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'Larry King Live' Anniversary: Marlon Brando's Kissing Picked as Memorable Moment

July 7, 2010 (3:11 am) GMT
The infamous smooch is chosen as a favorite moment by a string of celebrities including 'Glee' actor Matthew Morrison and 'Milk' star Sean Penn.

The spotlight was turned on during his Monday night, July 5 talk show - the famed newsman became the interviewee as took charge of a star-studded special episode celebrating the program's 25th anniversary. The TV veteran, who will quit CNN's "" later this year, became the star guest as business tycoon Trump stepped in to interview the newsman about his 25year stint on the show.

A slew of King's former interviewees, including , and , also paid tribute to the legendary TV host and asked their own probing questions in special video messages. Opening the show, Trump told the audience, "I'm Donald Trump and I'm turning the tables on Larry on his 25th anniversary at CNN."

He then asked King to name his favorite ever guest - and the interviewer picked iconic actor Marlon Brando. King revealed, "If I had to pick one - well, there's so many. It would probably be Brando... He entertained the entire crew. He was sweet. He was funny. At the end of the interview, he kissed me. He was responsive. He was an incredible guest. I never forgot Marlon Brando."

A string of celebrities also picked the 1994 Brando interview as the show's most memorable, thanks to the infamous smooch. Filmmaker Michael Moore and actor both pinpointed the Brando clip, while "" 's said in a video message, "My favorite Larry King memory was when Marlon Brando kissed him on the lips. Leaned over and gave him a big old smooch."

During the show, , , , Hilary Clinton and all gave video tributes, while , and former U.S. vice president Al Gore made jokes about King's love of suspenders (braces). Tarantino asked King who his sexiest ever female star guest was, to which he replied , while praised King's coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

As the show drew to an end, Pacino gave a touching anniversary message, saying, "Hi, Larry. It's me, Al, and I am here to congratulate you on your 25 years of working for CNN, Larry KIng Live. You still have the same energy, the same commitment, the same interest in other people and what they think and how they are feeling and what they got to say, and I think that is pretty amazing. So congratulations from me to you."

And King was delighted with the special edition show, telling Trump at the end: "Thanks for everything. I will never forget this, Donald."


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