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1963: Lenny Bruce is banned from Britain ‘in the public interest’

IN April 1963, comedian Lenny Bruce (nee Leonard Alfred Schneider) was refused entry to Britain. Why? It was “in the public interest”. He had said things deemed to be “obscene” in the US. The UK was not taking any chances. Bruce might say obscene words here. He was put on a plane and sent back to New York. In 1964, Bruce was convicted after a six-month trial of using obscene words in his stage show.

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Posted: 3rd, December 2012 | In: Celebrities, Flashback | Comment