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Lenny BruceLeonard Alfred Schneider or more commonly known as Lenny Bruce was a comedian afamily man drug addict and philosopher A conventional Jewish child from Long Island who joked about homosexuality drugs religion and race Arguably he paved the way for the comicsof today paying the price for being twenty years ahead of his time Addicted to vulgarity anddrugs he became a regular in courtrooms across America The humiliation he caused aPhiladelphia judge is thought to be another reason he spent so much time in court His untimelydeath still stirs speculation of murder rather than just another junkie that overdosedBruce was born on October 13 1925 in Long Island New York His father worked as anorthopedic shoe salesman who spoiled his only child while his mother was his best friend WhenBruce was eight-years-old his parents divorced In 1936 his father remarried and along withBruce they lived a conventional life However the jazz musicians and drug influences around himimpacted him and the way he talked At age seventeen Bruce joined the Navy But after twoyears of fighting fascists he became tired of it He went to the medical officers proclaiming thathe was obsessed with homosexuality Shortly after he was dishonorably discharged Hendra 115 Once he came home his father had offered him a job selling orthopedic shoes HoweverBruce had other plans he wanted to be a comedian Bruce started as an impressionist althoughhe was not very good In 1948 the Arthur Godfreys Talent Scouts Show offered Bruce atelevision appearance and a chance perform his act Few bookings were made after that broadcastBruces career had started slowly making appearances at strip clubs and performing his actHarriet Lloyd or Honey was a stripper at one of the clubs where he performed And in 1951she became his wife Kronke Together they moved to Los Angeles and did acts that hedirected Bruce and his new wife soon expanded the family-having a girl whom they called KittyEven with his new family
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