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Lawrence Harvey Zeiger

(1933-11-19)November 19, 1933
Died January 23, 2021(2021-01-23) (aged 87)
Occupation Anchor of Larry King Live, television personality
Years active 1956 – 2021
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 (November 19, 1933 – January 23, 2021) was 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. Before that, he hosted a radio talk show on Mutual Radio called the Larry King Show. He interviewed some 40,000 politicians, athletes and entertainers.

King won several awards. He hosted a talk show called Politicking. That show is on Russia Television, an English language television network run by the Russian state.

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

King stated he was liberal politically.

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

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

Larry King married eight 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 (from 1997)


On December 22, 2020 King was hospitalized in Los Angeles with COVID-19. King died a month later at the age of 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on January 23, 2021.

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