Best of Masters: Larry King

In a career spanning nearly 60 years of broadcasting, legendary talk-show host Larry King has done more than 30,000 interviews, including every president from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama. After 25 years, he retired from his nationally syndicated, award-winning “Larry King Live” and moved into the digital world with his current project: an online series called “Larry King Now.” He has appeared as himself in numerous films and television programs and has published over 20 books including his autography, a novel, and a children's book with one of his daughters. After surviving several heart attacks and quintuple bypass surgery in 1987, he established the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to help those without insurance afford medical treatment.


Interviewed by Winn Claybaugh, Larry and his wife Shawn King shared their thoughts on “How to Balance My Career and All That Other Stuff.” We made this special recording in 1995, along with many other superstars, to benefit City of Hope. As you’ll see by our frequent mentions of “tape” and “audiotape,” this was long before CDs and downloadable MP3s! “Being with a worldwide superstar like Larry King at his home for this interview was nerve wracking,” Winn says, “but he made the experience fun and light, and he has since shown so much kindness and generosity. I love Larry King!”

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About: Winn Claybaugh is the author of Be Nice (Or Else!) and “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King, who wrote the foreword for the book. A national speaker for major corporations and a business owner for more than 30 years with over 16,000 people in his organization, Winn is the founder, co-owner, and dean of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division. Under Winn’s leadership and in keeping with their unique culture of giving back and building self-esteem, the 100-plus schools in the nationwide network have donated countless volunteer hours and raised more than $16.7 million for multiple charitable organizations.