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King is latest Hollywood square

Times Staff Writer

Coming soon to Hollywood: Larry King Square.

Courtesy of Los Angeles City Hall, the intersection of Sunset and Cahuenga boulevards will be named in honor of the longtime CNN talk show host today.

Julie Wong, communications director for City Council President Eric Garcetti, said her boss sees the designation as “yet another sign of Hollywood’s second golden era,” with “entertainment and news programming such as ‘Larry King Live’ shooting right out of Hollywood.”

Wong said it is relatively rare to name squares in honor of people. The last one she could recall was naming East 3rd Street and Traction Avenue for Joel Bloom, the unofficial mayor of the downtown Arts District. Bloom’s square was approved shortly before he died of cancer last summer.

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King’s square, she said, honors the television host’s 50th anniversary in broadcast journalism.

King, 74, also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his 40th anniversary in television. “Larry King Live” debuted in 1985 and is among CNN’s most viewed shows.

King and Garcetti are scheduled to attend the square’s dedication today at 2 p.m., Wong said.

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joanna.lin@latimes.com


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