Gloria Leonard was an American pornographic actress who became the publisher of High Society magazine. As a board member of Adult Video Association and its successor the Free Speech Coalition, Leonard was an outspoken advocate for the adult film industry and free speech rights. In the 1960s, Leonard was a registered representative for the bond trading firm of Schweickert & Company, she went into public relations and worked for Elektra Records. In the 1970s, she worked for a film production company in the Caribbean. Upon her return to New York, looking for work, she contacted casting agent Dorothy Palmer, who failed to tell Leonard that the acting role she cast her in was for an adult film. Leonard began appearing in hardcore pornography in 1974 and appeared in 40 film/projects from 1976–84, in films including Odyssey: The Ultimate Trip, directed by Gerard Damiano, The Trouble With Young Stuff, All About Gloria Leonard, Fortune Smiles, Maraschino Cherry and Taboo: American Style, she is best known for her role in The Opening of Misty Beethoven, Radley Metzger’s erotic reimagining of George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion.
She retired from acting in 1984. She directed several films for companies such as Adam & Eve, VCA Pictures, Vivid Entertainment. In 1977, she was hired as the publisher of High Society magazine, a position she held for 14 years while continuing to act and appear in films, she was hired by the magazine's publisher Carl Ruderman, who wanted a female publisher of a men's magazine. Adult-industry historian Ashley West stated in an interview that Ruderman expected her to be a figurehead, but that she took the position seriously. West said, "Gloria would visit wholesalers herself, had relationships with all the distributors, would hire and fire staff, would supervise layouts, would recommend and decide upon the content, so became a hands-on editor, at least in the first five or six years of her stint at High Society."Leonard is credited with two successful ideas that each became cottage industries: the publishing of nude celebrity photos and phone sex lines. Starting out as a feature that showcased risqué photos of celebrities like Jodie Foster and Goldie Hawn lifted from film stills, the former became a spin-off venture of High Society called Celebrity Skin magazine in 1986.
Over its 25-year run Margot Kidder, Ann-Margret and Barbra Streisand unsuccessfully attempted to sue the magazine after it published nude photos of them. Leonard is credited with being one of the first people to use "976 numbers" for promotional purposes and as a revenue stream: this became known as the "phone sex" industry. Leonard recorded her own voice informing callers of the contents of the next issue of High Society magazine before its publication, she recorded others such as Annie Sprinkle "talking sexy". Leonard convinced magazine owner Ruderman to purchase more of these numbers and the business began to be successful using the magazine to promote the service. Early in her career she was interviewed by a magazine for an article titled "The Parkway All-Stars" about a group of overachievers who grew up within a 15-block radius; the article featured interviews with actor Robert Klein, actress Penny Marshall and fashion designers Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. Leonard remarked to a colleague, "Yeah, I knew Ralph Lauren when he was Ralph Lipschitz."Leonard was presenter at an awards ceremony for Video Review magazine, emceed by Klein.
She recalled in an interview, "When he introduced me he told the audience,'For 15 years I walked to school with this woman and I saw more of her in three minutes of Misty Beethoven than I saw in all of those 15 years.'"Leonard appeared in a documentary film by Melissa Monet called Porn—It's A Living. Leonard delivered the film's opening line: "Not too many people are going to be proud saying,'Look at my daughter, look how good she sucks cock.'" She had a role as a salesperson on Simon & Simon in 1984, in the episode "Manna from Heaven". Leonard had been a guest on several talk shows, including Oprah, Maury, Larry King, Morton Downey Jr. and Howard Stern. She has hosted her own television shows - The Leonard Report: For Adults Only and Gloria Leonard's Hot Shopper Hour. Leonard helped found and was a lifetime member of one of the industry's earliest adult actress support groups. Started in 1984, the group was named Club 90 and met at Annie Sprinkle's home at "90 Lexington Avenue" in New York.
Other members included Veronica Vera, Veronica Hart, Annie Sprinkle, Candida Royalle. 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 president of the AFVAA in 1986. Leonard was a feminist and free speech advocate, debated on the issues of pornography and censorship and their impact on the women's movement at several colleges and universities. For several years in the 1980s she debated representatives from the feminist organization Women Against Pornography at numerous college campuses, she won the Best Actress award for Taboo, American Style from the AFAA. Leonard is a member of the X-Rated Critics Organization Hall of Fame and Adult Video News Hall of Fame. Leonard was Jewish and raised in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City, she was a single mother, more mature than most porn ingenues, had had other occupations, such as a Wall Street broker and publicist.
