Most people know Gayle King as Oprah Winfrey's best friend and sidekick. But King was an established news anchor and talk show host before her friendship with the queen of all media became her pop culture definition.
King was born on Dec. 28, 1954, in Chevy Chase, Md. She grew up in both Turkey (her military father was stationed there and he took the family - Mom, King and three siblings - along) and Maryland. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in psychology and sociology.
She eventually found herself in broadcasting, working as a reporter and news anchor for a Kansas City, Mo., television station. That took her to Hartford, Conn., where King served as news anchor for a local station.
Though it is well known King first met Oprah when the two worked together at a Baltimore television station, long before the two became famous. King was a production assistant and Oprah was the station's news anchor.
Like her well-known friend, King was a talk show host for some time, co-hosting a short lived show called Cover to Cover and then headlining the self-titled The Gayle King Show in 1997. A similarly named radio show continues today on satellite radio.