Larry King Marriage History
The American television and radio host, Larry King, filed a divorce from his seventh wife, Shawn King after being together for 22 years on August 20, 2019.
Shawn King was his seventh wife, but his eighth marriage. The 85-year-old has been married to 7 different women and has five children. Now that Larry has already filed for divorce from his seventh wife, let’s check his marriage timeline and relationship history.
1. Larry King & Freda Muller
Larry was first married to his high school sweetheart, Freda Miller in 1952 at the age of 19. The couple separated the very next year on demand of their parents who did not support the marriage. In 1953, they got their marriage annulled.
2. Larry King & Annette Kay
After having his parents annul his first marriage, the host got married for the second time to Annette Kay in 1961. They got divorced the same year. Later that November, she gave birth to a baby boy and named him Larry King Jr.
Larry did not acknowledge his child up until Annette, who was dying of lung cancer, contacted him to tell him that the boy was his.
3. Larry King & Alene Akins
The third Mrs. King was a Playboy Model, Alene Akins. The two first got married in 1961 and Larry adopted her son Andy in 1962. The couple got divorced the next year.
In 1968, he remarried Akins after divorcing Mary Francis Sutphin (his fourth wife). The following year the couple had a daughter, Chaia and got divorced for the second time in 1972.
4. Larry King & Mary Francis Sutphin
In 1964, Larry married Mary Francis “Mickey” Sutphin. She gave birth to their daughter, Kelly. After two years, Mary and King got divorced.
5. Larry King & Sharon Lepore
On September 25, 1976, Larry married his fifth wife, Sharon Lepore. Sharon was a mathematics teacher and a production assistant. The couple got divorced in 1983.
6. Larry King & Julie Alexander
Larry met his sixth wife, Julie Alexander in 1989 and proposed the businesswoman on their first date on August 1 of that same year. They got married on October 7, 1989, in Washington. Although being a married couple, they both lived in different cities, Alexander in Philadelphia and King in Washington D.C. They separated in 1990 and got divorced two years later.
7. Larry King & Shawn King
The longest and the most successful marriage of Larry King was with his seventh Shawn King. The couple has been married for 22 years.
Days before King underwent heart surgery to clear a clogged blood vessel; he married the singer, actress and TV host, Shawn Ora Engemann in 1997 in his LA hospital room. The couple shares two sons, Shawn, 20 and Cannon, 19. Even after being married for 22 years, the couple did not have a happy relationship.
In the year 2016, Larry’s current wife, Shawn was alleged of having a year-long affair with the American media personality, journalist and author, Richard Greene. In April 2019, Larry suffered from angina and underwent an angioplasty. After being placed in the cardiac intensive care unit, the television legend was shaken and realized that he hadn’t been happy for a long time.
On August 20, 2019, King filed divorce from his seventh wife citing irreconcilable differences. Shawn did not respond to the divorce immediately as she was blindsided by it. This isn’t the first time the couple tried pulling the plug. In 2010, Larry had filed for divorce after Shawn had an affair with one of their son’s baseball coaches, Hector Penate. Hector admitted to the affair, but the couple decided to stay married.
Do you think the couple will reconcile again? Or will there be an eighth Mrs. King?