•   
  •   
  •   

US Larry King, TV host who gave boldface names a cozy forum, dies at 87

16:56  23 january  2021
16:56  23 january  2021 Source:   washingtonpost.com

10 places to visit that shaped Martin Luther King Jr.'s march in history

  10 places to visit that shaped Martin Luther King Jr.'s march in history From his homeland in the South to unexpected places far beyond America's shores, here are 10 places that shaped Martin Luther King Jr.'s passage through history.You can honor him on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 18) or anytime of year by walking in his footsteps or reading about his journeys online.

Larry King , the suspendered impresario of cable television whose popular CNN interview program — with its guest-friendly questions and 23 at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 87 . The TV host , who was long beset by medical problems, such as diabetes and heart attacks, underwent an operation to

Veteran broadcaster Larry King , who made his name at CNN, has died at the age 87 , the US network reported on Saturday. No cause of death was given , but King had been in hospital in Los Angeles after testing positive for coronavirus. The chat show host became a global household name with CNN

Larry King, the suspendered impresario of cable television whose popular CNN interview program — with its guest-friendly questions and conversational banter — was a premier safe haven for the famous and infamous to spill their secrets, hype their projects and soften their image, died Jan. 23 at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 87.

Ora Media, the production company he co-founded, announced his death but did not provide a cause, according to the Associated Press. CNN reported earlier this month that Mr. King was hospitalized for complications from covid-19. The TV host, who was long beset by medical problems, such as diabetes and heart attacks, underwent an operation to remove early-stage lung cancer in 2017 and had a stroke in 2019.

Larry King, Program Host Who Interviewed Presidents, Dies at 87

  Larry King, Program Host Who Interviewed Presidents, Dies at 87 Larry King, the broadcast interviewer whose nonconfrontational style attracted celebrities and newsmakers as guests and made him the star of a top-rated U.S. cable talk show, has died. He was 87. © Photographer: Michael Campanella/Getty Images Europe TRONDHEIM, NORWAY - JUNE 21: Larry King participates on a discussion on fake news in the media during the Starmus Festival on June 21, 2017 in Trondheim, Norway. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images) King died Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a statement on his official Twitter account.

Legendary talk show host Larry King dies aged 87 at LA hospital just three weeks after being transferred from the ICU as he battled COVID. King credits his early success to the comic, Jackie Gleason who gave him his first 'big break' by arranging an interview with media-shy Frank Sinatra

Larry King , the broadcast interviewer whose nonconfrontational style attracted celebrities and newsmakers as guests and made him the star of a top-rated U.S. cable talk show, has died . He was 87 . King died Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a

In a career that included print and radio, Mr. King was best known for sitting behind a bulbous RCA microphone in the anchor chair of his prime-time CNN show “Larry King Live” from 1985 to 2010. He began as a Miami disc jockey in the late 1950s, wrote a USA Today column of stream-of-consciousness musings for nearly 20 years, and hosted a late-night Mutual Broadcasting System radio show that was beamed to more than 200 stations. He played himself in dozens of TV shows and movies.

CNN founder Ted Turner called Mr. King “the most famous interviewer in the world,” which, at Mr. King’s peak, was closer to understatement than hyperbole. His show, with its colored-dot map of the world in the background, garnered more than 1.5 million nightly viewers for segments with guests as varied as George H.W. Bush, Frank Sinatra, Snoop Dogg, Magic Johnson, Donald Trump, Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Moammar Gaddafi, the Dalai Lama and Marlon Brando, who, at once playful and bizarre, sang an old pop song and planted a kiss on Mr. King.

Craig Ferguson, Andy Cohen and More Celebs Pay Tribute to Larry King: 'There Was No One Else Like You'

  Craig Ferguson, Andy Cohen and More Celebs Pay Tribute to Larry King: 'There Was No One Else Like You' The legendary journalist died Saturday at age 87The broadcasting legend died on Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 87.

