In the 1980s Herring played a role in helping U.S. Representative Charlie Wilson persuade the American government to train and arm resistance fighters in Afghanistan to fend off Soviet troops, which invaded and then occupied the country in 1979. These events inspired the book Charlie Wilson's War ; Herring is portrayed by actress Julia Roberts in the 2007 film adaptation.
A fixture on the Houston social circuit, Herring became notorious for the lavish, decadent birthday party her husband threw for her in 1959. The "Roman orgy"-themed affair included period costumes and a mock slave auction, and was covered by Life magazine and various local news media. In the late 1950s, she began a 15-year-long hosting tenure for the self-titled daytime talk show "The Joanne King Show" on Houston's KHOU-TV station. By 1974, her show had moved to KPRC.
After her divorce from Robert King, by whom she had two sons, Beau and Robin, she met and married oilman Robert Herring after only five dates. During that time Joanne served as honorary consul to both Pakistan and Morocco. After Robert Herring's death, she married Lloyd Davis, owner of Fisk Electric.
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I'm a Glamorous Socialite Living in A22-Room Mansion. Julia Roberts Is Playing Me in Her New Movie. So How Come I Get Blamed for 9/ 11? Unlikely Spy ... Joanne Herring at Her Houston Mansion, Right, and with the Mujahideen in Afghanistan, above. Below: Julia Roberts as Joanne in the Film Charlie Wilson's War
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