William "Bill" Rice

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William Rice (1931 – January 23, 2006) was a member of the avant-garde art scene in the East Village in New York City for many years.

A painter, film actor, and an unaffiliated scholar, Bill Rice was one of the central figures in the various bohemian enclaves that gathered and overlapped in the Lower East Side of the 1960s. Among his diverse achievements, Rice worked with noted Gertrude Stein expert Ulla Dydo on Gertrude Stein: The Language That Rises: 1923–1934 (2003), an essential study of the author’s writing process, using her notebooks and manuscripts.[1]

He was born in Vermont and graduated from Middlebury College. He moved to Manhattan's East Third Street in 1953, and died in Manhattan of lung cancer on January 23, 2006.[2][3]




  1. ^ Yau, John (Jul–Aug 2011). "Bill Rice: Paintings & Works on Paper". The Brooklyn Rail.
  2. ^ Levin, Sara G. (February 2006). "Bill Rice, 74, cult film actor, artist and writer". The Villager. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  3. ^ Cotter, Holland (January 29, 2006). "Bill Rice, 74, Downtown Artist, Actor and Impresario, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2015.

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