Althea Flynt

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Althea Flynt
Althea Flynt
Althea Flynt in 1980
Born Althea Leasure
(1953-11-06)November 6, 1953
Marietta, Ohio, U.S.
Died June 27, 1987(1987-06-27) (aged 33)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Accidental drowning
Resting place
Flynt Family Plot, Salyersville, Kentucky
Nationality American
Occupation Magazine publisher
Spouse(s) Larry Flynt (m. 1976–87)

Althea Flynt (née Althea Leasure; November 6, 1953 – June 27, 1987) was the fourth wife of Larry Flynt and the co-publisher of Flynt's pornography magazine, Hustler.

Early life[edit]

Althea Leasure was born November 6, 1953 in Marietta, Ohio. Althea and her four siblings, Sherry, Debbie, Marsha and Richard, came from an abusive home. When Althea was eight, her father Richard shot and killed her mother, June, her grandfather, and June's best friend, before fatally shooting himself. Althea's grandmother was present during the incident, but survived by hiding in the nearby creek. Althea and her siblings were later put into an orphanage in Xenia, Ohio where she remained until she ran away as a teenager.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

She met Larry at age 17 in 1971, when she applied for a job as a go-go dancer at his Hustler club in Columbus, Ohio. They were married on August 21, 1976. She was Hustler's first life-size centerfold, and she was involved with the development, management and publication of the magazine throughout their 11-year marriage; she ran the magazine and kept it afloat during Larry's brief return to religion in 1977; subsequent near-fatal shooting; multiple bouts with bi-polar disorder; and his campaign for President of the United States in 1984.[1]

In the mid-1980s, Flynt planned a new non-pornographic magazine called The Rage, to focus on the punk subculture. The Rage was ultimately abandoned due to the expense of Flynt's 1984 Presidential run.[1]

In 1982 Althea began using the drugs that Larry was prescribed for pain after he was shot in 1978, and developed an addiction. She was diagnosed with AIDS in 1983; Flynt stated that she contracted the disease from a blood transfusion during a hysterectomy, and that she always used clean needles when using drugs.[citation needed]

Death[edit]

Flynt died at aged 33 when she drowned in the bathtub at the couple's Bel-Air mansion in Los Angeles, California on June 27, 1987. According to reports, she passed out from a prescription drug overdose and drowned.[2] Flynt, however, states that at the time she was in the advanced stages of AIDS and would have died within that year, regardless. At that point Flynt was taking care of her and claims that she was practically bedridden.[3]

Althea Flynt is buried in the Flynt family cemetery plot, located on Lakeville in Salyersville, Kentucky.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

In the 1996 movie The People vs. Larry Flynt she was portrayed by Courtney Love, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gorney, Cynthia (6 July 1987). "The Brief, Hot Flame of Althea Flynt; The Hustler Publisher's Wife, Her Turbulent Life and Mysterious Death". The Washington Post. p. Style D1. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Chalmers, Robert (22 February 2004). "Larry Flynt: The trouble with Larry". The Independent. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Abdulali, Sohaila (15 July 1987). "The Life & Death Of Althea Flynt The Porn King's Wife Stick By Him To The End". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Robbins, Ira (June 6, 1997). "The People vs. Larry Flynt". ew.com. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 

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