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Gail Harris is a British-born model, adult-magazine publisher, adult-industry entrepreneur. Before her film-industry work, Gail Thackray was a Page 3 girl for the British tabloid press, she became a popular nude model from the mid–1980s, frequenting the pages of various pornographic magazines, including Knave, High Society, Genesis. In 1986, as Gail Thackray, she was featured on the front cover, 14-page spread of Larry Flynt's Hustler and the 10th-anniversary feature model of High Society, she transitioned and set her sights on Hollywood, beginning her career as an extra and actress performing nude scenes in low-budget B-movies, sexploitation films, softcore porn film and video. In the mid‑1980s, she appeared nude in many episodes of Electric Blue, a softcore porn show that aired on the Playboy Channel, she costarred with many porn stars including Kitten Natividad, Candie Evans, Taylor St. Clair, Ron Jeremy, Ginger Lynn Allen, she began performing stunt and body double work. In 1990, Harris starred in two horror/action direct-to-video films for director Jim Wynorski In Hard to Die, credited as Robyn Harris, she stars as a lingerie model, trapped in a high rise with a madman and gets to fire a machine gun in skimpy underwear.
In Sorority House Massacre II, Harris plays the female lead as a coed terrorised by a serial killer. Harris is popularly known as a "scream queen" and was named in the website Mr. Skin's Nudity Hall of Fame. In 1988, Harris founded Falcon Foto, a prominent provider of adult-entertainment material to the publishing and Internet industries with a library of over 2 million images. A 2004 USA Today story stated that Falcon Foto had the world's largest owned library of erotic photos, worth more than $25 million according to online experts. Falcon Foto serves as the major licensor of adult material to print publishing groups, contributing 40% of all photo content in the industry. In 1988, Harris created the first niche adult magazine, Barely Legal, for Larry Flynt Publications, which became one of Flynt's best-selling titles; the launch of Barely Legal revolutionised the industry with 22 copycat titles appearing, as well as format changes in established publications and in the video medium. Falcon proved its vision again with a second title, Hometown Girls, published in partnership with Flynt, becoming Flynt's third top earner.
Falcon Foto's third announcement of a new title Virgins Magazine created a bidding war before the concept was released. When the Internet began to expand in the mid 1990s, Harris had a viable pornographic business in place. Falcon Foto began digitising their entire library for use on the Internet and by the early 2000s, Harris had created multiple Internet sites, such as FalconFoto.com, FalconFoto.net, Falcongold.com, focusing on the pornographic'niche' market. In a 2003 interview, she stated the mission of her company was "o provide the best adult content to satisfy the niche fantasy of every perv on the Internet." She claimed her company had the distinction of being the "first to shoot a granny and the first to create an entire magazine devoted to young girls." Her other niche products included photos and videos for Barely Legal, Busty Beauties, Hometown Girls, 40+, other magazines. In 2003, Harris collaborated with Larry Flynt III to create Contrentrus.com, both producing and marketing pornographic video products.
In 2006, Harris finished a year as a consultant for Flynt, putting her staff to work helping Flynt develop websites, Vegas casino projects, video lines, a mobile operation within his empire. In 2006, Harris collaborated with porn actors Brandi Love and Chris Potoski to form Naked Rhino Media, a multimedia porn site that featured exclusive niche-specific content. Harris met her first husband Scott Harris while skydiving in the United States. Scott was the photographer who parachuted into the Michael Jackson compound during the 6 October 1991 wedding for Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky. On 1 August 2004, Thackray married adult entertainment entrepreneur Jason Tucker. On 19 February 2011, they were separated. Thackray retired from acting and producing in 2002 and stayed on as a resident of Los Angeles in the United States, where she enjoys riding horses and spending time with her family. Takin' It Off.... Hannah Electric Blue 38.... Limo Driver Electric Blue 41.... Jeanie Electric Blue 43.... Louise Party Favors....
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Barbara Joan "Barbra" Streisand is an American singer and filmmaker. In a career spanning six decades, she has achieved success in multiple fields of entertainment and has been recognized with two Academy Awards, ten Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors prize, four Peabody Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, nine Golden Globes, she is among a small group of entertainers who have been honored with an Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award – though only three were competitive awards – and is one of only two artists in that group who have won a Peabody. After beginning a successful recording career in the 1960s, Streisand ventured into film by the end of that decade, she starred in the critically acclaimed Funny Girl, for which she won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Her other films include The Owl and the Pussycat, The Way We Were, A Star Is Born, for which she received her second Academy Award, composing music for the love theme "Evergreen", the first woman to be honored as a composer.
