‘The Nine Lives of Marion Barry’- HBO Documentry

58059339Marion Barry: Washington, D.C. councilman, mayor, womanizer, drug abuser, convict, punch line, councilman, mayor, councilman. Viewed from a safe distance, his extravagant misadventures have been good for a laugh or two over the years, the odd bemused shake of the head.  Nowadays, of course, scandal-beset politicians can seem as common as crows. But what sets Barry apart is that however crazy his private life has become, he has been continually returned to office. Now 73, he’s in his second term representing D.C.’s disadvantaged Eighth Ward on the city council.

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Pictured: Washington Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry attends the HBO documentary Screening of ‘Nine Lives of Marion Barry’ at the HBO Theater on August 6, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)