Veteran U.S. TV Interviewer Larry King Dies at Age 87 . King died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Ora Media, the studio and network he co-founded, tweeted. A longtime nationally syndicated radio host , from 1985 through 2010 he was a nightly fixture on CNN, where he won many

Larry King , the American broadcaster and cable news interviewer of celebrities and public figures, has died at the age of 87 . The nascent cable news network CNN granted King a primetime show in 1985, which he hosted until he was contentiously replaced by the British TV personality Piers Morgan

Others to appear included sex therapists, ufologists and Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. The Muppets donned suspenders in the host’s honor.

Audiences responded to Mr. King’s gentle probing, smoky baritone and casual manner. His CNN show served as an antidote to the network’s otherwise round-the-clock breaking news coverage and partisan shoutfests. If other interview programs could resemble beds of nails, with “gotcha” inquisitions of newsmakers, Mr. King’s show was a plush chaise longue.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd referred to him as “the resort area of American journalism, the media’s Palm Springs, where politicians and other figures of controversy or celebrity can go to unwind, kick back and reflect.”

Mr. King said he preferred to avoid reading background material on his guests in favor of a spontaneous approach of asking questions on the fly. He described himself as insatiably curious and said his favorite query was also the shortest: “Why?”

Celebrities and colleagues mourn Larry King

 Celebrities and colleagues mourn Larry King The US show master Larry King has died at the age of 87. This was announced this Saturday (January 23rd) on his Twitter account . At the end of December, the moderator fell ill with Covid-19. Numerous celebrities and colleagues mourn the talk show legend on Twitter and Instagram. © lev radin / shutterstock.com Larry King died at the age of 87.

Larry King has died aged 87 : no cause of death has yet been revealed, though King “With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host and friend Larry King , who passed away this morning at age 87 at “Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows’ titles

Larry King , giant of American broadcasting, has died at the age of 87 in Los Angeles. He died on Saturday at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the During his six-decade career, which included 25 years hosting his own CNN programme, King interviewed many famous political leaders, celebrities

One of Mr. King’s chief talents was his ability to put guests instantly at ease. He shunned the stiff suits favored by other newscasters for a jacketless look and rolled cuffs. His shoulders hunched as he leaned toward his guests. He seemed perpetually wide-eyed behind his windowpane glasses, keenly interested in what anyone sitting across from him had to say.

When nuclear physicist Edward Teller, a father of the hydrogen bomb, balked at an invitation to speak with Mr. King on his Mutual show, the host offered a deal: Stay for the first question and, if desired, leave afterward. At the interview, according to a 1980 account in People magazine, Mr. King asked Teller why high school students found physics so intimidating. Teller launched into a heartfelt response about the importance of scientific study — and then answered the rest of Mr. King’s questions.

His impromptu methods caught some subjects off guard. When Vice President Dan Quayle appeared on “Larry King Live” in 1992, the conservative Republican politician stumbled into a question about abortion.

Larry King Fans Honor Late Talk Show Legend By Sharing Their Favorite Interview Moments

  Larry King Fans Honor Late Talk Show Legend By Sharing Their Favorite Interview Moments The media legend died at the age of 87 on Saturday morning.The iconic broadcaster died early Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A cause of death was not given, though King was hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier this month. He was 87.

“What if your daughter grew up, had a problem, came to you with that problem all fathers fear, how would you deal with it?” Mr. King asked.

“Well, it is a hypothetical situation, and I hope I never do have to deal with it, but obviously I would counsel her and talk to her and support her on whatever decision she’d make,” Quayle said.

“And if the decision was abortion, you’d support her?” Mr. King asked.

“I’d support my daughter,” Quayle said.

Other times, Mr. King made news in spite of himself. Hosting Texas business magnate H. Ross Perot in 1992, Mr. King asked about his political prospects. On the spot, Perot announced it was possible he would make an independent bid for the presidency, immediately shaking up the campaign in which he would tap into voters’ frustration with the two major political parties.

Speaking with Richard M. Nixon that same year, Mr. King asked the former president what he thought about as he drove past the Watergate apartment and office complex in Washington, the site of the political burglary and coverup that led to Nixon’s resignation in 1974.