With the release of Yentl in 1983, Streisand became the first woman to write, produce and star in a major studio film. The film won an Oscar for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical. Streisand is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, with more than 68.5 million albums in the U. S. and with a total of 150 million albums and singles sold worldwide making her the best-selling female artist among top-selling artists recognized by the Recording Industry Association of America. The RIAA and Billboard recognize Streisand as holding the record for the most top 10 albums of any female recording artist: a total of 34 since 1963. According to Billboard, Streisand holds the record for the female with the most number one albums. Billboard recognizes Streisand as the greatest female of all time on its Billboard 200 chart and one of the greatest artists of all time on its Hot 100 chart. Streisand is the only recording artist to have a number-one album in each of the last six decades, having released 53 gold albums, 31 platinum albums, 14 multi-platinum albums in the United States.
Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Diana and Emanuel Streisand. Her mother had been a soprano singer in her youth and considered a career in music, but became a school secretary, her father was a high school teacher at the same school. Streisand's family was Jewish, her father earned a master's degree from City College of New York in 1928 and was considered athletic and handsome. As a student, he spent his summers outdoors, once working as a lifeguard and another hitchhiking through Canada. "He'd try anything," his sister Molly said. "He wasn't afraid of anything." He married Ida in 1930, two years after graduating, became a respected educator with a focus on helping underprivileged and delinquent youth. In August 1943, a few months after Streisand's first birthday, her father died at age 34 from complications from an epileptic seizure the result of a head injury years earlier; the family fell with her mother working as a low-paid bookkeeper. As an adult, Streisand remembered those early years as always feeling like an "outcast," explaining, "Everybody else's father came home from work at the end of the day.
Mine didn't." Her mother tried to pay their bills but could not give her daughter the attention she craved: "When I wanted love from my mother, she gave me food," Streisand says. Streisand recalls that her mother had a "great voice" and sang semi-professionally on occasion, in her operatic soprano voice. During a visit to the Catskills when Streisand was 13, she told Rosie O'Donnell and her mother recorded some songs on tape; that session was the first time Streisand asserted herself as an artist, which became her "first moment of inspiration" as an artist. She has an older brother, a half-sister, the singer Roslyn Kind, from her mother's remarriage to Louis Kind in 1949. Roslyn is nine years younger than Streisand. Streisand began her education at the Jewish Orthodox Yeshiva of Brooklyn. There, she was considered to be bright and inquisitive about everything, she next entered Public School 89 in Brooklyn, during those early school years began watching television and going to movies. Watching the glamorous stars on the screen, she was soon entranced by acting and now hoped someday to become an actress as a means of escape: "I always wanted to be somebody, to be famous...
You know, get out of Brooklyn."Streisand became known by others in the neighborhood for her voice. With the other kids she remembers sitting on the stoop in front of their apartment building and singing: "I was considered the girl on the block with the good voice." That talent became a way for her to gain attention. She would practice her singing in the hallway of her apartment building which gave her voice an echoing quality, she made her singing debut at a PTA assembly, where she became a hit to everyone but her mother, critical of her daughter. Young Streisand was invited to sing at weddings and summer camp, along with having an unsuccessful audition at MGM records when she was nine. By the
Ann-Margret Olsson, known as Ann-Margret, is a Swedish-American actress and dancer. As an actress, Ann-Margret is best known for her roles in Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas, The Cincinnati Kid, Carnal Knowledge, The Train Robbers,Tommy, Grumpy Old Men, Grumpier Old Men, All's Faire in Love, she has won five Golden Globe Awards and been nominated for two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, six Emmy Awards. In 2010, she won an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on Order: Special Victims Unit, her singing and acting careers span five decades, starting in 1961. She has a sultry vibrant contralto voice, she had a minor hit in 1961 and a charting album in 1964, scored a disco hit in 1979. In 2001, she recorded a critically acclaimed gospel album, an album of Christmas songs in 2004. Ann-Margret Olsson was born in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, the daughter of Anna Regina and Carl Gustav Olsson, a native of Örnsköldsvik, she described Valsjöbyn as a small town of "lumberjacks and farmers high up near the Arctic Circle".
Her father worked in the United States during his youth and moved there again in 1942, working with the Johnson Electrical Company, while his wife and daughter stayed behind. Ann-Margret and her mother joined her father in the United States in November 1946, her father took her to Radio City Music Hall on the day they arrived, they settled in Illinois. She became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1949. Ann-Margret took her first dance lessons at the Marjorie Young School of Dance, showing natural ability from the start mimicking all the steps, her parents were supportive, her mother handmade all of her costumes. To support the family, Ann-Margret's mother became a funeral parlor receptionist after her husband suffered a severe injury on his job. While a teenager, Ann-Margret appeared on the Morris B. Sachs Amateur Hour, Don McNeill's Breakfast Club, Ted Mack's Amateur Hour, she attended New Trier High School in Winnetka and continued to star in theater. In 1959, she enrolled at Northwestern University, where she was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta, but did not graduate.
