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In a career which moved frantically behind the scenes, front and center is where Gloria Leonard
has spent most of her
Leonard grew up in New York and, before entering the adult industry, worked for three years as a registered representative of the now-defunct Schweickart and Company on Wall street.
also worked for various public relations firms, starting out as a copywriter for Elektra Records and set coordinator in films.
was a much sought-after guest on countless talk shows (Oprah, Sally, Geraldo, Maury, Howard Stern et al) Gloria
is an enigmatic presence whose aristocratic simplicities contend with a disarming intellect for your consideration.
has also hosted her
own television talk shows--The Leonard Report: For Adults Only and later, Gloria Leonard's Hot Shopper Hour
, a humorously hedonistic paean to home shopping which featured sexy merchandise, interesting guests and comic relief. (Vogue Magazine's review advised the Fox Network to snap her
fourteen-year stint as Publisher of High Society Magazine
into the eye of many media hurricanes.
pioneered both the publishing of "celebrity skin" (Margot Kidder, Ann-Margret and Barbara Streisand all tried to sue) and the controversial concept of phone sex, ultimately fighting all the way to The Supreme Court which ultimately ruled in her
knew no restraint when it came to fighting for the life she
No activist at leisure Gloria tool charge and campaigned for rights freedoms and a true voice within the clouded world of tangling governmental challenges.
never would turn down an opening to voice her
convictions to the masses, she
would not be censored, stood up, turned down or silenced in any matter concerning her
at the helm, High Society
became one of the best selling newsstand magazines in America.
will forever be a devoted feminist and First Amendment activist.
has lectured and debated extensively on the issues of censorship, pornography and the effect on the women's movement at dozens of colleges and university campuses.
She has served as President of the Adult Film Association of America, the Administrative Director of the Adult Video Association and sat on the Board of Directors of the Free Speech Coalition.
Ms. Leonard's career began as a photographer's stylist and men's magazine journalist and most recently, she directed several films aimed at couples in general and women in particular ("Vow of Passion," "Slow Dancing," "Two Hearts" and "Fortune Smiles", which is highly regarded by a number of accredited sex educators.
continued to perform in hardcore throughout the 80's, finally retiring from the screen in the early 90's.
carnal career was just one of many irons she
had in the fire, but Gloria Leonard
never turned in a performance that was anything less than sensual and utterly passionate.
continues to speak out on behalf of the porn industry whenever she
gets a chance.
currently spends most of her
time living near the beach on the secluded tropical island where she
a member of both the XRCO and AVN Halls of Fame.
Gloria Leonard was born in New York City, is currently single after three trips to the altar, and single-handedly raised a now-married daughter who owns a prestigious art gallery.
Born 8/28/40, Gloria Leonard appeared in about 40 porn movies from 1976-84.
For 14 years, she served as publisher of the High Society sex magazine.
, who stands 5'9, pioneered the phone sex industry and celebrity skin magazines.
used to be married to pornographer Bobby Hollander.
During the early '80s, she
had a one year affair with pornographer Ron Sullivan.
later directed several pornos including the Savannah vehicle Vow of Passion.
Between 1989-92, she served as administrative director of the now defunct Adult Film Association.
When it merged with Free Speech Coalition
was tossed out.
Several video company owners thought that an ex-porn star could not have credibility with the public.
and company also fought over the name for the industry's new trade group.
wanted "adult" in the name while many of the company owners preferred something more generic in the vain hope of attracting broader support.
"Many of us are motivated by passion and principle rather than just profits."
In 1993, Gloria
moved to Hawaii.
She returned to Los Angeles to work for Private in October of 1997.
"Sometimes you have to go away for a few years for people to appreciate you.
In early 1998, she
was elected president of the Free Speech Coalition
grew up in New York.
She worked on Wall Street for three years as a registered representative of the now defunct Schweickart and Company.
also worked for various PR firms.
started out as a copywriter for Electra Records when they were "just a little one-room office in Greenwhich Village.
On special days, like Christmas or Valentine's Day, Gloria
own masturbatory fantasies.
played a large role in my teenage years.
Born in 1966, I first began consuming porn in 1982.
My diet largely consisted of magazines like Playboy, Penthouse and Gloria's High Society, perhaps my favorite.
symbolized to me the wicked woman.
During the early '80s, Gloria Leonard
almost produced the first million dollar porno.
Soon after Leonard
moved from New York, it became "logistically impractical" for her
to stay on as High Society publisher.
Gloria names PAW founder Bill Margold as one of her closest friends in porn along with the manager of a laser disc company, Mara Epstein.
writes from Hawaii: Poor Jeff Goodman!
If you look up the word "nerd" in the dictionary, his
picture is right there!
I won't even dignify his
imbecilic remarks about my age and appearance some twenty or so years ago. s---, even blow-up dolls chewed holes in themselves so as not to have sex with this geek, so what can you expect?