Larry Flynt

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Larry Claxton Flynt, Jr. (born November 1, 1942) is an American publisher and the president of Larry Flynt Publications (LFP). In 2003, Arena magazine listed him as the number one on the "50 Powerful People in Porn" list.[1]

LFP mainly produces sexually graphic videos and magazines, most notably Hustler. Flynt has fought several prominent legal battles involving the First Amendment, and has unsuccessfully run for public office. He is paralyzed from the waist down due to injuries sustained in a 1978 assassination attempt.[2]



Early life

Flynt was born in Lakeville, Magoffin County, Kentucky, the first of three children to 23-year-old Larry Claxton Flynt, Sr. (August 16, 1919 – July 1, 2005), an alcoholic sharecropper and a World War II veteran,[3] and 17-year-old Edith Arnett (August 13, 1925 – March 29, 1982), a homemaker.[4] He had two younger siblings; sister Judy (1947 – 1951) and brother Jimmy Ray (born June 20, 1948).

His father served in the United States Army in the European Theatre of World War II. Due to his father's absence, Larry was raised solely by his mother and maternal grandmother for the first three years of his life.[5]

Flynt was raised in poverty, and claimed Magoffin County was the poorest county in the nation during the Great Depression.[6] In 1951, Flynt's sister, Judy,[7] died due to leukemia at age four.[8] The death provoked his parents' divorce one year later, and Larry was raised by his mother in Hamlet, Indiana, and his brother, Jimmy, was raised by his maternal grandmother in Magoffin County. Two years later, Larry returned to live in Magoffin County with his father, because he disliked his mother's new boyfriend.[5][9]

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