Larry King files for divorce from wife #7, Shawn Southwick, after 13 years of marriage
It was a big moment when Larry King met Shawn Southwick in 1997 outside Tiffany's in NYC: She not only became his seventh wife -- she would be his longest-lasting.
But after nearly 13 years in his eighth marriage (he married an earlier wife twice), the veteran broadcaster, 76, filed for divorce Wednesday in Los Angeles, his rep confirmed. Southwick-King, 50, filed her own papers minutes later, we're told; King will let her filing prevail.
"His major concern is the welfare of his children," publicist Howard Rubenstein told us. "Beyond that he has no further comment." The split was first reported by TMZ.
It was a surprising union from the start. She was a radiant blond Utahan, 37 when they met, an infomercial hostess with her own line of clip-on hair extensions. He was, well, Larry King. The smitten CNN host debuted his new girl at a D.C. dinner for Yasser Arafat in March 1997. By May she had a diamond. They were married quietly in September by a Mormon minister at King's bedside in an L.A. hospital after a heart scare. The bigger party -- with Ted Turner as best man and Jane Fonda as flower girl -- came a few weeks later.
He moved his show from D.C. to L.A., where she was trying to launch a singing career, and they very quickly had two sons: Chance, now 11, and Cannon, almost 10. He dedicated a book to her ("the answer to my prayers") and she serenaded him at their star-studded galas for his cardiac foundation. We'd seen less of them around here in recent years. In 2006, she was a victim of a sham doctor sent to prison for injecting women with toxic wrinkle-filler. In 2008, she went to rehab for painkiller addiction.
The Reliable Source
April 14, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
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