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  Lance Loud! . Lance: His Life & Legacy | PBS
Lance Loud was the first reality TV star — the eldest son in a family made famous by the groundbreaking cinema vérité series An American Family, which premiered on PBS in 1973.
Lance was an inspiration to legions of young people, both gay and straight, for daring to live his life on his own terms.
On December 21, 2001, at age 50, Lance died of liver failure caused by a hepatitis C and HIV co-infection.
www.pbs.org /lanceloud/lance   (501 words)

 Hepatitis Week -- Your Online Hepatitis Newsletter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Lance Loud, whose family was the subject of a television documentary series in the early 1970s, has died of complications from hepatitis C. He was 50.
Loud, a freelance journalist, was a member of "An American Family," the 12-part PBS series that followed his family's daily lives for seven months.
Loud, then 20 years old, announced he was gay during the filming of the show, causing considerable controversy both in his family and in the media at the time.
www.hepatitisweek.org /members/vol1/news/014902.htm   (136 words)

 Lance Loud - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lance Loud (June 26, 1951 - December 22, 2001) was an openly gay columnist probably best known for his role in An American Family, perhaps the first reality show (it was broadcast in the U.S. on PBS in 1973, drawing 10 million viewers and causing considerable controversy at the time).
The show was based in Santa Barbara, California; Loud moved to New York City to live, where he frequented various clubs and drag shows.
At age 50, Loud entered a hospice suffering from HIV and Hepatitis C.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Lance_Loud   (302 words)

 An American Family - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The parents had five children and one of them, Lance Loud, was a gay 20-year-old man who occasionally wore lipstick and women's clothes and took his mother to a drag show in episode two of the series.
Scholars sometimes mention that Lance came out of the closet on TV, but this is technically incorrect—he was simply gay without announcement or drama; his family says that they had known for quite a while.
In 1983, PBS broadcast American Family Revisited; and in 2003 PBS broadcast the show Lance Loud, shot in 2001, visiting Lance and his family again at Lance's request: Lance was 50 years old, had gone through 20 years of addiction to crystal meth, and was HIV positive and dying of Hepatitis C.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/An_American_Family   (301 words)

 Applause Online
Lance Loud, the eldest son of the family, emerged as the leading personality of the series, making no secret of his gay lifestyle in episode two.
Loud became a very public personality, inspiring legions of young people, both gay and straight, to feel free to be who they were and who they wanted to be.
Loud, emerging as a gay icon overnight, became a television star simply by being himself, and for a time he reaped the benefits of fame, becoming a rock and roll performer and, later, a writer and columnist for Interview, American Film, Details and The Advocate.
www.whyy.org /applauseonline/past/200301/loud.html   (551 words)

 detail   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Lance died of liver failure caused by a hepatitis C and HIV co-infection.
Lance Loud, the beguiling eldest son in a family whose conflicts were laid bare in a landmark 1973 public television documentary series, has died.
Loud emerged as a protagonist in "An American Family," the controversial PBS series that was a progenitor of today's unscripted programming.
zebro.everperfect.com /blacknapkins/Detailid.asp?ID=410   (1137 words)

 AEGiS-LT: Documentary on PBS revisits Lance Loud in his 'twilight'
Lance Loud was deteriorating in a Southern California hospice when he glanced at a photo of himself from "An American Family," the landmark 1973 documentary miniseries.
Loud became America's first gay icon on TV and arguably its first "reality" star, drawing the wrath of critics (one called him an "evil flower," another derided the series as "a glimpse into the pit").
In the new documentary, Loud laments the breakup of his semi-successful punk band, the Mumps, and his parents' split, which he blames in part on the media spotlight.
www.aegis.com /news/Lt/2003/LT030103.html   (580 words)

 Reality show created star   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Lance Loud was the first gay person to come out on television.
"Lance Loud!" deftly interweaves all this new footage with excerpts from the original series and from "American Family Revisited," a follow-up documentary the Raymonds made for HBO in 1983.
Lance Loud means for his new film to be cautionary, yes -- but not a dirge.
www.freep.com /entertainment/tvandradio/lance5_20030105.htm   (710 words)

 A Bastard Union of Several Forms
Loud's conflicting attitudes towards marriage and parenting, implicitly suggesting a "battle of the sexes" drama typical of situation comedies, without, however, the humor and easy resolution.
Loud, in contrast, hopes to get his languid third son to work in construction, during his summer vacation, for the "curb king of southern California." He talks to his nephew about summer employment for Grant, even volunteering to pay his son's wages.
Loud jokingly tells some mineworkers that his teenage son is "the forerunner of the three-day week." Meanwhile, Lance, traveling abroad in hour six, invents a story about having his money stolen so that his parents will send more.
www.dartmouth.edu /~jruoff/Articles/BastardUnion.htm   (6577 words)

