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October 25, 1992 | BILLY FROLICK, Billy Frolick is writing a book on Hollywood for Dutton.
A Friday night capacity crowd has huddled into the Comedy Store's main room. Accommodations are being made to squeeze in a few latecomers--Al Pacino, super-agent Guy McElwaine, film directors John Singleton and Peter Bogdanovich. On the small stage, impressionist Roxanne Reese finishes a well-received set. Leaning into the microphone, she smiles widely: "Please welcome a man who is too legit to quit--Richard Pryor!"
RICHARD PRYOR--who is developing ideas for his film company, Indigo Productions, and planning to get back into recording stand-up comedy--has sold his Bel-Air home for $3.5 million, sources say. The 51-year-old comedian, who was reported to have multiple sclerosis in a 1986 diagnosis and underwent quadruple-bypass surgery last June, is "doing well, thinking positive and looking forward to doing some recording," his agent said last week.
November 23, 1991 | JANICE ARKATOV
Rain Pryor doesn't want to be a funny tomboy anymore. "I did that for three years on 'Head of the Class,' " says the actress, 22, who's currently playing "a rebellious, very womanlike" Joan of Arc in Linda Chambers' "Joan" at the Globe Playhouse in Hollywood. "I wanted people to see a softer side, a dramatic side. I'm not just a comedic actress. The industry has (made) me a comedic actress because of the last name--I'm supposed to be Funny Girl."
September 1, 1991 | Ralph Wiley, Wiley is the author of "Why Black People Tend to Shout" (Birch Lane Press)
Throughout that gray, ominous decade of the '70s, the most trenchant observations on the directions, meanings and underlying, unutterable frustrations of many American lives could be gathered most accurately from selected books of the New Testament and the piercing monology of Richard Pryor. That Pryor was a stand-up comic-- the comedian, the authors of "If I Stop I'll Die" would have you know--wasn't beside the point.
March 23, 1990 | From a Times Staff Writer
Comedian Richard Pryor was in stable condition today in a Brisbane hospital after suffering a minor heart attack three days ago, hospital officials said. Pryor was admitted Tuesday to Wesley Hospital after complaining of chest pains, according to hospital spokeswoman Janice Wyatte. She said doctors diagnosed a "minor heart attack" after conducting tests on the 49-year-old entertainer. She said Pryor has been in "very stable condition" since his admission, and has suffered no complications.
March 23, 1990 | From Times wire services
Comedian Richard Pryor was in good spirits and making jokes about his plight today after being hospitalized following a minor heart attack, his agent said. Pryor, 49, was listed in stable condition at Wesley Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Janice Wyatte said. "Obviously, something like this tempers anyone," his agent, Guy McElwaine, told Australian Associated Press. "It scares me and it scares him. But he's in good spirits and making a few jokes.
"Harlem Nights" is the first movie to co-star Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. Watching the sorry, unfunny mess that has resulted is like witnessing a highly touted heavyweight title bout that inexplicably turns into a pat-a-cake session between cruiserweights. Even those of us who have just about given up on Murphy hoped the pairing with Pryor would snap him to attention.
June 4, 1989
I am debating whether to see the new movie comedy smash, "See No Evil, Hear No Evil" or wait for the sequel, which is sure to be on the drawing boards. Can you imagine what the stars, Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder (who play a blind man and a deaf man, respectively) and producer Marvin Worth and director Arthur Hiller could do with epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease? Wouldn't those be blockbusters? And kudos to such eminent critics as Kevin Thomas (May 12 review)
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