August 28, 1940 |
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Other names||C. Gale Leonard, Gail Leonard, Gayle Leonard|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||157 lb (71 kg)|
|Spouse(s)||Bobby Hollander, ?-1990, divorced|
|No. of adult films||36 (per IAFD)|
Adult film career
Leonard began appearing in hardcore pornography in 1974; She appeared in approximately 40 film/projects from 1976-84, in films including The Trouble With Young Stuff, All About Gloria Leonard (both of which were written and directed by Joseph W. Sarno), The Opening of Misty Beethoven (directed by Radley Metzger), Fortune Smiles and Taboo: American Style. She worked with actresses Constance Money, Leslie Bovee, Sharon Mitchell, Jennifer Welles, and Samantha Fox before retiring from the screen in the 1984. She also directed several porn films, and was formerly married to Bobby Hollander. After moving to Hawaii in 1993, she returned to Los Angeles in 1997 to work for Private Media Group.
For 14 years Leonard served as publisher of High Society magazine, which pioneered such novelties as nude celebrity photos and phone sex lines. She was hired by the magazine's publisher Carl Ruderman, who wanted a female publisher of a men's magazine. Margot Kidder, Ann-Margret and Barbra Streisand attempted to sue the magazine after it published nude photos of them.She was in charge of High Society from 1977 to 1991.
She served as administrative director of the Adult Film and Video Association of America, the adult film industry trade association, from 1989 to 1992, until that organization merged with the Free Speech Coalition. In 1998, she was elected president of the FSC She was also president of the AFVAA in 1986.
Gloria Leonard is one of twenty-five women of the golden era of adult films featured in the 2012 book, by author Jill C. Nelson, entitled: Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985, published by BearManor Media.
She had a role as a salesperson on Simon & Simon in 1984, in the episode "Manna from Heaven". Gloria has also been a guest on several talk-shows, including Oprah, Geraldo, Maury, Larry King and Howard Stern. She has also hosted her own television shows - The Leonard Report: For Adults Only and later, Gloria Leonard's Hot Shopper Hour.
- "Gloria Leonard". lukeisback.com. Retrieved 2009-03-30.
- "Gloria Leonard". Feminists for Free Expression. Retrieved 2009-03-30.
- "10th Annual Erotic Awards," Adam Film World, January 1987, p. 7
- by Jill C. Nelson. Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985 (First edition ed.). BearManor Media. ISBN 9781593932985.