In her twenties, Tammy Bruce had to confront the emotional pain of losing her loved one, Brenda Benet.
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Quick Facts About Tammy Bruce
|Date of Birth
|Aug 20, 1962
|5′ 8″ (173 cm)
Bruce, who had initially identified as bisexual but later chose to label herself as a lesbian, was set to marry Benet. Unfortunately, their relationship with the actress did not conclude on a positive note, leading to the withholding of any details about her personal life.
Benet’s death traumatized her.
Bruce served as Benet’s secretary on the set of Days of Our Lives during a challenging period for the actress. Benet was coping with the loss of her son and had recently gone through a divorce from her ex-husband Bill Bixby.
After a decade of marriage and the birth of a child, the actress divorced Bixby in 1979. Tragically, on March 1, 1981, she lost her son, Christopher Sean Bixby, to a rare childhood illness known as acute epiglottitis.
Despite the hardships, Bruce remained a supportive presence in Benet’s life. They rekindled their romance after Benet’s divorce (there were reports of a previous relationship) and even moved in together in a house in Mandeville Canyon, west Los Angeles.
However, their relationship was short-lived, ending in March 1982 for reasons undisclosed, though they seemed to part amicably. Little did Bruce know that a devastating event awaited her two weeks later.
On April 7, 1982, during a lunch date with Benet, Bruce discovered that Benet had locked herself in the bathroom. Despite calling the authorities, it was too late when the police arrived. Breaking down the door, they found Benet dead, having taken her own life with a.38 caliber gunshot wound to her head.
The tragic incident took a toll on Bruce, leading to a mental breakdown. She spent several days in the hospital, and Benet’s ex-husband, Bill Bixby, covered the entire hospital bill as an act of support.
She’d already come out in her twenties.
Born on August 20, 1962, Bruce experienced a childhood marked by poverty. Growing up without knowledge of her father, coupled with the infrequent presence of her hardworking store clerk mother, presented challenges. Adding to this was the awareness of her own homosexuality, which she acknowledged with pride from a young age.
Despite identifying as a conservative, Bruce actively engaged in gay and lesbian activism. She organized marches and advocated for gay and women’s rights, emphasizing that not all conservatives hold hostile views towards the LGBT community.
In a notable October 2010 interview with The Guardian, the Northridge native pointed out that many conservatives, driven by their faith, approach homosexuality differently than she does. Contrary to common assumptions, she expressed finding conservatives more understanding on this matter.
Net Worth and Income Sources
Bruce is a conservative political commentator and TV personality affiliated with the Fox Network. She is a staunch advocate for free speech and the Second Amendment, having been involved in journalism since the 1990s and feminist activism since the late 1980s.
From 1990 onwards, she held the position of president at the National Organization for Women for seven years.
Subsequently, after graduating from the University of Southern California, she hosted a nationally broadcasted radio show on a talk radio network, disseminating her political insights across various media platforms.
The 58-year-old has authored three books, all of which became New York Times bestsellers. Her literary works, combined with her role as an expert political analyst, have significantly contributed to her net worth. As of January 2024, Tammy Bruce’s net worth is estimated to be around $2 million.