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Larry King’s magnificent seven — his ex-wives

Larry King, who died Saturday on the age of 87, was identified nearly as a lot for his a number of marriages and divorces as he was for being an icon of broadcasting. He was married eight occasions to seven totally different ladies. He was solely 18 the primary time. One was a math trainer, one other a Playboy bunny. He as soon as mentioned he by no means cheated on any of them, although a few of his exes disagreed — and not less than one stepped out on him a number of occasions herself.

“I received married loads,” he as soon as mentioned. “However in my head, I’m not a marrying man. Once I grew up, no one lived collectively. When you fell in love, you bought married. And so I married those that I liked. However what I liked at 20 will not be what I liked at 30, and what I liked at 30 will not be what I liked at 40.”

Shawn Southwick

(married 1997; separated 2019)

King’s longest marriage was additionally his final — and the one one which lasted. Although King filed for divorce from Southwick, 61, in 2019, they had been reportedly nonetheless married on the time of King’s loss of life. They’ve two sons, Probability, 21, and Cannon, 20.

Larry King with ex-wives Alene Akins and Shawn Southwick.
Larry King with ex-wives Alene Akins and Shawn Southwick.
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The 2 married in a hospital room in 1997 simply earlier than he underwent surgical procedure to clear a blocked blood vessel. Southwick, a present biz vet with a background in performing and singing on TV reveals within the 1970s and ’80s, was the daughter of a longtime music supervisor.

Although the wedding was rocky, due partially to their 26-year age distinction and Southwick’s rumored infidelity (together with a reported dalliance along with her son’s baseball coach), Southwick appeared devastated when she realized King had filed for divorce: “I used to be crushed, I had no concept that this was coming, it harm, yeah. I used to be completely blindsided.”

Larry King and Shawn Southwick at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in West Hollywood, California in 2006.
Larry King and Shawn Southwick on the Vainness Honest Oscar Celebration in West Hollywood, California, in 2006.
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Julie Alexander

(married 1989; divorced 1992)

King met businesswoman Julie Alexander and fell head over heels. He married her later that 12 months in Washington, DC. However it was over nearly as quick because it started. They separated in 1990 and divorced two years later. Alexander instructed “Inside Version” in 2010 that she suspected King had cheated on her.

Larry King and his sixth wife Julie Alexander in 1990.
Larry King and his sixth spouse, Julie Alexander, in 1990.
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Sharon Lepore

(married 1976; divorced 1983)

Lepore, a former math trainer and TV manufacturing assistant, was amongst King’s lowest-profile wives. It was King’s second-longest marriage but in addition probably the most non-public. They had been each mum on why they divorced.

Larry King and Sharon Lepore in 1989.
Larry King and Sharon Lepore in 1989.
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Mickey Sutphin

(married 1963; divorced 1967)

The 2 reportedly met whereas working at a radio station in Miami and had a daughter, Kelly, who apparently was adopted by Sutphin’s second husband.

Alene Akins

(married 1961; divorced 1963. Remarried 1967; divorced 1972)

A former Playboy Bunny, Akins married King twice — with his marriage to Mickey Sutphin in between. That they had a daughter, Chaia, and King adopted her son, Andy. Akins died in 2017, and King referred to as her a “grand woman” in a tweet. Each Chaia, then 51, and Andy, then 65, died in 2020 — Chaia from lung most cancers and Andy from a coronary heart assault.

Larry King and Alene Akins in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Larry King and Alene Akins in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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Annette Kaye

(married 1961; divorced 1961)

Their marriage lasted only one 12 months however produced a son, Larry Jr., now 59. Larry King Jr. was in his 30s when he met his father. Kaye instructed King about their shared little one in 1994 when she was dying of lung most cancers.

Freda Miller

(married 1952; annulled 1953)

King married his highschool sweetheart Freda Miller when he was solely 18. The wedding was annulled, apparently at her mother and father’ request as a result of they didn’t approve of the union.

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