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5 Facts about Richard Pryor's Widow Jennifer Lee Who Was Married to the Actor Twice

Bettina Dizon
Aug 03, 2020
05:30 A.M.
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Jennifer Lee, an actress and producer, is one of the five women Richard Pryor married. Here are five quick facts about the actor's widow.

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Jennifer Lee married Richard Pryor in 1981 and divorced him the following year. However, they rekindled the flames and tied the knot for the second time in 2001.

While it may seem like fate to wed again, Lee wasn't the only wife the actor married again. From 1986 to 1987, he was married to Flynn Belaine, and again from 1990 to 1991. Here's more about the actor's last wife.

Richard Pryor and Jennifer Lee wearing cowboy hats and bolo ties, smile while at the annual SHARE party, held at the Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

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SHE WORKS IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

Like her late husband, Lee found a career in the entertainment industry as an actor and a producer. She appeared in several films such as "Bold Native," "Slaves of New York," "The Man in the Glass Booth," and "Footsteps."

Although her last stint as an actress was in 2010, Lee became an executive producer for the production, "Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?"

Jennifer Lee and Richard Pryor walking together; circa 1970, New York. | Source: Getty Images

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HER STEPSON THREATENED TO SUE HER

Pryor's son, Richard Pryor Jr., reportedly threatened to sue his stepmother if she continued to produce his father's biopic.

Pryor Jr. accused Lee of using "illegal, fraudulent" means to gain rights for the movie and gave her a cease and desist letter.

Richard Pryor in June 1983 at an unspecified location. | Source: Getty Images

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SHE REVEALED PERSONAL THINGS ABOUT HER HUSBAND

Nearly two decades after Pryor's death, Quincy Jones revealed that the late actor had nights with Marlon Brando, which Lee confirmed. She said:

"It certainly wasn't an affair, it was a dalliance with Bando, as he had with other men. Richard wasn't gay, he just had dalliances."

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SHE MET PRYOR WHILE REDECORATING HIS HOUSE

Lee met her husband in 1977 after being hired to help in the redecoration process of his home. They tied the knot in 1981 and remained married for a year.

Although the couple often had arguments, Lee was the only woman who, according to the actor, was able to live with his ways.

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PRYOR CALLED LEE FOR HELP

In 1994, after being diagnosed with multiple degenerative sclerosis, Pryor called Lee for help to put his life back together, following a stint with substance abuse.

Another woman who had a positive impact on the actor's life is his ex-wife, Pam Grier, who helped him learn how to read and resolve his insecurities.

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