 #ZsaZsa #RIP — Andy Cohen (@Andy) December 18, 2016 Goodbye Zsa Zsa https://t.co/jcFFWO43ME via @ ...
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Celebrities React To News Of Alan Thicke's Untimely Death
Huffington Post - 3 months
Alan Thicke, beloved TV actor and star of “Growing Pains,” died on Tuesday after reportedly suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his son Carter. He was 69.  Thicke’s agent, Tracy Mapes, confirmed his death to The Huffington Post. “He was charming, witty, talented, an icon,” Mapes said in a statement. “I was so blessed to have him in my life. Today is a very sad day.” Celebrities who knew and loved Alan took to Twitter to remember the actor and share their condolences.  His former daughter-in-law, Paula Patton, who was married to his son Robin Thicke, shared a quote attributed to Mother Teresa shortly after the news broke:  ❤️ pic.twitter.com/g0fknOd1JR — Paula Patton (@PaulaPattonXO) December 14, 2016 See more celebrity remembrances below:  I'm sad beyond words that Alan Thicke has passed away. I've known you since I was 8 years old… https://t.co/GLXSTK1nd7 — Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) December 14, 2016 ...
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Ari Fleischer's Perfect GOP Vote-Getting Ploy: Slam The 'Biased' News Media
Huffington Post - 3 months
Republican politicians, here is the perfect playbook to winning conservative hearts, penned by Ari Fleischer, who was George W. Bush's press secretary. It's all about media baiting, and he has provided you with best template for it, in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal on Monday. The article is disingenuous as hell, but who cares? Fleischer forecasts "a clash" coming between the new administration and the White House press corps, which he depicts as a smug, entitled bunch of liberal miscreants who are out to get poor Donald Trump. Left unmentioned is Trump's very clear flaws that the public needs to know about. Like his thin-skinned rage toward anyone who doesn't toe his line. Like his sometime bizarre actions. Like his conflicts of interest. How dare the media call him to account? They need to know their place. Shrewdly, Trump understands that there is no more sure-fire way to whip up a GOP crowd than to tar the news media as a clearly identifiable villain. At campai ...
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Report On Journalists' Political Donations Has Dishonestly Broad Definition Of 'Journalist'
Huffington Post - 4 months
The Center for Public Integrity has issued a report claiming to detail how "journalists" have donated to Hillary Clinton's campaign far more than to Donald Trump's. Needless to say, the right-wing media jumped right on it because it reaffirms the longstanding "liberal media" narrative conservative have been pushing for decades. For example, the headline at the Media Research Center's NewsBusters blog screamed "TILT: Study of Journalist Donations for President Find More Than 96 Percent Went to Hillary Clinton." But if you read the report closely -- which the right-wing media has no interest in doing -- it's obvious that CPI is using an overly broad definition of "journalist." The star finding, usually cited in right-wing stories on the report, is that former ABC anchor Carole Simpson has donated $2,800 to Clinton. What CPI doesn't make clear: Simpson left ABC in 2006 and currently works as a college professor. Insisting that Simpson continue to be held to the standards of a job she ...
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Trump on 1989 Central Park 5: "Maybe hate is what we need"
CNN - 5 months
In an interview with Larry King in 1989 unearthed from CNN's archives, Trump laid out his position on the case, telling King, "maybe hate is what we need if we're gonna get something done."
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Promising a Better Future, Delivering a Better Present
Huffington Post - 5 months
The British ocean liner R.M.S. Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine on May 7, 1915. As people rushed to the lifeboats, a woman passenger asked the captain what to do. The captain, according to Erik Larson's book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, replied, "Stay right where you are, Madam, she's all right." That passenger, or another like her, shouted "The Captain says the boat will not sink." The other passengers cheered and went back to their cabins - and to their deaths. 1,198 of the 1,959 passengers aboard the Lusitania died. Perhaps Captain Turner really believed his magnificent ship could not be sunk by a single German torpedo, or perhaps he was trying to prevent a deadly stampede. Either way it was a false hope he offered to the Lusitania's passengers, a false hope that may have killed hundreds. False hope is not limited to disaster scenarios. In a feature for The New York Times Magazine, Mark Lebovich writes that talk-show host Larry King intends to ...
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Mediator: Larry King, the Russian Media and a Partisan Landscape
NYTimes - 5 months
The presence of the cable talk show hosts Larry King and Ed Schultz on the United States feed of Russia Today, the satellite media organization funded by the Russian government, has raised eyebrows.
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Larry King Contradicts The Trump Campaign And Doesn't Believe Trump Thought He Was Doing A Podcast
Yahoo News - 6 months
Donald Trump and Larry King are buds. Presumably if Trump takes the White House, he’ll have someone (the BEST someone) sort out if something is on RT (a.k.a. The Trump camp has been working damage control in response to the Politicking interview, claiming they only believed the chat was for Larry King’s podcast.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Larry King
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 82
    On 8 September 2016, Larry King did an interview with Donald Trump.
