“I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.” Especially now, we could all benefit from these wise words.
Journalist and cultural icon Larry King was known not only for his ubiquitous suspenders, but also his over 50,000 interviews that spanned the broad worlds of politics, music, and fashion. Born in Brooklyn, New York, King began his career as a columnist for the Miami Herald where he learned the fundamentals of hard-hitting journalism and inquiry. Shortly thereafter, King’s eponymous show, Larry King Live catapulted into the mainstream, offering viewers a unique and unbiased perspective on cultural happenings.
For over 25 years and 6,000 episodes King merged feel-good stories, hard-hitting interviews, and scandalized questionnaires for an experience like no other. The correspondent’s direct and uncomplicated style offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the complicated worlds of U.S presidents, scandalized celebrities, and foreign leaders alike.
What set King apart from a crowded media sphere was his knack for exemplifying his subject’s persona and allowing their words to speak for themselves. King’s many media ventures throughout the years proved his ability to highlight an era’s zeitgeist: whether it be ‘80s decadence, menswear minimalism, or modern performance, King’s undertakings helped to solidify and explain cultural tendencies.
As for his personal style, King once admitted: “I’m not a guy who wears suits a lot. Donna Karan gave me a leather jacket that I’ve worn, and I’ve got a bright-red Bijan jacket.” Despite his lax aesthetic, King appreciated society’s trendsetters and tastemakers, highlighting stars and forever icons such as Elizabeth Taylor, Lady Gaga, and Jane Fonda. Not only a lauded journalist, King was an integral societal figure who rightly earned the respect of millions of onlookers, admirers, and high-profile figures. Nothing captures his standing in society more than the now-famous words of Lady Gaga: “Should I call you Larry or King Larry?” In remembrance of the media-mogul’s legacy, CR looks back at some of King’s best appearances, interview moments, and past-times.END
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