The Godfather, the comedian and the whole f***** mailbox
Legend says Marlon Brando would’ve f***** a mailbox, but we know he did f*** Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor’s widow has confirmed that the late comedian slept with Marlon Brando, after record producer Quincy Jones let slip about their fling in an extraordinary interview.
Responding to reports of her late husband’s encounter with the Oscar-winning star of The Godfather, Jennifer Lee Pryor wrote on Twitter: “If you listen to Richard's comedy – the early stuff – he was way ahead of his time on gay rights,” before adding that in the Seventies “everyone was bi”, and using the hashtag #noshame.
In an interview, Quincy Jones also claimed that Brando had slept with the singer Marvin Gaye and novelist James Baldwin.Brando, who died in 2004, had occasionally spoken about his same-sex encounters, but had never named Pryor as a partner.
In a 1976 interview, the actor told a French journalist: “Homosexuality is so much in fashion, it no longer makes news. Like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences, and I am not ashamed.”The A Streetcar Named Desire star continued: “I have never paid much attention to what people think about me. But if there is someone who is convinced that Jack Nicholson and I are lovers, may they continue to do so. I find it amusing.”
Once described by fellow comic Jerry Seinfeld as “the Picasso of our profession”, Pryor was famously outspoken about his personal life. In 1977, he made headlines when he gave an extremely graphic account of a same-sex encounter onstage at the Hollywood Bowl, to an audience of 17,000 people. Mrs Pryor said that the comedian left behind diaries detailing all his romantic liaisons, which she intends to publish later this year.Jennifer Lee Pryor was the fourth of the comedian’s six wives, having married him in 1981 and divorced him the following year, but later remarried the star in 2001 and remained with him until his death in 2005.
In an interview, Jones also claimed he “used to date” Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, adding that he “used to hang out with” the US president, but found him “limited mentally – a meglomaniac, narcissistic”.
The producer went on to describe the Beatles as “the worst musicians in the world”, adding that Ringo Starr’s drumming was so poor that on one recording he had to be replaced by another musician without his knowledge.Jones said: “Paul [McCartney] was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it. I remember once we were in the studio with George Martin, and Ringo had taken three hours for a four-bar thing he was trying to fix on a song. He couldn’t get it. We said: ‘Mate, why don’t you get some lager and lime, some shepherd’s pie, and take an hour-and-a-half and relax a little bit.’ So he did, and we called Ronnie Verrell, a jazz drummer. Ronnie came in for 15 minutes and tore it up. Ringo comes back and says: ‘George, can you play it back for me one more time?’ So George did, and Ringo says: ‘That didn’t sound so bad.‘ And I said: ‘Yeah, motherf***** because it ain’t you.’ Great guy, though. ”