Drawn to the Radio
Larry King was born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger in Brooklyn on Nov. 19, 1933, the second son of Edward and Jennie Gitlitz Zeiger, immigrants from Austria and Belarus. Their first son, Irwin, had died earlier. A youthful brother, Martin, grew to become a lawyer.
Mr. King’s father ran a bar and grill, however labored at a protection plant after World Battle II started. He died of a coronary heart assault in 1943, and the household went on welfare till Mr. King’s mom discovered work as a seamstress in Manhattan’s garment district.
Devastated by his father’s loss of life, Lawrence, a superb scholar who had skipped the third grade, uncared for research and listened to the radio — Brooklyn Dodgers video games, “The Lone Ranger,” “The Shadow” and Arthur Godfrey, whom he worshiped. He graduated from Lafayette Excessive College in 1951 with barely passing grades.
His 1952 marriage to Frada Miller was rapidly annulled. Later, he was briefly married to Annette Kaye; they’d a son, Larry Jr., whom Mr. King didn’t learn about till 33 years later. In 1961, he married Alene Akins, who had a son by a earlier marriage, Andy, whom Mr. King adopted; they had been divorced in 1963.
He and his fourth spouse, Mickey Sutphin, had been divorced in 1966 after having a daughter, Kelly, who was adopted by her subsequent husband. In 1967, he once more married Ms. Akins; they’d a daughter, Chaia, and had been divorced in 1972. In 1976, he married Sharon Lepore; they had been divorced.
His 1989 marriage to Julia Alexander additionally resulted in divorce. In 1997, he married Shawn Southwick; they’d two sons, Likelihood and Cannon.