    More Details Hide Details During the interview, Donald Trump criticized Barack Obama and America’s media, lashing out against what he called "the dishonesty of the media" Later on, President Obama strongly criticized Trump for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin and for appearing on a TV channel funded by the Russian government. Larry King remains active as a writer and television personality. King was the moderator of the sixth Kazenergy Eurasian Forum in Astana, Kazakhstan, an annual forum for Kazakhstan's energy sector occurring in October 2011. King also guest starred in episodes of 30 Rock and Gravity Falls. He also had cameos in Ghostbusters and Bee Movie. King also voiced Doris the Ugly Stepsister in Shrek 2 and its sequels. King hosted the educational television series In View with Larry King from 2013 to 2015, which was carried on cable television networks including Fox Business Network and Discovery and produced by The Profiles Series production company.
    The Russian alignment of RT was widely noted in coverage of an interview King did with Republican Party Presidential candidate Donald Trump on September 8, 2016, in which Trump extended his praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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  • 2015
    Age 81
    King related his heart attack experience in a film interview in the 2015 British documentary film The Widowmaker which discusses cardiology diagnostic tests.
    More Details Hide Details On February 12, 2010, King revealed that he had undergone surgery five weeks earlier to place stents in his coronary artery to remove plaque from his heart. During the segment on Larry King Live which discussed Bill Clinton's similar procedure, King said he was "feeling great" and had been in the hospital for just one day. King has received many broadcasting awards. He won the Peabody Award for Excellence in broadcasting for both his radio (1982) and television (1992) shows. He has also won 10 CableACE awards for Best Interviewer and for Best Talk Show Series.
  • 2014
    Age 80
    On November 18, 2014, a day before turning 81, King was interviewed by Jesse Ventura for his We The People podcast.
    More Details Hide Details When asked what kept him up at night, King said it was thinking about never waking up again. He said he "really fears death" and contemplates it often before sleeping, which Ventura advised against for its inevitability. King unenthusiastically agreed, "Yeah." When asked what he'd like his legacy to be, King, referring to himself, said "His life led to more people having information that they didn't have before, and he taught us a lot and we learned a lot and enjoyed it at the same time. He brought a great deal of pride to his business."
    For his part, King stated in early March 2014, during the 2014 Crimean crisis, "I don't work for RT.
    More Details Hide Details My podcasts, Larry King Now and Politicking, are licensed for a fee to RT America by New York-based Ora TV."
  • 2012
    Age 78
    On October 23, 2012, King hosted the third-party presidential debate on Ora TV, featuring Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson, Virgil Goode, and Gary Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details On January 16, 2013, Ora TV celebrated their 100th episode of Larry King Now. In May 2013 RT America announced that King would be anchoring a new talk show on its network. King said in an advertisement on RT: "I would rather ask questions to people in positions of power, instead of speaking on their behalf." He also is bringing his Hulu show Larry King Now to RT. RT America is established as a non-profit organization and is funded by the Russian government. While claiming autonomy RT has been criticized as being a propaganda outlet for the Russian government and its foreign policy by news reporters, including former RT reporters. RT has also been accused of spreading disinformation. The United Kingdom media regulator, Ofcom, has repeatedly found RT to have breached rules on impartiality, and of broadcasting "materially misleading" content.
  • 2011
    Age 77
    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.
    More Details Hide Details King has stated that his interest in cryonics is partly due to not believing in an afterlife or a higher power. King says that he's an atheist, and that he doubts religious claims, in part because of human suffering from natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina.
  • 2010
    Age 76
    On April 14, 2010, both Larry and Shawn King filed for divorce, but have since stopped the proceedings.
    More Details Hide Details King resides in Beverly Hills, California. He is an atheist.
  • 2009
    Age 75
    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 73
    King is the first recipient of the Arizona State University Hugh Downs Award for Communication Excellence, presented April 11, 2007, via satellite by Downs himself.
    More Details Hide Details Downs sported red suspenders for the event and turned the tables on King by asking "very tough questions" about King's best, worst and most influential interviews during King's 50 years in broadcasting. King was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Bradley University; for which he said "is really a hoot." King has received numerous honorary degrees from institutions as George Washington University, the Columbia School of Medicine, among others. In 2003, King was named as recipient of the Snuffed Candle Award by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry's Council for Media Integrity. King received this award for '"encouraging credulity (and) presenting pseudoscience as genuine'".
  • 2006
    Age 72
    King is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills. He is also a recipient of the President's Award honoring his impact on media from the Los Angeles Press Club in 2006.
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  • 1998
    Age 64
    In June 1998, he received an honorary degree from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, for his life achievements.
    More Details Hide Details He was given the Golden Mike Award for Lifetime Achievement in January 2009, by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California.
  • 1997
    Age 63
    In 1997, he married his seventh wife, Shawn Southwick, born in 1959 as Shawn Ora Engemann, a singer, actress, and TV host, in King's Los Angeles, California, hospital room three days before King underwent heart surgery to clear a clogged blood vessel.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have two children: Chance, born March 1999, and Cannon, born May 2000. He is stepfather to Arena Football League quarterback Danny Southwick. On King and Southwick's 10th anniversary in September 2007, Southwick joked she was "the only wife to have lasted into the two digits".
