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Larry King

Larry King (born November 19, 1933) is an American television and radio host whose work has been recognized with awards including two Peabodys and ten Cable ACE Awards. He began as a local Florida journalist and radio interviewer in the 1950s and 1960s and became prominent as an all-night national radio broadcaster starting in 1978. From 1985 to 2010, he hosted the nightly interview TV program Larry King Live on CNN. King was born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger in Brooklyn, New York City, to an Austrian immigrant Edward Zeiger, a restaurant owner and defense plant worker, and his wife Jennie Gitlitz, a garment worker, who emigrated from Belarus. King's father died at 44 of heart disease, and his mother had to go on welfare to support her two sons. His father's death greatly affected King, and he lost interest in school. After graduating from high school, he worked to help support his mother. From an early age, however, he had wanted to go into radio. King is a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers. A CBS staff announcer, whom King met by chance, told him to go to Florida, a growing media market where openings still existed for inexperienced broadcasters. King rode a train to Miami. After initial

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Larry King: Exhibit A in Mel vs. Oksana Custody War

Larry King: Exhibit A in Mel vs. Oksana Custody War

Larry King's interview with Oksana Grigorieva is officially part of her custody war with Mel Gibson ...  TMZ has learned. As we first reported, Mel believes Oksana's appearance on "Larry King… READ MORE >

Barbara Bush to Sarah Palin: Stay in Alaska!

Barbara Bush to Sarah Palin: Stay in Alaska!

It is on now!!!! As part of an interview airing tomorrow on "Larry King Live," former First Lady Barbara Bush said of Sarah Palin, "I sat next to her once, thought she was beautiful. And I think… READ MORE >

- 1469 days ago
Oksana: Mel Hit Me, Choked Me, Brandished a Gun

Oksana: Mel Hit Me, Choked Me, Brandished a Gun

Oksana Grigorieva just told Larry King that Mel Gibson hit her, choked her, and then waved a gun at her during a violent encounter on January 6. Oksana said she was holding their daughter Lucia… READ MORE >

- 1472 days ago
Mel Gibson: Mum on Oksana's Larry King Interview

Mel Gibson: Mum on Oksana's Larry King Interview

Mel Gibson hit a hot Hollywood club last night -- and though she may have been on his mind, he wasn't talking about Oksana Grigorieva.  And guess what ... his soon-to-be ex-wife Robyn was… READ MORE >

- 1473 days ago
Oksana: Why I Recorded Mel ...

Oksana: Why I Recorded Mel ...

Oksana Grigorieva told Larry King she recorded Mel Gibson's threatening rants because she thought Mel was going to kill her and she wanted her mother to have proof.... this according to sources… READ MORE >

- 1474 days ago
Larry King Puts Oksana on Fast Track

Larry King Puts Oksana on Fast Track

The episode of "Larry King Live" featuring Oksana Grigorieva is coming sooner than we expected -- TMZ has learned the show has been moved up to Wednesday night. Sources tell TMZ the show was… READ MORE >

- 1475 days ago
Oksana Grigorieva Defies Judge with Larry King

Oksana Grigorieva
Defies Judge with Larry King

Oksana Grigorieva has defied the judge in her custody war with Mel Gibson by taping an interview with Larry King Saturday night, TMZ has learned ... and it's Oksana's opening salvo in "speaking… READ MORE >

- 1476 days ago
Steven Slater: I DID Get Whacked on Flight 1052

Steven Slater: I DID Get Whacked on Flight 1052

Ex-JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater insists he really did get smacked in the head on flight 1052 back in August ... but claims the meltdown was "the perfect storm of bad manners."Slater… READ MORE >

- 1494 days ago
Larry King, Ryan Seacrest -- Radio Silence

Larry King, Ryan Seacrest -- Radio Silence

Larry King and Ryan Seacrest have been secretly plotting to relaunch Larry's radio career ... TMZ has learned.Sources tell TMZ ... Ryan is talking to Larry about producing/distributing a new Larry… READ MORE >

- 1556 days ago
Larry King's Ex-Wife Survives Horrific Crash

Larry King's Ex-Wife Survives Horrific Crash

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