Larry King 'Standing Up' in London, October 2011 - tickets on sale Friday 6th May
Posted: 5th May 2011
Larry King is something of a broadcasting legend in the US but in the UK we know comparatively little about the man. We probably know that Larry King Live was a show on CNN, although not many in the UK watch CNN with any regularity. We sat up sharply when we heard that Piers Morgan would be taking over the regular Larry King CNN slot in late 2010 (King still does 'specials'). For many, the most we know about King is that Piers Morgan, incredibly, now has his job.
On Sunday 2nd October, Larry King will be talking at London's Apollo Victoria theatre. He'll be chatting about his experiences interviewing some of the world's biggest stars and political heavyweights and there'll be a Q&A session too. So far, so what? What do we care, he's hardly Trevor McDonald, is he?
But here's the rub: Larry king has lived a truly remarkable life. The significance and influence of his role and career at CNN must not be underestimated (although Morgan's appointment would appear to denigrate the job somewhat) -it is only a small part of the Larry King story.
King is 77 years old. He has been married eight times (to seven different women). Before The Beatles, King had been married - and divorced - twice. His second wife was a Playboy bunny girl. He has five children and a step-son.
In his early fifties, King had a massive heart attack and quintuple bypass surgery as a result. He has written several books about living with heart disease and established the Larry King Cardiac Foundation. He donated a million dollars to a university to provide scholarships for students from poor backgrounds and works in New York with a non-profit youth development agency.
Using his influence to considerable effect, he has orchestrated and fronted several 'How You Can Help' CNN specials in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake and the recent US Gulf Coast oil spill.
Larry King has won an Emmy and interviewed every US President for forty years, along with the Dalai Lama, Marlon Brando, John F Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Taylor, Mikhail Gorbachev, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. To name but a handful. Piers who?
King is bringing his incredible experiences and razor-sharp mind to London. We wouldn't want to suggest anything illegal but you should definitely be prepared to kill to get a ticket.
This event has now been cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances".