Rain Pryor

Last updated
Rain Pryor
Rain Pryor at AJFF (24796504631).jpg
Born (1969-07-16) July 16, 1969 (age 51)
Occupation
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)
    Kevin Kindlin
    (m. 2002;div. 2006)
      Yale Partlow
      (m. 2007;div. 2012)
        David Vane
        (m. after 2018)
Children1
Parent(s)
Website http://www.rainpryor.com

Rain Pryor (born July 16, 1969) is an American actress and comedian. She is the daughter of comedian Richard Pryor.

Contents

Early life

Pryor was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Shelley R. (née Bonus) [1] and comedian Richard Pryor. Rain Pryor's mother was a Jewish go-go dancer and Rain was largely raised with her Jewish maternal grandparents, who taught her about Jewish culture. [2] Her award-winning solo show Fried Chicken and Latkes explores racism in the late 1960s and early 1970s. [3] In regard to her background, Pryor has joked that while growing up she felt "proud, but guilty about it." [4]

Pryor graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1987.

Career

She went on to star in the ABC series Head of the Class in the role of Theola June 'T.J.' Jones. Pryor's role was created from a series of characters she performed at her audition for the producers. Pryor starred for several years as Jackie, the lipstick-lesbian drug addict on the Showtime series Rude Awakening , and has guest-starred on network television series such as The Division and Chicago Hope . She has appeared numerous times on both The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno , as well as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson , and The Tavis Smiley Show .

Rain's stage credits include playing the title role of Billie Holiday in the UK tour of the Billie Holiday Story and the title role of Ella Fitzgerald in the UK premiere of Ella, Meet Marilyn. She performed in the Los Angeles productions of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues with Nora Dunn (of Saturday Night Live fame) and Charlene Tilton; Joan by Linda Chambers, in which she portrayed Joan of Arc; Cookin' With Gas, with the Groundlings improvisation troupe; The Exonerated with critically acclaimed actor Aidan Quinn; and The Who's Tommy at the La Jolla Playhouse. [5]

Pryor is also a jazz/blues vocalist since 1993, having played to sold-out crowds in Los Angeles, DC, Hong Kong, Scotland and London, where she released a performance CD, Rain Pryor Live in London. Her live cabaret show received four stars[ clarification needed ] and was critically acclaimed[ by whom? ] "not to be missed."

Pryor created and toured in the award-winning show based on her life, Fried Chicken and Latkes, in 2004 and 2005. She appeared in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006.

In 2012, Rain was named the artistic director of Baltimore's Strand Theater.

In 2015, Rain received the inaugural British Urban Film Festival honorary award from Ellen Thomas (actress) on behalf of her father for his outstanding contribution to film and television. The festival also screened the UK premiere of "That Daughter's Crazy" a documentary about her life, living in the spotlight of her famous father.

Author

Harper Collins published her book Jokes My Father Never Taught Me in 2006.

Personal life

In 2002, Pryor married family therapist Kevin Kindlin; they divorced in 2006.

In 2007, she began dating Yale Partlow, a Baltimore nursing student/meditation teacher [6] who later became a police officer. [7] After many miscarriages, [8] she gave birth to their daughter Lotus Marie on April 1, 2008. [9] [10] Partlow and Pryor divorced in 2014. Pryor currently resides in Baltimore with daughter Lotus and husband, Dave Vane. [11]

Awards and nominations

Related Research Articles

Jessica Tandy British-American actress

Jessie Alice Tandy was an English-American actress. Tandy appeared in over 100 stage productions and had more than 60 roles in film and TV, receiving an Academy Award, four Tony Awards, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award.

Redd Foxx American comedian and actor

John Elroy Sanford, better known by his stage name Redd Foxx, was an American stand-up comedian and actor. Foxx gained success with his raunchy nightclub acts during the 1950s and 1960s. Known as the "King of the Party Records", he performed on more than 50 records in his lifetime. He portrayed Fred G. Sanford on the television show Sanford and Son and starred in The Redd Foxx Show and The Royal Family. His film projects included All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960), Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970), Norman... Is That You? (1976) and Harlem Nights (1989).

Richard Pryor American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic, writer, and MC

Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential stand-up comedians of all time.

Joan Rivers American comedian, actress, and television host

Joan Alexandra Molinsky, known professionally as Joan Rivers, was an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and television host. She was noted for her often controversial comedic persona—heavily self-deprecating and sharply acerbic, especially towards celebrities and politicians.

Robin Quivers American radio presenter

Robin Ophelia Quivers is an American radio personality, author, and actress, best known for being the long-running news anchor and co-host of The Howard Stern Show.

Phyllis Diller American stand-up comedian, actress, author, musician and artist

Phyllis Ada Diller was an American stand-up comedian, actress, author, musician and artist, best known for her eccentric stage persona, self-deprecating humor, wild hair and clothes, and exaggerated, cackling laugh.

