Larry King conducted more than 50,000 interviews during his storied career. Here are some of his most memorable:
King called his 1988 sitdown with the iconic crooner one of his favorites. During the segment, the mighty Sinatra called writers of kiss-and-tell books “pimps and whores” and he confided that he never got over his stage fright. “I swear on my mother’s soul,” Sinatra revealed, “the first four or five seconds, I tremble every time I take the step and I walk out of the wing onto the stage.”
King scored his infamous 1994 Q&A with “The Godfather” star only because the screen icon was contractually obligated to do one interview to promote his memoir, “Songs My Mother Taught Me,” and chose King. Viewers were treated to the sight of the bloated, reclusive Brando’s pudgy bare feet while he and King sang a brief duet. Brando told King he was out of tune — and planted a goodbye kiss on King’s lips.
King managed to corral the two remaining members of Fab Four, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, in 2007 to promote the launch of “LOVE,” the Beatles’ Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show. Also on hand were Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. Key moment: King mistakenly called Ringo “George.”
Unlike many who forgave King’s tendency to occasionally lose the plot, Seinfeld wasn’t having it in 2007 when King asked him if “Seinfeld” had been canceled after nine years or if Seinfeld had decided to end the show. “Do you think I was canceled?” Seinfeld barked. “I thought that was pretty well documented, Larry. Do you know who I am? 75 million viewers on the last show, Larry.” A sheepish King quickly went to a commercial break.
In sunglasses and King-style slicked-back hair and suspenders, Lady Gaga commandeered much of her 2010 interview from a bemused King, talking about a tour that never materialized with Michael Jackson, quitting cocaine, picking up bar tabs, rejection and her battle with lupus.
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Source: Page Six