 Salon.com Arts & Entertainment | Ordinary people
Loud died in a Los Angeles hospice in 2001, at the age of 50, of liver failure brought on by hepatitis C and HIV infection.
Lance was handed an audience of 10 million people, but the role he played in the series and in his life was his own fluent and ephemeral creation.
Watching Pat Loud cuddle her dying 50-year-old son, you might wonder if maybe the Louds aren't a lot like the Cleavers after all, and whether the Raymonds are public television's answer to Jerry Springer.
www.salon.com /ent/tv/diary/2003/01/06/loud   (1070 words)

 Reality Film: Lance Loud! A Death in An American Family   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
But Lance also discusses his drug addiction, including 20 years of doing speed, which he calls "not very smart." These segments set the reflective tone for the film and are interspersed throughout the major sequences.
In 2001 Pat Loud describes her reaction to the Chelsea Hotel and her son's life, but she also dispels the idea that her son came out on television, stating that the family probably was aware of Lance's sexual orientation beforehand.
Lance discusses how the band probably was paranoid about his sexuality and how his fame (or notoriety) from the series also cast a shadow on the group.
www.realityfilm.com /reviews/lanceloud.php   (1342 words)

 Current Online | Death of a taboo-breaker
The occasion was the death Dec. 21 [2001] of Lance Loud, eldest son in the Santa Barbara family, who stunned his family and became a symbol of gay liberation in 1973 by coming out on national television.
Loud, who lived with HIV for 18 of his 50 years, was killed by complications of hepatitis C. Though Loud had mixed feelings about his celebrity--he said his family had become "a recurring question on Hollywood Squares"--he asked the Raymonds to film his last days in a Los Angeles hospice.
Loud, who was a rock musician in the 1970s and a journalist in the '80s and '90s, was "the funniest guy I ever met," Raymond said.
www.current.org /doc/doc0203loud.html   (450 words)

 "Can a Documentary Be Made of Real Life?"
The Louds made this family photograph for their 1972 Christmas card and, as such, it represented the antithesis of observational cinema, a style that attempted to record spontaneous behavior without acknowledging the presence of the camera.
Lance's face appeared torn out of the family photograph and the ad called attention to his difference from the rest of the family, 'He lives in the Chelsea Hotel on Manhattan's lower West Side.
Loud noted that she gradually accepted the camera's presence, ''After some months the crew was like family', explains Pat.
www.dartmouth.edu /~jruoff/Articles/RealLife.htm   (11182 words)

 Video Vérité - The Films of Alan and Susan Raymond
Lance died on December 22, 2001, at age 50, Lance died of liver failure caused by a hepatitis C and HIV co-infection.
At Lance’s request, his friends and original series filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond returned to film “the final episode” of An American Family as Lance wanted to have closure on a pivotal moment in his family’s life.
Lance also spent years struggling to find himself and wanted his story to be a cautionary tale.
www.videoverite.tv /pages/filmllabout.html   (489 words)

 Zap2it - TV news - Lance Loud, Part of 'An American Family,' Dies at 50
Lance Loud, one of the subjects of the pioneering PBS documentary series "An American Family," died Saturday (Dec. 22) of complications from hepatitis C. He was 50.
Lance Loud's revelation that he was gay and his family's reaction became one of the show's central themes.
Loud is survived by his parents, Bill and Pat, and siblings Kevin, Delilah, Grant and Michele.
tv.zap2it.com /tveditorial/tve_main/1,1002,271|72769|1|,00.html   (271 words)

 [Deathwatch] Lance Loud, journalist, 50   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In Lynne Yamaguchi Fletcher's book ``The First Gay Pope and Other Records,'' Lance Loud is listed as ``the first person to come out on television.'' ``His homosexuality was completely accepted by the family, which was another first for TV,'' said David Ehrenstein, author of ``Open Secret,'' a study of gays in the media.
On the contrary, Lance held the family together.'' Loud wrote entertainment-related articles for Details, Interview, Buzz Weekly and the Advocate, where he was a columnist for several years.
Loud is survived by his parents, and two brothers and two sisters.
slick.org /pipermail/deathwatch/2001-December/000005.html   (419 words)

 LA Weekly: Features Feature: Loud and Proud   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
During those months Lance came out as gay and his parents' marriage unraveled on-camera; the series was a succès de scandale, and the Louds were pilloried by the press as a case study in all that was wrong with American families.
Lance was diagnosed with HIV in 1987, and he had good years and bad years ever since.
Margy Rochlin (journalist): Lance went through a period where he was acting in a lot of plays, and I remember going to one of them and rushing in at the last minute only to discover there was just one other person in the audience.
www.laweekly.com /ink/02/10/cover-mckenna.shtml   (2433 words)

