A digital companion to the biography Becoming Richard Pryor
Richard’s stepmother Ann Pryor (left) and a friend having a good time together, most likely in the early 1950s.
“Ann Pryor and friend,” n.d. Photograph reproduced courtesy of Barbara McGee.
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Ann Pryor and a friend in 1950s Peoria
Richard's father and stepmother, on the town with some sharp-dressed friends
Richard's stepmother Ann, in a happy time and a sophisticated place
Richard's father and stepmother relaxing on Aiken Alley
On the occasion of Richard's first film role, the Peoria Journal Star joined a conversation with his father
Ann Pryor died of cancer on December 31, 1967
When police raided the brothel of Richard's father and stepmother, Buck ran and Ann stayed
Ann, already sick with cancer, was sentenced to jail time for running a brothel
Richard's stepmother Ann, accused in court of being a "madam," was kicked out of a local vocational school
Buck avoided jail time by evading police during a raid
A year after her arrest, Ann's conviction was upheld by 2-1 vote in appeals court
Ann was ultimately sentenced to a year for prostitution, but did not live to serve the term