Bruce Vilanch Biography

Published On May 24, 2017
Facts of Bruce Vilanch
Date of Birth: 1948 , November-23
Birth Nation: United States
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The Chicago Tribune was Bruce's first source to write in the entertainment industry. As a fun writer, he began spending time with many celebrities, he also met nightclub singer Bette Midler, Vilanch acted befriended with her, later with her help he wrote comedy materials by dedicating to Midler, which is famous as Midler's 1974  Broadway show Clams on the Half Shell and Divine Madness in 1980.

Vilanch was a co-writer for The Donny and Marie Show after transferring to Los Angeles; he also wrote Star Wars Holiday Special in 1978, and also the short-lived Brandy Bunch Variety Hour, however, it was canceled later for airing. Moreover, he started writing jokes for Lily Tomlin, Billy Crystal, Roseanna Barr and much more.

later Bruce shifted to a different profession started to work as a reporter and columnist for The Advocate, where he enjoyed writing serious scripts. In 1975, he made his feature film debut, "playing a dress", which was produced by Mahogany and starring Diana Ross.  

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A brilliant comedian

1948

An American comedy writer, songwriter, and actor Bruce Gerald Vilanch was born on November 23, 1948, in the New York City and raised in Paterson, New Jersey. When Vilanch was of four days, he got adopted by Jonas Vilanch, an optometrist, and his wife Henne.

Help for Midler

1980

Vilanch began his writing career through the Chicago Tribun,He then met nightclub singer Bette Midler, befriended her, and later wrote a comedy material for Midler’s 1974 Broadway show Clams on the Half Shell, and he also co- wrote Divine Madness for her in 1980.

Funny Star Wars

1978

He also wrote Star Wars Holiday Special in 1978, and the short-lived Brandy Bunch Variety Hour. later he started writing jokes for Lily Tomlin, Billy Crystal, Roseanna Barr and much more. Then Bruce shifted his profession to a reporter and columnist for The Advocate, where he enjoyed writing serious scripts. 

Helpful Nature

1990

In 1990, Vilanch was nominated for the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation’s Daniel P. Warner Service Awards for his helpful nature and contributions towards the support of AIDS.

Gay and Lesbian support

2002

Bruce Vilanch won the Outfest Honors Award in 2002, for his contributions to gay and lesbian society, as he believes it’s what we call humanity.