Spoiled Children of Divorce

Exemplary Children – Richard Pryor and his Daughter Rain Pryor

The Comedian Richard Pryor is #1 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 top Stand-Up Comedians of All Time so he certainly belongs on the Exemplary Children list. But, of course, everyone knows that his exceptional gifts did not come without a huge price.

Pryor was raised in his Grandmother’s Brothel. His Mother was a Prostitute and his Father was his Mother’s pimp. Pryor’s Mother abandoned Pryor when he was 10 years old. He was expelled from School when he was 14. He joined the army when he was 18 and he spent most of his enlisted time in the army jail for committing a racially driven attack along with some of his buddies. This is the story on Wikipedia. I don’t how much of it is true and how much is hype. It’s generally accepted that Pryor had serious drug problems and later on he struggled with serious health problems. I personally cannot wear Polyester without worrying about whether or not I’ll blow myself up while free-basing and I don’t even do drugs. At any rate, it sounds like this may have been a fabricated story (no pun intended). It sounds like Pryor tried to commit suicide while in a drug induced psychotic state. He poured booze all over himself and set himself on fire.  The melting polyester complicated the situation. Pryor recently passed from complications due to Multiple Sclerosis.

But, meanwhile, Richard Pryor stood up on stage and opened people up to their problems and helped them to laugh about how difficult life is.

Wikipedia says that Richard Pryor fathered 7 kids. One of them is Rain Pryor.  Rain is the daughter of a Jewish GoGo Dancer on her Mother’s side and African American Stand Up Comic on her Father’s side. She was raised by her Maternal Grandparents who were successful showbiz folks. She talks about being rejected by both sides for being a “Half-breed”.

Rain’s parents divorced shortly after she was born and she didn’t meet her Father until she was 4 years old. Both parents suffered from severe Mental Illness. Rain attempted suicide twice when she was a kid. Since then she seems to have reconciled all the differences she grew up with. She is a succssful performer of her own who toured with her own show Fried Chicken and Latkes about growing up in her family situation and she has written a memoir called Jokes My Father Never Taught Me.  I’ve read only parts of her book.  Her spirit is very positive and inspiring.

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So glad she was able to overcome such a meshuganah background! What a lot of baggage to have to shlep around! But good for her! She should take a closer look at Judaism, though.

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