Worked as a child model ("charming chub" division) for Lane Bryant
Co-starred with Talulah Bankhead in summer stock
Became an entertainment reporter for <i>Chicago Tribune</i>
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
Feature debut as a dress designer in Berry Gordy's "Mahogany", starring Diana Ross
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)
Helped write the Broadway flop "Platinum"
Co-wrote screenplay for "Divine Madness", starring Midler as the Divine Miss M
Began contributing a regular column to <i>The Advocate</i>; eventually called "Notes From a Blond"
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
Portrayed Philpot, Santa's number one helper, in syndicated TV-movie "It Nearly Wasn't Christmas"
Reteamed with Midler on "An Evening With Bette, Cher, Goldie, Meryl, Olivia, Lily and Robin" (ABC)
Provided the material that Ted Danson performed in blackface for the notorious Friars Club roast of then-girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg
Reunited with Midler for "Bette Midler--Diva Las Vegas" (HBO)
Was regular on the sydicated "Hollywood Squares", sitting in close proximity to Goldberg in her center square; also served as head writer
Subject of feature-length documentary "Get Bruce!"
Wrote Nathan Lane's "coming out" story for <i>The Advocate</i>
Penned music and lyrics for the comedy song "My Bill Gates" for "The 14th Annual American Comedy Awards"; garnered Emmy nomination
First time as head writer for the Academy Awards
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
Wrote for Midler's sitcom "Bette!" (CBS)
Headlined one-man show "Bruce! A Month of Mondays" in Beverly Hills, California