Lea DeLaria

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Lea DeLaria (born May 23, 1958) is an American comedienne, actress, and jazz musician.[1][2][3] The "famously controversial" DeLaria was "the first openly gay comic to break the late-night talk-show barrier" with her 1993 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show.[4]

Called "every inch and ounce a star," by The New York Times,[5] DeLaria has performed stand-up comedy for over 25 years and is an extremely prominent figure in the world of lesbian stand-up comedy. She is noted for her raunchy persona and inflammatory, irreverent political commentary, which have proven controversial inside and outside the gay and lesbian community.[citation needed] She began her career billing herself as "That Fucking Dyke"; she states "I called myself that because I would walk down the street and people would yell (it) at me. But after two years of performing I would walk down the street and people would yell (it) at me and I wouldn't know if they were a fan or not!"

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Early life

The Italian American[3] DeLaria was born in Belleville, Illinois,[1][2] the daughter of Jerry, a homemaker, and Robert DeLaria, a jazz pianist and social worker.[2] She attended kindergarten through 8th grade at St Mary's Elementary School in Belleville, and has referenced her Catholic upbringing in her performances.

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