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Larry King files for divorce from wife #7, Shawn Southwick, after 13 years of marriage

Shawn and Larry King arriving at a 2007 party honoring his 50 years in broadcasting. (Stuart Ramson/AP)

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.

Shawn and Larry in happier times: In Washington shortly after they met, in 1997. (Photo by Annie Groer)

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.

Does 1997 suddenly feel like a long time ago? On the left, Beverly D'Angelo and Al Pacino; on the right, Jane Fonda and Ted Turner at a wedding party for Shawn Southwick and Larry King in November 1997 in Beverly Hills. (Danny Feld/AP)

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By The Reliable Source  |  April 14, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
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hope she gets what she wants...
wonder what he will do...

Posted by: DwightCollins | April 14, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

The picture of the three couples who are no longer together says it all.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | April 15, 2010 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Georgetowner1, well played! That was my immediate reaction as well. Guess the early bird gets the snark.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | April 15, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

She was just a chaste young virgin when she first timidly lay with Larry in the marital bed. Now she is a worldly woman with a taste for something other then gristle.

Perhaps Larry would do better if he did not marry the hookers?

Posted by: JackStar | April 15, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Uh, I wrote that she probably found someone less repulsive and closer to her age--and that got deleted BUT a comment by JackStar calling all women who marry Larry King "hookers" did not?!!


Posted by: chunche | April 15, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

hope she gets what she wants...
wonder what he will do...

Posted by: DwightCollins

~~~She got what she wanted, an old duck wih money. She immediately had kids for that future unending child support. Her life is secure, she will now go find a young, handsome husband!

He will remarry. He is addicted to marriage, it inflates his enourmous ego.

Posted by: cashmere1 | April 15, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

He looks like a living dead.

I wonder how she managed for 13 years to wake up next to this corpse. Hopefully she slept in her own room.

Posted by: Silly_Willy_Bulldog | April 15, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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