Name at birth: Lawrence Harvey Ziegler
Larry King is one of the most recognized broadcasters in the world, thanks to his daily talk show on CNN television, Larry King Live. King began his broadcasting career in Miami, Florida in 1957. By the early 1970s he was an all-around media personality, doing television and radio shows as well as writing a column for The Miami Herald. His career went a little sour during the 1970s, but in 1978 he landed a spot as the host of a nationally syndicated radio show. In 1982 Larry King began writing a newspaper column for USA Today (he ended the gig in 2001) and in 1985 he joined CNN as the host of a world-wide call-in talk show. Known for his blunt (if not particularly penetrating) questions, King has conducted thousands of interviews with celebrities, politicians and newsmakers, including Paul McCartney, Marlon Brando, Yasser Arafat, Tony Blair, Richard Nixon and Ross Perot. He published a memoir, My Remarkable Journey, in 2009.
Larry King has been married many times. The complete list: Freda Miller, 1952 (marriage annulled); Annette Kaye, c. 1960 (divorced 1961); Alene Akins, 1961 (divorced 1963); Mickey Sutphin, 1964 (divorced c. 1966); Alene Akins, remarried 1967 (divorced 1971); Sharon Lepore (some sources call her Sharon Dorl), 1976 (divorced c. 1982); Julia Alexander, 1989 (divorced 1992); Shawn Southwick, 1997 (filed for divorce, 2010). King has a son, Larry King Jr., from his brief marriage to Annette Kaye. He also has a daughter and a son with Akins, a daughter with Sutphin, and two sons with Southwick.
Talk show host Larry King filed for divorce from his seventh wife Shawn Southwick. This will be King’s eighth divorce; Alene Akins married him twice.
According to the divorce papers filed in L.A. County Superior Court, King blames the split on “irreconcilable differences.” King, 76, and Shawn, 50, wed in 1997. They have two sons together.