Bruce, Lenny

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Name
Bruce, Lenny Gender: M
born on 13 October 1925 at 11:24 (= 11:24 AM )
Place Mineola NY, USA, 40n45, 73w38
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: CAH
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 19°48' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 02°21 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 22°58'



Biography

American satirical nightclub comedian, known for biting and controversial subject matter, who changed the landscape of standup comedy and cleared the way for Richard Pryor, George Carlin and others. He wrote a largely fictionalized autobiography, "How to Talk Dirty and Influence People" in 1963. At one time he was married to a stripper and drug user, with whom he had one daughter before divorcing. He died of a heroin overdose on 8/03/1966 in Hollywood, CA.

Bruce was born Leonard Alfred Schneider and was influenced by an eccentric mother who was a dance teacher-turned-comedian. She had divorced his father, a podiatrist, when Bruce was still young. She introduced her son to the entertainment world by taking him to a Times Square burlesque show when he was 12.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 but got a discharge by dressing in drag. In 1948, he got his first big break on "Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts" where his skills earned him bookings at small clubs. After he married stripper Harriet Lloyd in 1951, he began working in Los Angeles strip joints. He and Harriet had one daughter, Kitty, born in 1955. They divorced in 1957 and Bruce won legal custody of his daughter, but spent little time with her.

In 1959, Bruce was given a shot at major television when he appeared on the Steve Allen show. He was billed as "King of the Sick Comics," and started selling out at nightclubs, recording albums and watching his notoriety grow. Bruce was famous for Catholic jokes and bathroom humor that he frequently had to defend in courtrooms.

In 1961, Lenny was arrested in Philadelphia for narcotic possession. He denounced law officials, implying bribes, which many think was why he was arrested five days later for using obscene language during a San Francisco appearance. A jury acquitted him, but he started getting arrested in nearly every city where he performed. The worst of his problems came during a 1964 appearance at New York City’s Café Au Go Go, when both he and the club owner were arrested.

He had beaten obscenity charges in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and was appealing one in Chicago when he went on trial in New York. Though many well-known names (Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer) compared him to other satirists like Mark Twain, he was convicted of obscenity 11/04/1964 and sentenced to four months in jail. He was dead of a heroin overdose (8/03/1966 in Hollywood) before the New York conviction was decided. On December 23, 2003, the comedian was granted a posthumous pardon by NY Governor George Pataki; this is the first poshumous pardon in New York state history. Pataki called his decision "a declaration of New York's commitment to upholding the First Amendment. "

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Events

  • Death by Suicide 3 August 1966 (Heroin overdose, age 40)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1963 (How to Talk Dirty...)
  • Work : Gain social status 23 December 2003 (granted a posthumous pardon 40 years after "crime"; first posthumous pardon in NY State history)
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  • Crime : Arrest 1961 (arrested for narcotics possession)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1951 (married Harriet Lloyd)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1955 (daughter born)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1957 (divorced Harriet Lloyd)
  • Work : Gain social status 1948 (got big break on TV)
  • Crime : Trial dates 4 November 1964 (convicted of obscenity charges)
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Source Notes

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Categories

  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Traumatic event (Wife drug user and stripper)
  • Vocation : Writers : Humor
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Died of overdose)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy (Satire)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Civil/ Political (Oscenity charges)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter)
  • Family : Childhood : Parents divorced (When he was young)
  • Family : Parenting : Hardship - Little money (Had custody but little time for child)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Discharge for dressing in drag)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville (Burlesque and club acts)

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