News Updates:7/07/2010: Both Larry and Shawn filed petitions on July 7, 2010 to dismiss their divorce case.
5/12/2010: A joint statement issued by Larry King and Shawn Southwick affirms that the couple reconciled. "We love our children, we love each other, we love being a family. That is all that matters to us. We owe it to ourselves and our children to continue being dedicated to each other."
4/19/2010: Larry King and Shawn Southwick saw a marriage counselor. According to King's attorney, Dennis Wasser, "There's a 50-50 chance this divorce is not happening ... It was decided that there will be no divorce proceedings for two weeks as several issues need to be discussed and resolved."
Source: Ken Lee. "Larry King May Call Off Divorce." People.com. 4/19/2010.
Born:Larry King aka Lawrence Harvey Zeiger: November 19, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York.
Shawn Oro Engemann: November 5, 1959 in Studio City, Los Angeles, California.
Wedding Date:Shawn and Larry were married on September 5, 1997 in his hospital room in Los Angeles. According to The New York Times, the wedding took place "three days before Larry King underwent surgery to clear a clogged blood vessel."
Larry and Shawn had a "grander ceremony" in the Beverly Hills garden of Deborah Raffin and Michael Viner. Ted Turner was best man at their Mormon-Jewish ceremony. Guests included Jane Fonda, Don Rickles, Beverly D'Angelo, and Al Pacino.
Divorce:After separating on April 13, 2010, divorce papers were filed by both Shawn and Larry citing "irreconcilable differences."
Children:Shawn and Larry have two children.
- Chance Armstrong King: Born in 1999.
- Cannon Edward King: Born in 2000.
Occupations:Larry: Talk show host, actor, author.
Shawn: TV personality, actress, model, and singer.
Previous Marriages:Shawn married Daniel Southwick on October 24, 1980. They have one son together, Danny Southwick.
Larry has seven previous marriages.
Quotes About the Marriage of Larry King and Shawn Southwick:Larry: "We went through a rough patch. You get through it. It was rough for awhile, but we ironed it out pretty well. There was a big difference in our ages, that might have had something to do with it ... and we let the negatives take hold for awhile. But I'm not an expert on marriage."
Source: "Larry King Likely to Team Up with Ryan Seacrest." CBSNews.com. 12/21/2010.
Larry: "His [son Chance] name came from a 'chance' meeting a few years earlier when I was in New York City walking out of Tiffany's. I passed a beautiful tall blonde as she walked in. It was one of those moments when I did the should-I-go-back/no-go-to-lunch routine. I went back in."
Source: Larry King, Pat Piper. Anything Goes: What I've Learned from Pundits, Politicians, and Presidents. 2000. pg. 229.
Shawn: "As time passed, we got to know each other. In some ways, we're polar opposites. But we also had a lot in common. I'd be lying if I said the age difference didn't come up. Larry is almost thirty years older than I am."
Source: Larry King. My Remarkable Journey. 2009. pg. 199.
Larry: "I suppose if you can propose marriage with one of you in a hospital bed you can certainly get married with the other one in a hospital bed."
Source: Larry King. My Remarkable Journey. 2009. pg. 204.