Gloria Loring

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Gloria Loring
Born Gloria Jean Goff
(1946-12-10) December 10, 1946 (age 67)
New York City, New York
Years active 1961–present
Spouse(s) Alan Thicke (1970-1984; divorced)
Christopher Beaumont (1988-1993; divorced)
Rene Lagler (1994-present)

Gloria Loring (born Gloria Jean Goff; December 10, 1946)[1] is an American singer and actress.[2]

Career[edit]

Loring began her music career at age 14, singing with a folk group known as "Those Four." Loring released her first album in 1968. It was titled "Gloria Loring, Today" on MGM Records. She went on to perform on a wide range of television shows in the 1970s, from The Carol Burnett Show to the Academy Awards ceremony.

In 1979 and 1980, Loring and then-husband Alan Thicke composed the theme songs to Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life. There were two versions of the Facts of Life theme song that Loring sang.[3] One version was used from seasons two through six, and a second was used from seasons seven to nine.

Her son Brennan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1979. A year later, Loring joined Days of Our Lives and got the idea to create and self-publish the Days Of Our Lives Celebrity Cookbook to raise money for diabetes research. Volume One was published in 1981 and the followup Volume Two in 1983. The cookbooks, along with her recording "A Shot in the Dark", raised more than one million dollars for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ("JDRF"). She followed that success with three commercially published books, Kids, Food and Diabetes, Parenting a Child with Diabetes, and Living with Type 2 Diabetes: Moving Past the Fear. For the past 30 years, she has served as a spokesperson for JDRF. JDRF is the official philanthropy of her college sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta.[4]

In 1980, when Loring joined the NBC daytime soap Days of Our Lives as chanteuse Liz Chandler, the show was going through a dry spell, with many veterans dropped and many new faces alienating long-time fans. Of the nine new characters introduced in the 1980-1981 season, only Liz garnered a fan following, and was the only one to have her contract renewed. For three years, in real-life, Loring dated Don Diamont, the actor who played the corrupt, long-lost son of her TV husband Dr. Neil Curtis. (Diamont went on to find daytime stardom on The Young and the Restless as Brad Carlton.)

In 1986, Loring scored a #2 Pop and #1 Adult Contemporary hit record in the United States with "Friends and Lovers", with Carl Anderson (also a #1 Country hit in 1986 for Eddie Rabbitt and Juice Newton under the title "Both to Each Other"). Loring originally performed "Friends and Lovers" on Days of Our Lives more than a year before the track finally hit the charts. Her performance of the song generated the largest mail response of any song in NBC daytime history. First recorded as a duet with Anderson (who appeared on Days of Our Lives to sing the song with Loring) in 1985, its release as a single was delayed for a year by legal complications.[5] Loring left Days in 1986 and made sporadic film and television appearances over the next few decades. Her main efforts were spent in theater and in her recording career (though "Friends and Lovers" was her only major hit single).

In 2003, Loring released her first holiday album, You Make It Christmas. In 2008, she released A Playlist, which included a new recording of the song "Friends and Lovers" with Carl Anderson, recorded one year before he died.

Loring's book, Coincidence Is God's Way of Remaining Anonymous, is a spiritual autobiography of how a series of coincidences transformed her life. It was released October 2012 by HCI, Inc.

Personal life[edit]

Loring was born in New York City, the daughter of Dorothy Ann (née Tobin), a singer, and Gerald Louis Goff, a salesman and trumpet player.[1] Loring was married to actor Alan Thicke (Growing Pains) from 1970 until 1983.[citation needed] She has two sons with Thicke, Brennan and singer Robin, as well as a daughter, Gina Loring, by the award-winning broadway star William Marshall.

Loring was married to Christopher Beaumont from 1988 to 1993.[citation needed] In 1994, Loring married production designer René Lagler. They met 24 years earlier on the set of Glen Campbell's variety series.[citation needed]

Loring has been honored with the Lifetime Commitment Award from JDRF, and received the Woman of Achievement Award from the Miss America Organization. She has been featured in Who's Who in America. Gloria Loring lived in Miami Beach, Florida as a teenager and attended Miami Beach Senior High School, where she graduated in 1964.[citation needed] She was admired for her attractive looks and her talent as a singer.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

  • Today, Gloria Loring - 1968 MGM Records
  • And Now We Come To Distances - 1970 Evolution Records
  • Sing a Song for the Mountain - 1972 Evolution Records
  • A Shot in the Dark - 1984 Glitz Records. This release includes the full version of "The Facts of Life"
  • Gloria Loring - 1986 Atlantic Records This release includes the original version of "Friends and Lovers" w/ Carl Anderson
  • Full Moon/No Hesitation - 1988 Atlantic Records
  • Is There Anybody Out There - 1991 Silk Purse. This release includes a solo version of "Friends and Lovers"
  • Turn The Page - 1999 Silk Purse
  • By Request - 2000 Silk Purse. This release includes an acoustic recording of "Tonight, I Celebrate my Love for You", the song adopted by Bo & Hope as their theme song on Days of Our Lives.
  • Friends and Lovers - 2001 Silk Purse
  • You Make it Christmas - 2003 Silk Purse
  • A Playlist - 2008 Silk Purse. Twenty-three years after the original recording of "Friends and Lovers", Gloria and Carl Anderson re-recorded the song for this project, just one year prior to his death.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gloria Loring Biography (1946-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  2. ^ Ellis, Rosemary (November 1987). "Health Front". Working Mother. p. 76. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Back to the 80s: Interview with Gloria Loring of 'Friends and Lovers' - Kickin' it Old School | tBlog.com". Oldschool.tblog.com. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  4. ^ "Alpha Gamma Delta - Accomplished Alpha Gams". Alpha Gamma Delta. Archived from the original on 2010-08-25. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  5. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/song/t5737346

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