Rain Pryor

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Rain Pryor
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Born (1969-07-16) July 16, 1969 (age 53)
Years active1988–present
    Kevin Kindlin
    (m. 2002;div. 2006)
      Yale Partlow
      (m. 2007;div. 2012)
        David Vane
        (m. 2018)

Rain Pryor is an American actress and comedian. Her television credits include sitcoms Head of the Class and Rude Awakening . She is the daughter of comedian Richard Pryor.


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.[ citation needed ]


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 .

Pryor'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 has also performed as 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."[ citation needed ]

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, Pryor was named the artistic director of Baltimore's Strand Theater.[ citation needed ]

In 2015, Pryor received the inaugural British Urban Film Festival honorary award from Ellen Thomas 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.


HarperCollins 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. [6]

Awards and nominations

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