“Well, I’ve never been to the Watergate,” Nixon replied. “Other people were in there, though, unfortunately.”

Sometimes, Mr. King was caught flat-footed. He was upbraided by Jerry Seinfeld when he intimated that the comedian’s extremely popular sitcom had been terminated by NBC, when in fact the actor-producer chose to end it.

Larry King, longtime journalist and CNN host, dies at 87

  Larry King, longtime journalist and CNN host, dies at 87 Larry King, the famed interviewer whose career spanned more than six decades, has died. He was 87. King died early Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a statement shared on his social media accounts. A cause of death was not given, but King was hospitalized earlier this month with COVID-19. pic.twitter.

When O.J. Simpson made a surprise call to Mr. King’s show live on air in 1995, the day after the football star had been acquitted of murder charges, Mr. King’s first question was, “Uh, how are you?”

While his style was purposely simple, Mr. King’s line of inquiry occasionally had an unintentional comedic effect.

Initially thinking the Dalai Lama was a Muslim, he asked the Tibetan Buddhist leader: “Do you pray? And if so, who do you pray to?”

Mr. King said he was only posing the questions that members of his audience were too embarrassed to ask.

Mr. King, who collected Emmy and Peabody awards, conducted 50,000 interviews before leaving CNN in 2010 amid declining ratings. Into his 80s, he continued to appear on smaller cable outlets, notably the state-financed Russian television network RT, and on shows streamed online through a production company Mr. King founded with Mexican billionaire and telecom mogul Carlos Slim, Ora TV.

A firing and financial disarray

The son of Jewish immigrants from Russia, Mr. King was born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger in Brooklyn on Nov. 19, 1933. His father, who ran a bar and grill, died of a heart attack when Larry was a boy. His mother raised him and a younger brother. He later told New York magazine that he attributed their survival to government assistance, a belief that fueled his “undying liberalism.”

After dropping out of high school, he held odd jobs before moving to Florida. At a radio station, he found work as a janitor but made clear his ambition to go on the air. He got his chance in 1957, when a disc jockey missed his shift. The station manager, advising a less Jewish-sounding name, christened him Larry King.

Family of Larry King celebrate his life: 'We will miss him every single day of our lives'

  Family of Larry King celebrate his life: 'We will miss him every single day of our lives' Larry King's family has released a statement after the legendary broadcaster's death on Saturday.King was hospitalized in December after testing positive for COVID-19 where he remained until his death. His official cause of death has not been confirmed as of yet.

Mr. King soon started an interview program at Pumpernik’s Deli, a well-known hangout for celebrities. Before long he had his own radio show, television program and a column in the Miami Herald. But by the end of the 1960s, he was gambling compulsively, on his fifth marriage and deeply in debt.

He allegedly stole $5,000 from industrialist Louis E. Wolfson, leading to grand larceny charges against Mr. King in 1971. The charges were eventually dropped because the statute of limitations had expired, but the host continued over the next several years to face problems over bad checks and debts exceeding $300,000.

He was fired from the radio station, and his lucrative connections to the TV and newspaper industries disintegrated. Mr. King worked as a publicist for a thoroughbred racetrack, among other jobs. In 1975, a sympathetic radio station manager gave him back his old job, and he slowly rebuilt his career, even as he filed for bankruptcy protection in 1978.

Around that time, Mutual radio lured Mr. King for a national late-night talk show based at studios in Arlington, Va. This incarnation of the “The Larry King Show,” which featured show business and government newsmakers as well as offbeat personalities, ran from midnight to 5:30 a.m. (later cut back to 5) and drew a following that made him a star.

Soon, he was offered a column in the start-up newspaper USA Today, where he shared random, koanlike thoughts (“Jell-O is still one of the all-time great desserts,” “I get a good feeling when I see a police officer on a horse”) and occasional witticisms (“Is there a better feeling than having to sneeze and then sneezing?”). He ended his run in 2001.

