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Overview (2)

Born in Barnsdall, Oklahoma, USA
Birth NameAnita Jane Bryant

Mini Bio (1)

Anita Bryant was born on March 25, 1940 in Barnsdall, Oklahoma, USA as Anita Jane Bryant. She is an actress, known for Drugs Are Like That (1969), Roger & Me (1989) and The George Gobel Show (1954). She has been married to Charlie Dry since 1990. She was previously married to Bob Green.

Family (1)

Spouse Charlie Dry (1990 - present)
Bob Green (25 June 1960 - 19 August 1980)  (divorced)  (4 children)

Trivia (29)

Born at 3:10pm-CST
Former Miss Oklahoma and Miss America runner-up 1958.
Singer, entertainer and right-wing activist.
Her 1959 hit record of "Till There Was You" (Pop #30), was the first successful recording of a Pop standard from the 1957 Broadway show "The Music Man'. The Beatles would later include this song in their act. Other hits include "Paper Roses" and "In My Little Corner Of The World" , both were Top 10 hits in 1960.
By 1978, following her highly publicized anti-gay campaigning, gay activists in the country had ensured a boycott on Florida Citrus Commission due to their use of Bryant as their spokesman. The ban was supported by many celebrities, including Barbra Streisand , Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Bea Arthur, Paul Williams, John Waters, Carroll O'Connor, Mary Tyler Moore, and Jane Fonda. .
Inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame in 1988.
Good Housekeeping magazine named her the most admired woman in America in 1978, 1979 and 1980.
She sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic for the funeral burial service of Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States of America.
Recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation in 1986.
From 1968 to 1980, she appeared in 76 television commercials as a spokeswoman for the Florida Citrus Commission.
In the U.S. presidential election year of 1968, Bryant sang the National Anthem at both the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida and the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
Bryant sang the National Anthem at the gubernatorial inaugural ball held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in honor of Mary Fallin. [January 2011]
From 1960 to 1967, Bryant served as a commercial spokeswoman for the Coca-Cola soft drink company. Her nickname was "The Coca-Cola Girl.".
Bryant gave the introduction for Governor Mary Fallin to speak at the Good News Festival hosted by Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. [August 2015]
For each Christmas from 1960 to 1966, Bryant served as a member of Bob Hope's touring troupe of entertainers for the United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) visiting and appearing in shows for servicemen at many U.S. military bases in different parts of the world, including 3 in Vietnam in 1964, 1965 and 1966.
Recipient of the Al Jolson Gold Medal Award and Citation.
Recipient of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Leadership Gold Medallion.
Recipient of the United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO)'s Silver Medallion Award by the National Guard for the most outstanding service by an entertainer.
The Oklahoma City Freedoms Foundation Chapter honored Bryant with a merit citation for her years of supporting American troops. [November 2010]
Along with Joey Heatherton and Loni Anderson, Bryant sang "Thanks For The Memory" with new lyrics written by Kathryn Stone at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood, California for a memorial service honoring the memory of Bob Hope. [August, 2003].
Bryant recorded the "Hawaiian Wedding Song" by Charles E. King, Al Hoffman and Dick Manning for her "In My Little Corner of the World" album released in January, 1961. Later that same year, Elvis Presley performed the very same song in his film Blue Hawaii (1961) which was released in November, 1961.
Two of her most successful songs in the 1960s, "Paper Roses" and "In My Little Corner of the World", were both later recorded by Marie Osmond in the 1970s and were huge hits for her as well.
Two songs she recorded, "The Wedding" and the "Hawaiian Wedding Song" were both later hits for British recording artist Julie Rogers.
Recipient of the Freedom Leadership Medal awarded by the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge.
Recipient of the Orange Cluster Award from the Florida Citrus Commission in 1971.
On March 22, 2019, Oklahoma governor John Kevin Stitt issued a citation declaring March 25, 2019(her 79th birthday) to be "Anita Bryant Day". The move was publicly condemned by gay activists and the press due to Bryant's past activities as an anti-gay campaigner.
Became a far-right activist in the 1970s and campaigned against gay rights, helping to remove a law in Florida that prevented discrimination against people based on their sexuality. However, this resulted in a huge backlash against her which damaged her reputation and destroyed her show-business career. To this day, the gay community views Bryant's name as synonymous with bigotry and homophobia.
In 1977, following her homophobic campaigning, she was "pied" (hit in the face by a cream pie) by gay activists while being interviewed on television. The incident was caught on camera and Bryant became one of the first people to be "pied" as a political act.
Was satirized in the song "Fuck Aneta Briant" [sic] by country singer David Allan Coe on his 1978 album "Nothing Sacred".

Personal Quotes (6)

I love homosexuals. It's the sin of homosexuality I hate.
(After being pied in the face by gay protesters during a press conference) At least it's a fruit pie!
Had I gone my own way and not gotten to know God or accepted Him as a part of my life, I think that I would have been a very belligerent individual, full of hate and bitterness.
If gays are granted rights, next we'll have to give rights to prostitutes and to people who sleep with St. Bernards and to nail biters.
God loves you just as much as he does everybody else. He loves us so much so that he doesn't want any of us to die and be destroyed in our sin. I've never said, 'This is what Anita Bryant says,' but this what the Word of God says. So I think my position was always one of love.
As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children.

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