Larry King’s 7 wives: A complete list with photos and brief bios

Larry King's 7 wives

There has been a lot of hub-bub surrounding Larry King’s recent separation from Shawn Southwick, putting the talk show host in line for his 8th divorce. (CLICK HERE to read all about how Larry allegedly cheated on his sexy blond wife with his sexy blond wife’s sexy blond younger sister Shannon Engemann!)

That’s means Larry has as many divorces as Jon and Kate have children! I did the math, and figuring in Larry’s age, that averages out to a marriage every 37 years! (Heh heh! That was for you Conan!)

If you’re like me and have more than a second-grade education, you’ve probably figured out that the number from the title of this post (7) doesn’t add up to 8. That’s because Larry married one of his wives twice, that being Playboy model Alene Akins, who is pictured with Larry here in 1972:

Alene Akins and Larry King

Here’s the Larry King ex-wives time line, with children and a few other pertinent tidbits of information thrown in:

1st Wife: Frada Miller (married 1953, annulled 1953)
High school girlfriend.

2nd Wife: Annette Kaye (1960?)
Very short marriage that lasted less than a year. Larry divorced Annette while she was pregnant with Larry King, Jr. who was born in 1961. Annette didn’t tell Larry he had a son until she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer over 30 years later. Larry King, Jr. was eventually put in charge of Larry Sr.’s heart disease foundation.

3rd Wife: Alene Akins (married 1961, divorced 1963)
Playboy bunny. Mother of Chaia and Andy. Stay tuned…

4th Wife: Mickey Sutphin (married 1964, divorced 1967)
Mother of daughter Kelly

3rd Wife again: Alene Akins(married 1968, divorced 1971)
Second time around with Alene

Larry King Mugshot

(Non-marriage-related) 1971: Larry King arrested! (From “In 1971, he was arrested for grand larceny, and pleaded no contest to passing a bad check. The particulars remain muddled and unproven, but it’s alleged that King tried to sell his influence with Richard M. Nixon’s attorney general John Mitchell to a convicted stock swindler named Louis Wolfson. After these odd events he was off the air for a few years, and worked as an announcer at a race track.”

5th Wife: Sharon Lepore (married 1976, divorced 1983)
Production assistant and former math teacher.

Larry King and Angie DickinsonSerious Girlfriend: Angie Dickinson. The couple dated for five years from 1983 to 1988

6th Wife: Julia Alexander
(married 1989, divorced 1992)
Larry King sued Julia for slander after their break alleging Julia had broken a legal agreement prohibiting her from talking about their marriage publicly. The case was settled in 1994 but the court documents were sealed.

Girlfriend: Rama Fox (engaged 1992, broke up 1994)
Minister in the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, made famous by Arianna Huffington. Rama met Larry when he was judging a Florida beauty contest she was participating in back in 1968. The couple broke up after Rama agreed to testify on ex-wife Julia Alexander’s behalf. Larry King later sued Rama for slander after she claimed in Washingtonian magazine that she broke up with Larry, not the other way around. (Read all about that HERE) In the book Reputation: Portraits in Power Rama is quoted as saying, “Larry has to have relationships upon relationships, so he always has a place where that stimulation is going on.” … “Larry is astonishing in the things he finds to lie about and deny. To me, he’s a sports liar.”

Deanna Lund from Land of the Giants

Girlfriend: Deanna Lund (engaged 1995; broke up 1995)
Actress famous for her role in the television series Land of the Giants

7th Wife: Shawn Southwick (married 5-Sep-1997, separated 14-Apr-2010)
Mother of sons Chance of Cannon. Mormon. Married twice previously, including public relations executive Michael Levine. Larry adopted her son Danny Southwick.

Larry King and wife Shawn Southwick

There you go! Did you notice that every woman Larry King has been married to that I was able to find a picture of is/was a smoking hot slender blond? Does anyone out there know if any of the women not pictured here were brunettes?

