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Larry King b. 1933

Award-winning television and radio host Larry King has interviewed more than forty thousand personalities during a half-century in broadcasting, including every U.S. president since Gerald Ford. Larry King Live, the first phone-in television talk show with a worldwide audience, debuted on CNN in June 1985. Among its highlights was a 1993 debate between then-Vice President Al Gore and Ross Perot on the North American Free Trade Agreement, which reached more than 16 million viewers and set a cable-television ratings record. King's guests have included politicians, sports figures, performers, authors, and other newsmakers. He has won an Emmy Award, two Peabody Awards, and 10 Cable ACE Awards.