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Birth Place: Paterson, New Jersey, USA Profession: Writer ...
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Worked as a child model ("charming chub" division) for Lane Bryant
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Co-starred with Talulah Bankhead in summer stock
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Became an entertainment reporter for <i>Chicago Tribune</i>
1970:
Impressed by review of her cabaret performance, Bette Midler hired him to punch up her act; Vilanch introduced her to work of entertainer Sophie Tucker, a mainstay of her act
1975:
Feature debut as a dress designer in Berry Gordy's "Mahogany", starring Diana Ross
1975:
Moved to L.A. to write for the short-lived "The Manhattan Transfer" (CBS) variety show; later wrote for variety shows like the original "Donny and Marie" and "The Brady Bunch Hour" (both ABC)
1978:
Helped write the Broadway flop "Platinum"
1980:
Co-wrote screenplay for "Divine Madness", starring Midler as the Divine Miss M
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Began contributing a regular column to <i>The Advocate</i>; eventually called "Notes From a Blond"
1989:
First time as writer for the Academy Awards; earned a shared Emmy (2009, 2010) nomination for Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
1989:
Portrayed Philpot, Santa's number one helper, in syndicated TV-movie "It Nearly Wasn't Christmas"
1990:
Reteamed with Midler on "An Evening With Bette, Cher, Goldie, Meryl, Olivia, Lily and Robin" (ABC)
1993:
Provided the material that Ted Danson performed in blackface for the notorious Friars Club roast of then-girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg
1997:
Reunited with Midler for "Bette Midler--Diva Las Vegas" (HBO)
1998:
Was regular on the sydicated "Hollywood Squares", sitting in close proximity to Goldberg in her center square; also served as head writer
1999:
Subject of feature-length documentary "Get Bruce!"
1999:
Wrote Nathan Lane's "coming out" story for <i>The Advocate</i>
2000:
Penned music and lyrics for the comedy song "My Bill Gates" for "The 14th Annual American Comedy Awards"; garnered Emmy nomination
2000:
First time as head writer for the Academy Awards
2000:
Starred Off-Broadway in "Bruce Vilanch: Almost Famous", a one-man cabaret-style show in which he sang and told stories about working behind the scenes in Hollywood
2000:
Wrote for Midler's sitcom "Bette!" (CBS)
2001:
Headlined one-man show "Bruce! A Month of Mondays" in Beverly Hills, California

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