  • 1995
    Age 61
    He became engaged to actress Deanna Lund in 1995, after five weeks of dating, but they remained unmarried.
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  • 1994
    Age 60
    In 1994, King received the Scopus Award from the American Friends of Hebrew University.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1989
    Age 55
    In 1989, King was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, and in 1996 to the Broadcasters' Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002, the industry publication Talkers Magazine named King both the fourth-greatest radio talk show host of all time and the top television talk show host of all time.
    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.
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    King met businesswoman Julie Alexander in 1989, and proposed to her on the couple's first date on August 1, 1989.
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  • 1987
    Age 53
    On February 24, 1987, King suffered a major heart attack and then had quintuple-bypass surgery.
    More Details Hide Details Since then, King has written two books about living with heart disease. Mr. King, You're Having a Heart Attack: How a Heart Attack and Bypass Surgery Changed My Life (1989, ISBN 0-440-50039-7) was written with New York's Newsday science editor B. D. Colen. Taking On Heart Disease: Famous Personalities Recall How They Triumphed over the Nation's #1 Killer and How You Can, Too (2004, ISBN 1-57954-820-2) features the experience of various celebrities with cardiovascular disease including Peggy Fleming and Regis Philbin.
  • 1985
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After doing his CNN show from 9 to 10 p.m., King would then travel to his Mutual Radio office to do his radio show, when both shows still aired. Unlike many interviewers, King has a direct, non-confrontational approach. His reputation for asking easy, open-ended questions has made him attractive to important figures who want to state their position while avoiding being challenged on contentious topics. King has said that when interviewing authors, he does not read their books in advance, so that he will not know more than his audience. Throughout his career King has interviewed many of the leading figures of his time. According to CNN, King has performed more than 30,000 interviews in his career. 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. The column consisted of short "plugs, superlatives and dropped names" but was dropped when the newspaper redesigned its "Life" section. The column was resurrected in blog form in November 2008 and on Twitter in April 2009.
  • FORTIES
  • 1976
    Age 42
    On September 25, 1976, King married his fifth wife, mathematics teacher and production assistant Sharon Lepore. The couple divorced in 1983.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1969
    Age 35
    He remarried Akins, with whom he had a second child, Chaia, in 1969. The couple divorced a second time in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, Dove Books published a book written by King and Chaia, Daddy Day, Daughter Day. Aimed at young children, it tells each of their accounts of his divorce from Akins.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1963
    Age 29
    In 1963, King married his fourth wife, Mary Francis "Mickey" Stuphin, who divorced King.
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  • 1962
    Age 28
    King adopted Alene's son Andy in 1962, and divorced the following year.
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  • 1961
    Age 27
    In 1961, King married his third wife, Alene Akins, a Playboy Bunny at one of the magazine's eponymous nightclubs.
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    King was later briefly married to Annette Kaye who gave birth to his son, Larry Jr., in November 1961.
    More Details Hide Details King did not meet Larry Jr. until the son was in his thirties. Larry Jr. and his wife, Shannon, have three children.
  • 1960
    Age 26
    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).
    More Details Hide Details On the show, he moderated debates on important issues of the time. King credits his success on local television to the assistance of comedian Jackie Gleason, whose national television variety show was being filmed in Miami Beach during this period. "That show really took off because Gleason came to Miami," King said in a 1996 interview he gave when inducted into the Broadcasters' Hall of Fame. "He did that show and stayed all night with me. We stayed till five in the morning. He didn't like the set, so we broke into the general manager's office and changed the set. Gleason changed the set, he changed the lighting, and he became like a mentor of mine." 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. 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. Other staffers covered the Dolphins' games into their 24–3 loss to Dallas in Super Bowl VI. King also lost his weekly column at the Miami Beach Sun newspaper. 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.
  • 1957
    Age 23
    His first broadcast was on May 1, 1957, when he worked as the disc jockey from 9 a.m. to noon.
    More Details Hide Details He also did two afternoon newscasts and a sportscast. He was paid $55 a week. He acquired the name Larry King when the general manager Marshall Simmonds said that Zeiger was too ethnic and difficult to remember, so Larry chose the surname King, which he got from an ad in The Miami Herald for King's Wholesale Liquor, minutes before air. Within two years, he legally changed his name. He started doing interviews on a mid-morning show for WIOD, at Pumpernik's Restaurant in Miami Beach. He would interview anyone who walked in. His first interview was with a waiter at the restaurant. Two days later, singer Bobby Darin, in Miami for a concert later that day, walked into Pumpernik's having come across King's radio show; Darin became King's first celebrity interview guest.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1951
    Age 17
    King has been married eight times, to seven women. He married high-school sweetheart Freda Miller in 1951 at age 18.
    More Details Hide Details That union ended the following year at the behest of their parents, who reportedly had the youngsters' marriage annulled.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1933
    Born
    Born on November 19, 1933.
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