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Lenny Bruce's Biography

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Leonard Alfred Schneider, better known as Lenny Bruce, was born on 13 October 1925.

The American comic was ahead of his time. Lenny Bruce's stand-up comedy was one of the first acts to deal with sex, religion, and politics. His dark, satirical routines built up a cult following.

Lenny Bruce was imprisoned by the authorities in 1961 for 'obscenity', and was banned from entering Britain in 1963.

Ingmar Bergman said of Lenny Bruce: "His only offence was that he dared tell people the truth."

On 3 August 1966, Lenny Bruce was found dead in Hollywood after an accidental drugs overdose.

The biopic Lenny, starring Dustin Hoffman as Lenny Bruce, was nominated for six Academy Awards.

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