|Born||Gale Sandra Klinetsky
August 28, 1940
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Died||February 3, 2014
Waimea, Hawaii, 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||64 (80 with compilations) as a performer
8 as director (per IAFD)
Leonard was a single mother, more mature than post porn ingenues, and had had other occupations, such as a Wall Street broker and publicist.
Leonard began appearing in hardcore pornography in 1974; She appeared in approximately 40 film/projects from 1976–84, in films including Odyssey: The Ultimate Trip (1977), directed by Gerard Damiano, 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 retired from acting in 1984.
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 unsuccessfully attempted to sue the magazine after it published nude photos of them. She was in charge of High Society from 1977 to 1991.
She had a role as a salesperson on Simon & Simon in 1984, in the episode "Manna from Heaven". Leonard had 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.
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.
Awards and recognition
Gloria Leonard was 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.
Leonard suffered a massive stroke in her home in Waimea, Hawaii on January 31, 2014 or early hours of February 1. She wasn't found until about 24 hours later and transported to a nearby hospital. She was left with extensive brain damage as a result of the stroke and died February 3, 2014 after being taken off life support.
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