Pam Grier American actress

Pamela Suzette Grier is an American actress. She achieved fame for her starring roles in a string of 1970s action, blaxploitation and women in prison films for American International Pictures and New World Pictures, most notably Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974). Her other major films during this period included The Big Doll House (1971), Women in Cages (1971), The Big Bird Cage (1972), Black Mama, White Mama (1973), Scream Blacula Scream (1973), The Arena (1974), Sheba, Baby (1975), Bucktown (1975), and Friday Foster (1975).

Paul Mooney (comedian) American comedian, writer, social critic, television and film actor

Paul Gladney, better known by the stage name Paul Mooney, is an American comedian, writer, social critic, and television and film actor. He is best known as a writer for comedian Richard Pryor; playing singer Sam Cooke in The Buddy Holly Story (1978) and Junebug in Bamboozled (2000); and his appearances on Chappelle's Show.

Susie Essman

Susan Essman is an American stand-up comedian, actress, writer and television producer, best known for her role as Susie Greene on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bobbi Wexler on Broad City, and the voice of Mittens in Bolt.

Franklyn Ajaye American stand-up comedian and actor

Franklyn Ajaye is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. His nickname is "The Jazz Comedian" for his distinctive jazz-inflected style of delivery, timing, and astute use of silence. He released a series of comedy albums starting in 1973 and has acted in film and television shows from the 1970s through the present, including as a primary character in the 1976 ensemble comedy Car Wash and a supporting role in the Sam Peckinpah-directed Convoy (1978).

Wendy Liebman

Wendy Liebman is an American stand-up comedian. Her standup style involves the use of gently paced, subtle wordplay.

Andrew J. Lederer

Andrew J. Lederer is a New York-based comedian who has also starred in low-budget movies and worked in writing and production.

<i>The Blot</i> 1921 film by Lois Weber, Phillips Smalley

The Blot is a 1921 American silent drama film directed by Lois Weber, who also co-wrote and produced the film. The film tackles the social problem of genteel poverty, focusing on a struggling family. It stars Philip Hubbard, Margaret McWade, Claire Windsor, and Louis Calhern.

Lauren Shuler Donner American film producer

Lauren Diane Shuler Donner is an American film producer, who specializes in mainstream youth and family-oriented entertainment. She owns The Donners' Company with her husband, director Richard Donner. Her films have grossed about $4.5 billion worldwide, mostly due to the X-Men film series.

Trevor Noah South African comedian

Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, television host, producer, writer, political commentator, and actor. He is the host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central.

Leslie Jones (comedian) American comedian and actress

Annette "Leslie" Jones is an American comedian and actress who was a cast member and writer on Saturday Night Live from 2014 to 2019. Jones has been a featured performer at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and the Aspen Comedy Festival. In 2010, her one-hour comedy special, Problem Child, was broadcast on Showtime. Jones starred in Ghostbusters (2016) as Patty Tolan. In 2017 and 2018, Jones was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Saturday Night Live.

<i>Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic</i>

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic is a 2013 American biographical documentary film directed by Marina Zenovich, who also writing with P.G. Morgan and Chris A. Peterson. The film is about the life of comedian and actor Richard Pryor.

Jamie Masada is an American businessman and comedian. He is the founder of the Laugh Factory, a chain of comedy clubs in several states.

Marlene Weinstock, more commonly known by her stage name Lotus Weinstock, was an American stand-up comedian, author, musician, and actress.

Marina Zenovich is an American filmmaker known for her biographical documentaries. Her films include LANCE, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic and Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, which won two Emmy awards.

References

  1. Teresa Wiltz (December 6, 2006). "Time to Laugh, Time to Cry". The Washington Post .
  2. "Rain Pryor on How Her Jewish Mother and 'Genius' Father Richard Inspired Her Solo Show Fried Chicken and Latkes".
  3. "Rain Pryor: Pouring The Tea". Journals.aol.com. November 1, 2006. Archived from the original on January 15, 2007. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  4. "Multiracial Celebrities". Blackflix.com. 1972-11-06. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  5. "Rain Pryor & Mixed Rain Productions Inc - Home". Rainpryor.com. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  6. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2008-06-01/news/0806010005_1_dust-beach-diet-dixon The Baltimore Sun.
  7. Pressley, Nelson (20 September 2012). "Rain Pryor: Drought buster for Baltimore's Strand Theater?" via washingtonpost.com.
  8. http://www.biography.com/people/rain-pryor-21093215?page=1 After multiple miscarriages, the couple had a daughter, Lotus Marie, on April 1, 2008.
  9. "RAIN PRYOR PREGNANT WITH FIRST BABY". 5 February 2008.
  10. "Page Not Found".Cite uses generic title (help)
  11. "Big girls find a home here".