I’ll end things with an excerpt from the afore-mentioned book Reputation: Portraits in Power:

“I don’t think he feels guilty about anything,” says someone who knows King very, very well. “That would imply he was capable of understanding what he’d done. . . . If he were capable of knowing what he’d done, people would hate him a lot more.” Instead, King has a way of making all his transgressions seem as harmless as his blue suede shoes. And perhaps you have to have a special vulnerability to be taken in by Larry King, whether in business or in love. But it’s interesting to note how neatly the common picture of King – as an easygoing, somewhat hapless man who poses no threat except the professional one of running a toothless interview show for newsmakers – inverts reality.

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  • str8tlk

    Any woman that marries a man with 6 wifes as a past history, will get what she deserves. How can any woman think that man will stay and be faithful forever. Plus, money, fame, come on what does Larry King have other then that?

  • Sandy

    I guess they couldn’t stand him. End of story.

  • Mo

    as ugly as Mr King is now…he is much better looking than he was in his earlier years…were all those women blind or just loved money?

    • livefree1200cc


    • ConservaDave2

      Naw… what could King’s $150 million have to do with anything????

  • Susan

    I went to school with Shawn in Jr High and High School and let me tell you she had very DARK hair. It was NOT blond…..I feel sorry for her. She married for money and not for love. Sad. What did she think she was getting with this old man who had been married so many times? I really feel for you Shawn….next time marry for love….

    • Howie of St Benedict, Mn

      Maybe she got what she wanted.

  • james e. gary

    I think King looks natural in his booking photo a mug shot fits a scum like King. These women must be simple minded to think King is a real catch.

  • I have always liked Larry. The best interviewer. Asked just a few questions and let the other person talk. Nobody could really replace him, least of all Piers Morgan who babbles non-stop and interrupts his guest.(s)
    He has personality and I am sure he knew how to entertain his many wives.
    His present wife did not marry him for the money, I think she likes to be entertained and spoiled by him.
    Again I like to say, he is the best interviewer and I do miss him.

    • Matt1967

      As an interviewer and interviewee, there have been few ever better. Now, as a husband, it doesn’t look like that. Look at Bill Clinton–great President, but a lousy husband and father. Or, at least,husband . But, a HELL of a politician . I think even Republicans would say that.

      • Matt1967

        I think Pierce did a good job. No, he wasn’t Larry–no one ever will be–but, he brought up good issues.

        • livefree1200cc

          Pierce was a pompous windbag, thank God we chased him out of the spotlight

      • livefree1200cc

        you idiot – Bill Clinton is the one who sold us out to the Chinese

        • Carol

          You haven’t got a clue. Live free and get educated.

    • Blackshirt D

      How the F do you know anything about it?

  • Larry downes

    It is not uncommon for wealthy Jews to hook up with beautiful blonds Just look at the wives of all powerful Jews, Spielberg,etc. Notice how leading men in the movies have gone from Gable and Grant to Sandler and Meyers, etc., yet the women remain hot white blondes.

    • John Public

      It’s nice to see those with Down’s syndrome have internet access

    • Jo

      Its not uncommon for envious types to engage in bigoted comments – especially if they are sore losers in life – like yourself.

      As plain as Larry King is – it is not his fault that you are lonely and pathetic.

      • livefree1200cc

        so you make idiotic comments all by YOURself?

  • Whitey Ford III

    same with rich black guys ala Tiger

  • Lynn

    LOL That’s just hilarious! I didn’t know he had that many KIDS and wives…he’s such an freakin idiot, and he needs to get a hobby other than marrying blond idiots! It’s people like him who I want to just slap right across the face. Wish he could read this.

  • livefree1200cc

    Larry King was born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger

    • jo

      And… You figured that all out by yourself genius?

      • livefree1200cc

        no I had help

  • Tara

    Lol. Brunettes who dyed their hair. Not really blondes. But interesting 😉

  • Joyce Jenkins

    Oh my word he’s so ugly… Gives me the creeps… Must pay well

  • Carol

    Rich Jews? Trump isn’t a Jew. There are many non Jews who are wealthy and married to young women because they are gold diggers and rich men are egotistical jerks who think they are the gift from heaven. Stupid people who make comments about rich Jews need education. They are bigoted morons

  • Blackshirt D

    Larry has a huge………………… account.