Larry King concludes his “wonderful” journey


Larry King built, before he bid farewell to this simple yesterday (Saturday) at the age of 87, a television and radio throne in which he hosted thousands of people brilliantly without claiming extensive knowledge and mastery of everything. However, he sits on the chair before him kings, leaders and celebrities as well as notorious criminals, artists and clowns, to people of all classes working in all walks of life. Millions of fans watched him.

It was not immediately clear whether King had died because of his recent infection with the Corona virus, noting that he had been taken to hospital. But before that he suffered chest pains and had a stroke.

For nearly 50 years, Larry King interviewed about 50 thousand guests, each of whom found a story told on the radio or on television, including during his famous “Larry King Live” program that lasted 25 years on the American network “CNN” For television, until he retired from it in 2010. Although he never went to university, Larry King was the most prominent “guest” among his program guests, knowing that he worked as a boy in delivering purchases and services to its students. But the Brooklyn suburb of New York embarked on his media career as a local radio interviewer and sports broadcaster in Florida in the 1950s and 1960s. His fame began to fly in 1978 because of a radio program that was broadcasting all night and in which he received calls along the east and west coasts of the United States and across them from all American lands, before moving on to present his most famous program on CNN, between 1985 and 2010, to communicate with him with millions. All over America and around the world.

Larry King became one of America’s most famous television and radio personalities, knowing that he worked as a newspaper columnist, then wrote many books and worked with performers for dozens of films and television programs.

This would not have been possible for him had it not been for his own personality that he carefully sewed, not only in the way he interviewed the various guests – and what was most of them – in this program, but also in his selection of his clothes and jackets that he wore with his suspenders and ties, to make himself part of the background identical to TV Scoreboard. It was a gaunt TV face with a prominent nose, straight-back hair, and big black-framed glasses. And he looked thin because he had followed a strict diet since he had a heart attack in 1987, but he created a throne that was not filled by talents that the network brought in to succeed him. This painting did not change much in all his interviews, whether he was with presidents since he received Richard Nixon, or other world leaders, kings, princes, religious and commercial figures, victims of crimes and disasters, critics, fraudsters, and “experts” in UFOs and “owners” of supernatural phenomena. .

Meanwhile, Larry King’s personal life was the source of the Yellow Newspapers, which wrote countless articles about his eight marriages to seven women, and about his chronic penchant for gambling, which led to his bankruptcy twice, and his arrest for fraud, which led to the disruption of his career for years. And about a set of contradictions that did not overcome his success, knowing that it shattered other stars and celebrities.

Once his marriage to Frada Miller was annulled in 1952, he married for a short time Annette Kay and had a son named Larry Jr., whom his father did not recognize until 33 years later. In 1961, he married Ellen Akins, who had a son from a previous marriage, named Andy, but King adopted him. Nevertheless, they divorced in 1963. He and his fourth wife, Mickey Sotvin, divorced in 1966 after they had a daughter, whom they named Kelly, who was adopted by Mickey’s subsequent husband. In 1967, he married Akins again, and they had a daughter, whom they named Shaya. But they divorced again in 1972. In 1976 he married Sharon Lepore, and later divorced. This was also the fate of his marriage in 1989 to Julia Alexander. In 1997, he married Sean Southwick, and they had two sons, Chance and Kanon.

Larry King did not claim to be a journalist, although his show made news at times, as happened when Ross Beirut announced his candidacy for the presidency in 1992. He was not involved in confrontations, rather he rarely asked difficult questions to his guests, even if they were politicians, preferring Gentle incentives to get them to say interesting things about themselves. He asked President Nixon: “When you drive next to Watergate, do you feel weird?” “Is it frustrating for you not to remember anything?” He told former President Ronald Reagan.

And Larry King boasted that he had never prepared for an interview. If his guest is an author who promotes a book he has not read, he simply asks: “What is this?” Or “Why did you write this?” He said in his memoir “My Wonderful Journey” for the year 2009: “There are many broadcasters who tell three minutes of facts before asking a question (…) as if I say: Let me show you how much I know. I think the guest should be the expert ».

Politicians, inventors, jugglers, conspiracy theorists, and spiritual mediators loved his programs, because it allowed them to reach huge audiences without facing tough questions. This is what King called “entertainment information” for millions all over America and about 130 countries around the world.

The topics he discussed varied from politics to crime, from religion to sports, and from business to various news events, such as the trial of the O case. G. Simpson, or searching for memories with close people after the deaths of Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson.


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