Rain Pryor: Actress, comedian, not just Richard’s daughter

Rain Pryor is many things: an actress, singer, performer, comedian, mother, one-time city council candidate in the City of Baltimore… and, yes, daughter of Richard Pryor, the famous comedian. Her mother, Shelley Bonus, a former go-go-dancer turned astronomer, was Jewish; Rain grew up studying Torah with her grandfather and learning to make latkes with her bubbe.

Rain has been outspoken about her upbringing and cultural identity, which featured prominently in her acclaimed autobiographical one-woman show, Fried Chicken & Latkes. Yet despite her activism, plainspoken personality and deep appreciation of her Jewish identity, like many Jews of colour, she’s still questioned in Jewish spaces.

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