The Untold Truth about Larry King’s Wives and Kids

Larry King is a television legend and is definitely among the most recognizable TV and radio personalities in the world. He earned Emmy and 10 Cable ACE Awards plus he was an inductee of the National Radio Hall of Fame and Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame. 

Date of Birth: November 19, 1933

Date of Death: January 23, 2021 (age 87)

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

Having started his professional path with being a simple journalist and interviewer in Miami, Larry King made a breakthrough in 1978 when The Larry King Show was launched on national radio. In 1985, he appeared on TV presenting Larry King Live. And currently, he hosts Larry King Now plus Politicking with Larry King. Additionally, Larry deals with writing, appears in movies and does much charitable work. 

Larry King’s personal life is pretty bright. He was married 8 times and is a dad to 6 children. Let’s get to know more about his marriages and kids. 

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Larry King wife

Freda Miller (former wife)

Duration of Marriage: 1952-1953 (1 year)

Larry and Freda dated at high school and decided to get hitched when they were only 18. As they were too young, their wedlock was annulled by their parents.

Annette Kaye (former wife)

Duration of Marriage: several months in 1961

Annette was King’s wife for less than a year and gave birth to son Larry already after their divorce. 

Alene Akins (former wife)

Duration of Marriage: 1961-1963, 1967-1972 (in total 7 years)

Date of Death: February 3, 2017

Alene worked at a Playboy’s nightclub when she got romantically involved with Larry. He espoused her in 1961 and even adopted her son from previous relationship, but they broke up in two years. However, they became husband and wife again in 1967 and welcomed a daughter. Their marriage was dissolved in 1972.   

Mary Francis Sutphin (former wife)

Duration of Marriage: 1963-1967 (4 years)

Mary is often nicknamed Mickey. Her 4-year marriage with the celebrity resulted in the birth of their daughter Kelly. 

Sharon Lepore (former wife)

Duration of Marriage: 1976-1983 (7 years)

Sharon used to teach mathematics at school but later became a production assistant. She and Larry got hitched on September 25, 1976, but separated in 1983. The same year, King began relationship with Angie Dickinson, which lasted till 1988.  

Julie Alexander King (former wife)

Larry King family - ex-wife Julie Alexander King

Duration of Marriage: 1989-1992 ( 3 years)

Julie is an entrepreneur. She got acquainted with King in August 1989 and became his wife on October 7, 1989. They lived in different cities and it led to their separation in 1990 followed by a divorce in 1992. Later, Larry got engaged to actress Deanna Lund but their ways parted. 

Shawn Southwick (nee Engemann) (wife)

Larry King family - ex-wife Shawn Southwick

Duration of Marriage: 1997-2019 (22 years)

Date of Birth: November 5, 1959

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

Shawn deals with singing, acting plus TV hosting. Larry espoused her on September 5, 1997, at a hospital in Los Angeles just a couple of days before her had a heart surgery. Soon, the couple welcomed two sons. In 2010, they shocked everyone by filing for divorce when Shawn was rumored to have a romantic involvement with Hector Penate, her sons’ baseball trainer. However, the spouses reconciled. In August 2019, Shawn and Larry announced their intention to dissolve their marriage. 

Larry King children

Larry King Jr. (son with Annette Kaye)

Larry King children - son Larry King Jr.

Date of Birth: November 1961

Larry first saw his famed father when he was 33. Now, he runs the King’s cancer foundation. Moreover, his dad wrote about him in his memoir A Remarkable Journey. Larry was wife Shannon and 3 kids.

Andy King (adopted son with Alene Akins)

Larry King children - adopted son Andy King

Year of Birth: 1962

Date of Death: July 28, 2020 (age 58)

Andy is the son of Alene Akins from her previous relationship who drew his first breath when she was already King’s wife. As a result, the television host adopted Andy soon after his birth. He passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack. 

Kelly King (daughter with Mary Francis Sutphin)

Unfortunately, we failed to find any information about Kelly. 

Chaia King (daughter with Alene Akins)

Year of Birth: 1969

Date of Death: August 20, 2020 (age 51)

Chaia and her stellar dad wrote Daddy Day, Daughter Day book together. She also appeared alongside him at a couple of events. She passed away shortly after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

Chance Armstrong King (son with Shawn Southwick)

Larry King children - son Chance Armstrong King

Date of Birth: March 9, 1999

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

In 2017, Chance was drafted for the Major League Baseball by White Sox.

Cannon Edward King (son with Shawn Southwick)

Larry King children - son Cannon Edward King

Date of Birth: May 22, 2000

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

Cannon studies business administration at Miami University. Though his parents are divorcing now, Cannon as well as his elder brother support both Shawn and Larry. 

Danny Southwick (stepson)

Larry King children - step-son Danny Southwick

Date of Birth: September 28, 1981

Zodiac Sign: Libra

Danny is an American football player. He is the son of Shawn with her first husband Dan Southwick. 

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