 Variety.com - Lance Loud
Lance Loud, a freelance entertainment journalist, died in Los Angeles on Dec. 21 from complications with AIDS and hepatitis C. He was 50.
The eldest son of Pat and Bill Loud, he and his five siblings and parents became famous overnight when the landmark PBS docudocu series "An American Family" aired in 1973, presaging the current vogue for reality TV.
Loud wrote entertainment-related articles for Details, Interview, Buzz Weekly and The Advocate, where he was a columnist for several years.
www.variety.com /article/VR1117857761?categoryid=25&cs=1   (474 words)

 JS Online: A loss in an 'American Family'
Loud was just 50 on Dec. 22, 2001, when he died from complications of AIDS.
Loud acknowledges that he was startled to be perceived as "this big fag," a virtual poster boy for gay camp, when he thought of himself as an original, one-of-a-kind creation.
The hourlong segment follows Pat Loud as she goes to visit Lance in his new digs in New York City, where he has plunged with glee into Lower Manhattan's boisterous gay scene.
www.jsonline.com /enter/tvradio/jan03/107425.asp   (852 words)

 Loud echoes of TV history / 'American Family' shocked TV viewers in 1973 -- now the sequel will make them cry
Before he died of hepatitis C and HIV in 2001, Lance asked the Raymonds to film a belated finale to the documentary to show America that the Louds were not "affluent zombies," as once labeled by Newsweek.
As in so much of "An American Family," Lance and his mother are clearly aware of the camera's presence as she sits chain-smoking in his cramped room, never removing the sunglasses, as if they can somehow filter out the seediness of the Chelsea.
Although Lance was forever called the boy who came out on national television, there was never a scene where he specifically made the announcement that he was gay, as Pat notes in the new film.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/01/06/DD238739.DTL   (1087 words)

 USATODAY.com - TV's first reality show teaches Loud lesson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Lance, the world's first reality TV star, was a true free spirit, a wide-eyed, lanky fellow comfortable with wearing blue lipstick and a silk scarf on national television.
Although he never actually says the word "gay," little is left in question after Lance takes his mother to a play featuring a troupe of singing transvestites and introduces her to his cross-dressing friend Holly Woodlawn.
It's a shame Lance Loud is no longer around to enlighten us with his vibrant outlook and turns of phrase.
www.usatoday.com /life/columnist/popcandy/2003-01-08-candy.htm   (815 words)

 Current Online | Revisiting the Loud family
After 17 years in blissful obscurity, the Loud family is about to be put back into the public television fish bowl.
Lance is pleased, while Bill and daughters Michelle and Delilah "don't care one way or another,'' he added.
Lance and his brother Grant live in Los Angeles; Delilah and Michelle live in New York and Bill Loud and Kevin live in Houston, he said.
www.current.org /prog/prog90-20L.html   (676 words)

 Smuggling Cats for a Gay Celebrity - Christianity Today Magazine
Lance the Cat sprawled in the crevice between Lance's knees.
Lance would usually ask if he could call back when he was done visiting with his friend.
Though I was often told that Lance and some of the other AIDS patients, both gay and straight, had a crush on me, I realized that this attraction flowed from a simple hunger to be loved.
www.christianitytoday.com /ct/2004/010/15.94.html   (2146 words)

 max's news
Lance Loud was the first living homosexual America really got to know.
Lance was cute, he was smart, and he was fucked up in the sweetest way.
Lance still was a recognizable celebrity and he was welcomed.
www.maxskansascity.com /lanceloud   (1077 words)

 The Anniston Star - Lance Loud seeks closure from TV trip
Lance acknowledges in the hour-long film that he feels most at home "in the vernacular of real time," by which he means reality television time, or on camera.
Lance’s tale and that of his family is made even eerier by the fact that he had a childhood friendship with Andy Warhol, who coined the "15 minutes of fame" idea.
The episode follows Pat Loud’s visit to her son in New York, where he takes her to a drag show and tells her, quite subtly by today’s standards, that he found his upbringing stifling.
www.dailyhome.com /entertainment/2003/as-tv-0106-0-3a05u0933.htm   (613 words)

 Video Vérité - The Films of Alan and Susan Raymond
Shana Alexander of Newsweek called the Louds “affluent zombies” and described the series as “a glimpse into the pit.” But they saved their harshest judgments for Lance Loud, the eldest son who publicly affirmed his homosexuality.
Lance Loud was the first openly gay person on television and he quickly became the first reality TV star for just being himself.
This ten year update in 1983 stands as a chronicle of the creation of the Louds as media celebrities and bookmarks the series in the annals of television history.
www.videoverite.tv /pages/filmllamfamseries.html   (590 words)

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