Larry King

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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

Larry King says of his approach, "an interview is an interview. It's basically who, what, where, when and why. And while it is certainly kind of an exalted place to sit with the Prime Minister of Great Britain or the president of a country, it's still… 'why do you do what you do? How do you feel about what you do? What do you think about what's happening in the world?' It comes down to an interviewer is an interviewer. I never sat down with a President of the United States or a world leader or head of a country and thought, 'whew, this is the head of a country -- I have to be different!' I'm still every man. What would a guy in the street say to Chirac of France if you had a chance to talk to him?" In his three and a half-hour Archive interview, Larry King talks about his early broadcasting career in radio and television from such stations as WPST-TV [WPLG-TV] and WIOD-Radio in Miami and his break into national television with "The Larry King Show" on radio and his long-running interview show Larry King Live on CNN, beginning in 1985. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the three-part interview in North Hollywood CA on October 29, December 2, 2009 and February 16, 2010.

"Be yourself. Don't try to be Larry King. Don't be someone else. Be curious. Listen. Listening is more important than what you ask.  Because you learn a lot by listening. My motto: I never learned a thing when I was talking." 

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Highlights
Larry King on being parodied
Larry King on how he'd like to be remembered
Larry King on the future of the television medium
Larry King on playing himself in movies, television shows
Larry King on Larry King Live's legacy
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years growing up in Brooklyn
On the beginning of his radio career
On his start in television (on Miami Undercover); on his association with Jackie Gleason and Frank Sinatra
On hosting his syndicated radio show

Chapter 2

On his approach to interviewing
On his legal troubles involving conspiracy in a later investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
On his transition from radio to television; on being considered for a CNN show at the network's 1980 launch

Chapter 3

On the genesis and production aspects of his show Larry King Live
On his trademark suspenders; on his interview style on Larry King Live
On some of the personalities he's interviewed over the years including Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, George Burns, Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Paul McCartney, Tammy Faye Bakker, Liz Taylor, Dan Rather, and Sharon Stone
On interviewing every U.S. President since Richard Nixon

Chapter 4

On his interviews with world leaders
On covering news and political events on Larry King Live

Chapter 5

On the tabloid nature of news; on how guests are chosen on Larry King Live
On the legacy of Larry King Live; on his advice to aspiring hosts; on his family; on how he'd like to be remembered
Shows

Larry King Live

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Larry King on his approach to interviewing
Larry King the production aspects hosting Larry King Live 
Larry King on some of his memorable interviewees
Larry King on interviewing world leaders
Larry King on covering major news stories on Larry King Live
Larry King on hosting the November 9, 1993 debate between Al Gore and Ross Perot
Larry King on the advent of tabloid and sensationalist news
Larry King on how long he forsees doing Larry King Live
Larry King on the legacy of Larry King Live, "we wrote our page in television" history. It is the longest-running show hosted by one person

Miami Undercover

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Larry King on hosting his first TV show, Miami Undercover

Simpsons, The

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Larry King on his guest-appearances on The Simpsons as himself
Topics

9/11

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Larry King on his experiences during 9/11

Barack Obama

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Larry King on the election of President Barack Obama

Bill Clinton

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Larry King on the Bill Clinton - Monica Lewinsky story

Characters & Catchphrases

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Larry King on his trademark suspenders

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Larry King on his advice to anyone who wants to become an interviewer "you never learn a thing when you're talking"; on being interviewed

Fame and Celebrity

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Larry King on playing himself in movies, television shows

George W. Bush

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Larry King on President George W. Bush

JFK Assassination and Funeral

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Larry King on his legal troubles involving conspiracy in a later investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Pop Culture

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Larry King on meeting Paul McCartney and on Arthur Fiedler's remarks about The Beatles
Larry King on his trademark suspenders
Larry King on his distaste for tabloid news
Larry King on the public's fascination with tabloid news; he prefers sports

Rock 'n' Roll on TV (1950s & '60s)

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Larry King on meeting Paul McCartney and on Arthur Fiedler's remarks about The Beatles

Technological Innovation

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Larry King on the future of the television medium

Television and the Presidency

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Larry King on interviewing U.S. Presidents
Genres

Talk Shows

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Larry King on his advice to anyone who wants to become an interviewer "you never learn a thing when you're talking"; on being interviewed
People

Yasser Arafat

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Larry King on interviewing Yassir Arafat

Red Barber

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Larry King on meeting his childhood idol, Red Barber

Marlon Brando

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Larry King on Marlon Brando (and the kiss on Larry King Live )

George Burns

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Larry King on George Burns

George W. Bush

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Larry King on President George W. Bush

Bill Clinton

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Larry King on interviewing U.S. Presidents
Larry King on the Bill Clinton - Monica Lewinsky story

Bill Cosby

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Larry King on Bill Cosby

Bette Davis

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Larry King on Bette Davis

Arthur Fiedler

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Larry King on meeting Paul McCartney; on Arthur Fiedler's remarks about The Beatles

Jackie Gleason

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Larry King on his relationship with Jackie Gleason

Mikhail Gorbachev

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Larry King on interviewing Mikhail Gorbachev

Al Gore

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Larry King on hosting the November 9, 1993 debate between Al Gore and Ross Perot

Bob Hope

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Larry King on Bob Hope

Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

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Larry King on interviewing the 14th Dalai Lama

Jerry Lewis

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Larry King on Jerry Lewis

Nelson Mandela

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Larry King on interviewing Nelson Mandela

Paul McCartney

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Larry King on meeting Paul McCartney; on Arthur Fiedler's remarks about The Beatles

Tammy Faye Bakker Messner

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Larry King on Tammy Faye Bakker

Richard M. Nixon

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Larry King on interviewing U.S. Presidents

Barack Obama

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Larry King on the election of President Barack Obama

Sean Penn

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Larry King on Bette Davis

Ross Perot

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Larry King on hosting the November 9, 1993 debate between Al Gore and Ross Perot

Dan Rather

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Larry King on Dan Rather

Frank Sinatra

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Larry King on his relationship with Jackie Gleason

Sharon Stone

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Larry King on Sharon Stone

Elizabeth Taylor

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Larry King on Elizabeth Taylor

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