Bettie & Lance Loud

Photographs Signed by Lance

Signed photograph of Bettie Ringma and Lance Loud
Signed photograph of Bettie Ringma and Lance Loud
Signed photograph of Bettie Ringma and Lance Loud
Signed photograph of Bettie Ringma and Lance Loud

You had to love Lance Loud, famous in the 1970s as the first celebrity spawned by a "TV reality show." Lance was the oldest son in the Loud family from Santa Barbara, California, featured as a "typical" American family in a documentary series aired nationally on PBS in 1973. For most viewers, Lance was the star of "An American Family," hogging attention with his flamboyant style, his garage band, the Mumps, and most memorably, when he revealed simultaneously to his family and the TV audience the fact that he was gay. Relocating to NYC, Lance and the Mumps regularly filled CBGB with hoards of adoring fans. He thrived on the attention, loving every second of his celebrity, working hard to prolong his 15 minutes of fame. The fun-loving Lance sadly returned to the media spotlight one last time in 2001 when he died from AIDS.