While Larry King has been one of the most reputable media personalities in the United States of America, one thing that has made him even more popular is his long list of relationships and marriages. The ace TV show host has been married for eight times and his longest marriage ever is with none other than Shawn Southwick. The couple has been together for over two decades and counting.
Shawn Southwick is a renowned American actress, singer, and TV show host, famously known as the seventh wife of Larry King. From a Mormon household, Shawn began her singing career when she was a child and she grew to become a successful country musician. She later made her way into films and TV hosting. Her marriage with Larry King has kept her in the limelight for a very long time.
Guess you might be wondering what is so special about this gorgeous lady. Well, all that and more you’d find out in the following paragraphs.
Who Is Shawn Southwick and How Old is She?
On the 5th day of November 1959 in the Studio City of California, Karl and Gerri Engemann welcomed a daughter into their family. She was named Shawn Ora Engemann at birth, however, this later changed after she got married to her first husband, Daniel Southwick. Shawn grew up in California along with her three siblings – Paul Shannon and Ryan Engemann.
She developed a passion for the performing arts when she was very young. Coming from a lineage of successful music stars, Shawn’s father worked as the Chief of Artist & Repertoire at Capitol Records as well as the business manager of Marie Osmond. Her mother, on the other hand, was a studio singer known for her stints with legendary musicians like Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan. More so, she has an uncle Bob Engemann who was also a member of the American pop band, The Lettermen.
For her education, Shawn had her high school education at North Hollywood High School located in North Hollywood, California. From there she proceeded to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where she got her bachelor’s degree a few years later.
Surrounded by showbiz professionals, Shawn Southwick quickly made her way into the American entertainment industry soon after she left college. She kicked off her professional career, combining both her music career with acting. At the initial stages of her music career, she sang alongside established singers and groups like The Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, and many others. Some of her songs include In My Own Backyard and For Your Love, etc.
She made her acting debut in 1982 when she portrayed the role of Rita Wilcox in the TV series, Knight Rider. The following year, she appeared in TV shows including Monaco Forever, Cover Up, Remington Steele, and Hardcastle and McCormick. In the late ‘80s, she starred in other popular movies and TV shows such as The A-Team and Riptide (1985), Simon & Simon (1986), and Who’s the Boss? (1989). In the ‘90s, she was seen in films like Empty Nest (1990), Rover Dangerfield (1991), and Bombshell (1997). Recently, Shawn starred in films like All Kids Count (2011) and Christmas Eve (2015).
Asides from the acting, Shawn Southwick has equally hosted a good number of TV shows including Hollywood Insider on The USA Network.
Shawn Southwick’s Husband and Kids
Southwick has been married twice in her lifetime. Her first marriage was with a man named Daniel Southwick. The duo got hitched in October 1980 and their union produced a child named Danny Southwick. Born in 1981, Danny has gone on to become an American football quarterback. He plays for the Columbus Destroyers of the Arena Football League.
After her first marriage ended, Shawn Southwick fell in love with Larry King and in 1997, they exchanged marital vows. Together the couple has two children – Chance (b. 1999) and Cannon (b. 2000). Shawn and Larry King have been together for over two decades. While it was a second marriage for Shawn, it was the seventh for Larry who had previously married and divorced for six times.
Other Details About Larry King’s Wife
1. In the year 2008, Shawn made headlines as she was checked into rehab for an alleged overdose of painkillers.
2. Her marriage with Larry King hasn’t been all rosy as she was previously accused of having affairs with Richard Greene and Hector Penate.
3. Shawn Southwick and her husband jointly filed for a divorce in 2010. However, they have since reconciled.
4. She and her family currently reside in Beverly Hills, California alongside their five children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
5. Larry King’s wife stands tall at a towering height of 5 feet 11 inches.