Into his 80s, Mr. King maintained a loyal Twitter following numbering more than 2.4 million. Although he still used a flip phone, he mastered social media with tweets he tagged #ItsMy2Cents that featured a variety of underexplored ideas and questions: “Don’t know why but corn tastes different off the cob,” and “Of what possible use is the pinkie toe?”

Larry King’s Son Larry Jr. Opens Up About His ‘Loyal and Kind’ Dad: ‘He Had an Indomitable Spirit’

  Larry King’s Son Larry Jr. Opens Up About His ‘Loyal and Kind’ Dad: ‘He Had an Indomitable Spirit’ "He was beyond kind to all those he interacted with," says Larry King Jr. of his late father Larry King"What we can all take away from our father's last time with us was his love of life," King Jr., 59, tells PEOPLE of his father — who died at age 87 on Jan. 23, weeks after he was admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 — for one of this week's cover stories. "He had an indomitable spirit. Although he lost the battle he beat so many times over the years, we continued to be inspired by his strength.

Mr. King, known for his wandering eye and monumental self-regard, had a complicated private life. He was married eight times (“I love the chase!” he once declared), including twice to former Playboy bunny Alene Akins. His last marriage was to singer Shawn Southwick.

“My career always came first,” he told USA Today in 2020 after his divorce from Southwick. “I used to say if CNN called with an emergency and my wife called with an emergency, I’d call CNN back first.”

Two of his children from Akins died, Andy King in July 2020 after a heart attack and Chaia King of lung cancer in August 2020. He had three other children, including a son, Larry Jr., from Annette Kaye, and two sons, Chance and Cannon, from Southwick. A complete list of survivors was not immediately available.

Mr. King, who wrote several memoirs, was a natural raconteur, a skill he said he developed in childhood on the stoops of Brooklyn. Many of his stories, often involving sexual invitations, strained credulity. Some were outright false.

For years, Mr. King spoke in detail of his friendship as a teenager with a fellow Brooklyn native, the baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, and a bet that led to a trip in New Haven, Conn., and some high jinks in that college town. But Koufax told The Washington Post in 1991 that he had never been to New Haven and did not meet Mr. King until both were adults. Mr. King admitted that the story was a fabrication aimed to aggrandize the sorrowful childhood of Larry Zeiger.

“I’m a funny storyteller,” Mr. King told The Post. “Now, that answers what I am. Who I am? It’s a question I’ve never asked.”

“Then how about Larry Zeiger? Who was he?” a reporter asked.

“He was an acne-faced, overweight, Jewish kid whose father died, who was on welfare, whose mother spoiled him. And then, in the course of his life, in his mid-20s, he became Larry King,” he said.

“And who is Larry King?” he was asked.

“All the things that Larry Zeiger never was,” he said.

“So who was telling that story . . . Larry Zeiger or Larry King?”

“Probably Larry Zeiger,” he said. “Larry King wouldn’t have to exaggerate anything.”

Read more Washington Post obituaries

Carl Kasell, NPR broadcaster who brought gravitas and goofiness to the airwaves, dies at 84

Hugh Downs, omnipresent television broadcaster, dies at 99

Alex Trebek, quintessential quizmaster as ‘Jeopardy!’ host for three decades, dies at 80

Jim Lehrer, understated PBS news anchor and presidential debate moderator, dies at 85

Mike Wallace dies; veteran journalist and former ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent was 93

Shawn King, Larry King posing for a picture: Larry King and his then-wife Shawn Southwick King in 2003. © Matthew Cavanaugh/FTWP Larry King and his then-wife Shawn Southwick King in 2003.

Larry King’s Son Larry Jr. Opens Up About His ‘Loyal and Kind’ Dad: ‘He Had an Indomitable Spirit’ .
"He was beyond kind to all those he interacted with," says Larry King Jr. of his late father Larry King"What we can all take away from our father's last time with us was his love of life," King Jr., 59, tells PEOPLE of his father — who died at age 87 on Jan. 23, weeks after he was admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 — for one of this week's cover stories. "He had an indomitable spirit. Although he lost the battle he beat so many times over the years, we continued to be inspired by his strength.

usr: 0
This is interesting!