Shawn Southwick is an American singer who has been making waves all over the globe since she was very young. At the age of 3, she started to appear on commercials and as a backup singer for many prominent artists like The Beach Boys, Herb Alpert, and Neil Diamond. She is also an actress who has guest-starred in many hit movies and television series including Saturday’s Warriors, Rover Dangerfield and Christmas Eve. The tall actress has hosted many famous TV shows which includes Hollywood Insider and The Spectacular World of Guinness Records but her biggest shot to fame came about when she became the seventh wife of the iconic radio and TV host, Larry King in 1997.
Shawn Southwick’s Age and Biography
Southwick was born as Shawn Ora Engemann in Studio City, California, USA on 5th November 1959 to her parents Karl Engemann and Geri Engemann. Southwick began showing strong interest in the showbiz right from a very young age. when she performed as a backup singer for many eminent musicians of her time including Bobby Sherman, The Beach Boys, and Neil Diamond as well as appearing in several commercials like Nat King Cole Christmas Special and Oscar Meyer Wiener commercials at the age of 3. Shawn Southwick has not backed off since then.
Regarding her educational endeavors, she is an alumna of North Hollywood High School, California. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
Following her graduation from the university, the elegant singer dabbled in the movie industry as an actress, making her first movie appearance as Pam Flinders in the 1974 film, Saturday’s Warrior. Shawn Southwick also appeared alongside her husband, Larry King in the 2018 film, Starlight. She went on to feature in many blockbuster films and TV series which includes, Remington Steele, Monaco Forever, Christmas Eve and several others.
In addition, Shawn Southwick made several appearances on numerous mid-80s prime time television shows like Hardcastle, The A-Team, Riptide, McCormick and Knight Rider. More so, she was quite famous as the host of the famed TV show, Hollywood Insider. The adroit actress was ushered into the limelight when she became the 7th wife of the iconic TV host, Larry King at Los Angeles hospital room when he was preparing for surgery on 5th September 1997. Concerning her religion, she is a fellow of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Shawn Southwick was born into a family that has carved a niche for themselves in the entertainment world. Southwick’s father, Karl Engemann was the head of Capitol Records’ Artist and Repertoire and the business administrator of the famed actress and singer, Marie Osmond. Her mother, Geri Engemann was a female vocalist for superstars like Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan and also performed with the likes of Ray Conniff. Her elder brother, Paul and younger sister Shannon were also popular musicians, while her paternal uncle, Bob Engemann was a pioneer fellow of a three-man legendary 1960 vocal band, The Lettermen. Shawn Southwick collaborated with her brother, Paul in the 1975 song, For Your Love which reached No. 91 in the national charts.
Facts About Larry King’s Wife
1. Shawn Southwick’s Controversy
Larry King’s wife has been in two major controversies, first in 2008 when rumors had it that she checked into rehab as a result of suffering from anorexia and depression. It was later revealed from a reliable source that Shawn Southwick went to rehab because of her addiction to painkillers, following the constant migraine she had been suffering since childhood.
Then in 2010, she was involved in infidelity scandals with Richard Greene and her son’s coach, Hector Penate. She strongly refuted both allegations which threatened the stability of her marriage with Larry King whom she also accused of having a sexual relationship with her sister, Shannon. However, the couple rescinded their divorce petitions on 7th July 2010.
2. Her First Marriage
Shawn Southwick first went down the aisle with Daniel Southwick on 24th October 1980. The couple welcomed their only child, Danny on 28th September 1981 before the marriage hit rock bottom.
3. Shawn Southwick’s Marriage to Larry King
The talented actress exchanged marital vows for the second time with the iconic TV presenter, Larry King on 5th September 1997. The couple shares two sons, Chance Armstrong King, born on 9th March 1999 and Canon Edward King, born on 22nd May 2000.
4. She is the Mother of an AFL Player
The amazing singer’s first son, Danny Southwick is an American Football quarterback for the Arena Football League team, Columbus Destroyers. He has played for many AFL teams including Louisville Fire and Oakland Raiders.
5. Her Height
The beautiful wife of Larry King stands at a great height of 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m).