King, Larry

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Larry King
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Name
King, Larry Gender: M
Zeiger, Lawrence Harvey
born on 19 November 1933 at 10:38 (= 10:38 AM )
Place Brooklyn NY, USA, 40n38, 73w56
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 26°52' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 24°31 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 16°39'



Biography

American talk show host, radio personality and columnist. Host of the world's most potent talk show, "Larry King Live" on CNN TV, Known for its commentary and debate on contemporary events, his show is tuned into more than 1.2 million American homes nightly and is beamed to approximately 200 nations via satellite. King's audience is global. He is the author of several books including "Tell It to the King," in 1988, "How To Talk To Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere," in 1994 ,"The Best Of Larry King Live," in 1995 and "Powerful Prayers" in 1998.

King is the second son of Russian Jewish immigrants Eddie and Jennie Zeiger. His older brother by six years died of appendicitis shortly before King's birth and his younger brother Martin was born a few years later. Mom and Dad owned and operated a

bar-and-grill in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn but sold it when the war broke out so Dad could join the war effort and work at a defense plant in nearby Kearny, NJ. The troubles came when Eddie died of a heart attack on the job on 6/14/1944, leaving Jennie to accept relief payments before she found work in the garment district a year later.

His idolized father's sudden death traumatized ten-year old King, whose performance in school dropped dramatically. The excellent student who skipped third grade became negligent of anything academic and earned the reputation as a troublemaker in Junior High. Graduating Lafayette High School by one point above the minimum for passing, King spent most of his time watching the Brooklyn Dodgers and listening to the radio, with Arthur Godfrey serving as his role model.

While certain he wanted a career in broadcasting, King did not know how to break into it, so he spent four years after high school working odd jobs in Brooklyn. Age 23 in 1957, he boarded a bus to Miami, where he heard a neophyte could start a radio career. Working as a porter at 250-watt AM station WAHR, King was suddenly asked to replace the morning disc jockey who had abruptly quit. On 5/01/1957, having changed his name to King at the stations manager's suggestion, he finally got a chance to speak into a microphone, and was so petrified he couldn't utter a sound. Turning up the music so he wouldn't have to talk, the station manager put his head in the studio and said, "Remember, this a communicating business." The terrified King let the music go down and began talking into the microphone, telling what just happened because he couldn't think of anything else to say.

It was love at first "sound." King clicked with the communicating business and never suffered "mike fright" again. Soon attracting the attention of larger Miami stations, King took a job at progressive station WKAT the following year where he was given the enviable morning "drive time" slot. His innovation and creativity got him hired by Pumpernik's Restaurant to serve as host for a four-hour on-location radio show designed to boost the restaurant's slow breakfast business.

Randomly picking guests from the restaurant's clientele, King interviewed waitresses, cooks, conventioneers and the relatively unknown comedians Don Rickles and Lenny Bruce. Soon other celebrities made it a point to drop by Pumpernik's, whose breakfast business was now booming. It was a turning point in the radio broadcaster's career: "I found I could do more than shtick. I found I had an ability to draw people out in a interview. The key to my success as an interviewer is the fact that I am truly interested in a person's craft, in his or her work. And when you sincerely want to find out why people do what they do, you're going to learn a lot. The less I know in advance, the more curious I am on the air."

By 1962, the show was moved from Pumpernik's to a houseboat which was the setting for the TV show "Surfside 6." King then took TV work hosting the nation's first late-night talk show in addition to radio broadcasting. A year later he launched a free-lance writing career with a column for the "Miami Beach Sun Reporter" and later for "The Miami Herald" and "The Miami News."

As his broadcasting success increased, his financial problems worsened. "At my most egotistical moments, of which there were many, I felt as if I owned Miami, and lived as though I did...I felt that whatever Larry King wanted, Larry King should have." By age 38 he was a self confessed addicted gambler, unemployed, broke and unable to pay IOUs totally $352,000.

On 1/30/1978, "The Larry King Show" made its debut in 28 cities from midnight to 5:30 AM. By the early '80s, the show could claim a weekly audience of three to five million people. In 1982, The University of Georgia honored the show with a George Foster Peabody award, which King considers to be the highlight of his career. After joining the Cable News Network in 1985, he brought "Larry King Live" to the top of the ratings by 1992 and refers to himself as an "infotainer conglomerate."

King suffered a heart attack in 1987. He has made seven marriages and has four grown children and two grandchildren. He made an eighth marriage on 9/05/1997 to country singer Shawn Southwick, following a nine-month courtship. Quickly following the ceremony, King underwent an angioplasty to unblock a clogged heart artery. Shawn gave birth to a son, Chance Armstrong King, on 3/09/1999, Los Angeles and King attended the birth and cut the cord himself.

He counts his blessings, "My career is swell, I'm in love with my wife, I appreciate family more. And I pinch myself," he says, "I can't believe I'm 65!"

Son Chance was joined by a brother on 5/22/2000.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

Events

  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 9 March 1999 (Son Chance born)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 5 September 1997 (Seventh marriage Shawn Southwick)
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  • Health : Medical procedure September 1997 (Angioplasty for blocked artery)
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  • Work : New Career 1 May 1957 (First went on the air, WAHR, Miami Beach)
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  • Family : Change residence 1957 (Moved to Miami)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1963 (From Alene)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1966 (From Mickey)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1971 (Second divorce from Alene Akins)
  • Social : Joined group 1952 (Drafted into the Navy)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1976 (Sharon Lepore)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1967 (Alene Akins for second time)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1964 (Mickey Sutphin)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1961 (Alene Akins for first time)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1982 (From Sharon Lepore)
  • Work : Prize 1982 (George Foster Peabody Award)
  • Work : New Job 1985 (Hired by CNN for interview show)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1989 (Julie Alexander)
  • Work : Gain social status 1997 (Celebrates 40 yrs. on the air)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1997 (Publishes a children's book with daughter)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1990 (From Julie)
  • Health : Medical procedure 1987 (Heart attack and quintuple by-pass surgery)
  • Financial : Worst Period 1978 (Declares bankruptcy)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 22 May 2000 (Son Cannon born)
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Source Notes

A correspondent in AA 6/1993 in the Many Things column quotes data "stated by him on the air."

Categories

  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Five kids)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Seven)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs (Over 15 years)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Radio/ D.J./ Announcer (CNN talk show "Larry King Live")
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Angioplasty, quintruple by-pass)
  • Personal : Misc. : Changed name (Changed name in 1947)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Second of three boys)
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Older brother died before Larry was born)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Public poise
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Age ten when dad died)
  • Family : Parenting : Parenting late more than 40 (Age 65+ when sons born)
  • Traits : Personality : Articulate (Erudite, broad scope)
  • Traits : Mind : I.Q. high/ Mensa level (High IQ noted)

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