Why the Ladies Love Larry King

He's 76, married to a woman almost 30 years his junior and now is divorcing his seventh wife.

It sounds like a plotline from "One Life to Live," but instead this is the real life of Larry King.

On Wednesday, King filed for divorce for the eighth time (he married wife Alene Akins twice), this time from Shawn Southwick, 50, with whom he has two children, Chance and Cannon King. Later the same day, Southwick also filed for divorce. Both spouses claimed irreconcilable differences.

The couple did not have a prenuptial agreement, "Access Hollywood" reported Friday. King's attorney confirmed the report, but said there was "another agreement in place."

Either way, it may be one more sign that the King divorce battle will have twists and turns. Already, there are reports that the couple is fighting over child custody and that both spouses may have been cheating on each other at one time or another

In any event, King is back on the market.

The longest he ever has gone without being married is five years, so bachelorettes should get ready. If history repeats itself, America could see another Mrs. King soon.

Larry the Sex-Appeal King?

But with the possibility of an impending King wedding, the question becomes who would want to date, marry and consummate a relationship with a man so close to being in his 80s. Really, why do so many ladies seem to love Larry King?

"Larry is hot!" Joy Behar said on Thursday's "The View." "He's a sex machine, OK? It's running on kerosene, but still."

There must be something about Larry King that draws in beautiful women because he definitely dates lookers. In the past, he has been connected to Angie Dickinson and beauty queen Rama Fox.

"My mother in law made me realize that this guy had something that women found very attractive," Paul Levinson, a professor of communications and media studies at Fordham University, told ABCNews.com. "She listened to him religiously in the early '80s before he had a television show. She would stay up all night just listening to him on the radio."

Larry King and Shawn Southwick at Vanity Fair's Oscar party in 2006.

King's calming nature piques women's interest, Levinson said.

"He's relaxing and non-threatening, and to women who want a sort of shelter, that is very attractive," Levinson said. "Also, his combination of age, voice and demeanor make him attractive to women. He is seen as a grandfatherly figure. He is endearing and not correct 100 percent of the time and he apologizes, and that kind of flavor makes women feel comfortable."

Larry King and Shawn Southwick in 2004.

"He has all the good qualities of maturity," said Michael Musto, entertainment columnist for the Village Voice. "He is a paternal figure who may not know all the answers, but he knows all the questions."

Musto said reports of possible infidelity with his wife's sister may make him even more appealing to women.

"That does make him a very sexual being," Musto said, "And that might even make him a hottie in some people's eyes."

Carole Lieberman, who has appeared in panels on King's show, said that ladies love the power that he portrays.

"Power is an aphrodisiac," Lieberman told ABCNews.com. "If you're Larry's wife, you're one of the 'first ladies' of Hollywood, which is arguably more fun than being the first lady in Washington. You get invited to all the best parties, get to hobnob with all the newsmakers of the day, and get all sorts of other perks. You become rich and famous by association."

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