Richard Pryor - Personal Life

Richard Pryor was born on 1st of December 1940 and died on 19th of December 2005. Richard Pryor's full name is Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III and his nicknames were Richie, Dickie, Dick and Rich. Richard Pryor was 5'10" (1.78m)tall. Richard Pryor was the son of Gertude, a prostitute and Buck Carter (aka LeRoy Pryor). Richard Pryor's father was a bartender, boxer and veteran of WWII.

Richard Pryor's mother died when the comedian was 27 years old and his father died one year later, in 1968. In 1946, at only six year old , Richard Pryor was molested by a neighbor and later by a Cartolic priest during catechism.

Richard Pryor watched his mother while she performed sexual acts with Peoria's mayor, so the comedian's childhood was very troubled.Richard Pryor's mother abandoned him at the age of 10, and the comedian was raised in his grandmother's brothel.

Richard Pryor's grandmother, Marie Carter, was a violeent woman, who used to beat often Richar Pryor.As a child, Richard Pryor used to escape from his problems, by going to the local cinema and spending time with heroes like John Ford and Howard Hawks and imagine how it will be for him to become a star like them.

In 1952, at the age of 12, Richard Pryor first stand up  performance took place, in a local production of Rumplestiltskin. Juliette Whittaker that casted him, was so impressed by Richard Pryor's talent, that he arranged talent shows for him and influenced his career.

Expelled from school

In 1954, Richard Pryor was expelled from school for a petty offense and started working as janitor at a strip club, truck driver , billiard hall attendant or playing drums at a night club. From 1958 to 1960, Richard Pryor served in the US Army, but the comedian spent most of his army duty in prison. Richard Pryor was incarcerated because along with other balck soldiers, beat and stabbed a white soldier who had made racial remarks.

During this time, comedian's girlfriend gave birth to a girl named Renee, that years later was proven not to be his child. In 1960, Richard Pryor and Patricia Price got married and had one son, Richard JR. Richard Pryor and Patricia Price divorced one year later, in 1961.

In 1967, Richard Pryor's girlfriend Maxine Anderson, gave birth to his daughter, Elizabeth Ann. The same year, Richard Pryor married Shelly Bonus.In 1969, Richard Pryor's wife, Shelly, gave birth to his daughter , Rain Pryor, but later that year, Richard Pryor and Shelly got divorced.

In 1974, Richard Pryor served 10 days in jail, being arrested for income tax evasion.In 1977, Richard Pryor married Deborah McGuire, but he divorced her one year later, in 1978 and in 1981, Richard Pryor married Jeniffer Lee, but of course, they divorced one year later, in 1982.

Suicide attempt

In June 1981, Richard Pryor tried to kill himself and set himself on fire, but he was taken to the hospital and he was treated for the burns covering more than half of his body and the comedian spent six weeks in recovery at Sherman Oaks Hospital.

At that time, Richard Pryor and his management stated that it was an accident, but years later, Richard Pryor's wife, Jennifer Lee gave an interview in 2005 and said that Richard Pryor poured high-proof rum over his body and set himself on fire, because of a drug induced psychosis.

Also, Richard Pryor told the truth in a TV interview with Barbara Walters during his recovery.His fire incident was included into Richard Pryor's stand up comedy show "Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip", in 1982. In 1986, Richard Pryor married Flynn Belaine, but the comedian got divorced one year later, in 1987.

The comedian Richard Pryor remarried Flynn Belaine in 1990, but they divorced again in July 1991.In 1986, Richard Pryor discovered that he is suffering from multiple scerosis, but he announced public only 5 years later, in 1991. Also, in 1990, Richard Pryor suffered a massive heart attack and underwent triple bypass surgery.

On 29th of June 2001, the comedian Richard Pryor remarried Jennifer Lee and he stayed with her until the end of his life. Richard Pryor married five different woman. The comedian was married seven times , twice with the same woman.

Pryor was married seven times to five different women:

1. Patricia Price (1960-1961) (divorced) with 1 child named Richard Pryor, Jr.

2. Shelly Bonus (1967-1969) (divorced) with 1 child named Rain Pryor.

3. Deborah McGuire ( September 22, 1977- 1979) (divorced)

4. Jennifer Lee (August 1981 - October 1982) (divorced)

5. Flynn Belaine (October 1986 - July 1987) (divorced) with 1 child

6. Flynn Belaine (1 April 1990 - July 1991) (divorced) with 1 child 7.

7. Jennifer Lee (29 June 2001 - 10 December 2005 (his death)

All of his wives, except Belaine accused Richard Pryor of domestic violence and abuse, the reason of his behaviour being his druge use. Deborah McGuire accused the comedian of shooting her car , but later si dropped the charges against him.

Richard Pryor's video  Live in Concert , mentions  the incident. Jeniffer Lee acused Richard Pryor of beating and attempting to strangle her, and she didn't move in with him after they remarried.Richard Pryor had seven children: Renee, Richard Jr., Elizabeth, Rain, Steven, Franklin and Kelsey.

Heart attack related death

On 10th of December 2005, the great comedian, called the godfather of modern comedy, died of heart attack in Encino, California, after a long battle with ill health.

Richard Pryor died 9 days after his 65th birthday. The comedian Richard Pryor was brought to hospital after his wife, Jennifer tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him and he died at7:58 a.m. Richard Pryor was cremated and his ashes were given to family and friends.

One of the things unknown to many about Richard Pryor is the fact that the comedian was fighting against animal cruelty and that he sustained many campaigns against fast food chains ans circus shows, being concerned about the plight of elephants in circuses and zoos. PETA, the animal right organization gives out an award in Pryor's name.Posthumously, Richard Pryor was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

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