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Larry King
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King during a videotaping of his Larry King Live program at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA in 2006
Lawrence Harvey Zeiger
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 CNN called Larry King Live, which ran from 1985 to 2010. Before that, he hosted a radio talk show on Mutual Radio called the Larry King Show.[1][2] He has made some 40,000 interviews with politicians, athletes and entertainers. Larry King has won several awards.[3][4]

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 (1974-1977).

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

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

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)

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