As part of a group known as the Suttletones, she performed at the Mist nightclub in Chicago and went to Las Vegas for a promised club date which fell through after the group arrived. They moved on to Los Angeles, through agent Georgia Lund, secured club dates in Newport Beach and Reno, Nevada; the group arrived at the Dunes in Las Vegas, which headlined Tony Bennett and Al Hirt at that time. George Burns heard of her performance, she auditioned for his annual holiday show, in which she and Burns performed a softshoe routine. Variety proclaimed that "George Burns has a gold mine in Ann-Margret... she has a definite style of her own, which can guide her to star status". Ann-Margret began recording for RCA Victor in 1961, her first RCA Victor recording was "Lost Love" from her debut album And Here She Is: Ann-Margret, produced in Nashville with Chet Atkins on guitar, the Jordanaires, the Anita Kerr Singers, with liner notes by mentor George Burns. She had a sexy, throaty contralto singing voice, RCA Victor attempted to capitalize on the'female Elvis' comparison by having her record a version of "Heartbreak Hotel" and other songs stylistically similar to Presley's.
She scored the minor hit "I Just Don't Understand", which entered the Billboard Top 40 in the third week of August 1961 and stayed six weeks, peaking at number 17. The song was covered in live performances by The Beatles and was recorded during a live performance at the BBC, her only charting album was The Beauty and the Beard, on which she was accompanied by trumpeter Al Hirt. Ann-Margret appeared on The Jack Benny Program in 1961, she sang at the Academy Awards presentation in 1962, singing the Oscar-nominated song "Theme from Bachelor in Paradise." Her contract with RCA Victor ended in 1966. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, she had hits on the dance charts, the most successful being 1979's "Love Rush," which peaked at number eight on the disco/dance charts. In 2001, working with Art Greenhaw, she recorded; the album went on to earn a Grammy nomination and a Dove nomination for best album of the year in a gospel category. Her album Ann-Margret's Christmas Carol Collection produced and arranged by Greenhaw, was recorded in 2004.
In 1961, she was signed to a seven-year contract. Ann-Margret made her film debut in a loan-out to United Artists in Pocketful of Miracles, with Bette Davis, it was a remake of the 1933 movie Lady for a Day. Both versions were directed by Frank Capra. Came a 1962 remake of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical State Fair, playing the "bad girl" role of Emily opposite Bobby Darin and Pat Boone, she had tested for the part of Margie, the "good girl", but seemed too seductive to the studio bosses, who decided on the switch. The two roles represented two sides of her real-life personality — shy and reserved offstage, but wildly exuberant and sensuous onstage. In her autobiography, the actress wrote that she changed "from Little Miss Lollipop to Sexpot-Banshee" once the music began, her next starring role, as the all-American teenager Kim from Sweet Apple, Ohio, in Bye Bye Birdie, made her a major star. The premiere at Radio City Music Hall, 16 years after her first visit to the famed theater, was a smash hit: the highest first-week grossing film to date at the Music Hall.
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Margaret Ruth Kidder, professionally known as Margot Kidder, was a Canadian-American actress and activist whose career spanned over five decades. Her accolades include one Daytime Emmy Award. Though she appeared in an array of films and television, Kidder is most known for her performance as Lois Lane in the Superman film series, appearing in the first four films. Born in Yellowknife to a Canadian mother and an American father, Kidder was raised in the Northwest Territories as well as several other Canadian provinces, she began her acting career in the 1960s appearing in low-budget Canadian films and television series, before landing a lead role in Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx. She played twins in Brian De Palma's cult thriller Sisters, a sorority student in the slasher film Black Christmas and the titular character's girlfriend in the drama The Great Waldo Pepper, opposite Robert Redford. In 1977, she was cast as Lois Lane in Richard Donner's Superman, a role which established her as a mainstream actress.
Her performance as Kathy Lutz in the blockbuster horror film The Amityville Horror gained her further mainstream exposure, after which she went on to reprise her role as Lois Lane in Superman II, III, IV. The 1990s were marked by significant health problems for Kidder: In 1990, she sustained serious injuries in a car accident that left her temporarily paralyzed, she had a publicized manic episode and nervous breakdown in 1996 stemming from bipolar disorder. By the 2000s, she maintained steady work in independent films and television, with guest-starring roles on Smallville, Brothers & Sisters and The L Word, appeared in a 2002 Off-Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues. In 2015, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance on the children's television series R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour. In 2005, Kidder became a naturalized U. S. citizen. She was an outspoken political and anti-war activist, continued to participate in political and activist causes through the end of her life. Kidder died on May 13, 2018 at her home in Livingston, aged 69, in what was ruled a suicide by alcohol and drug overdose.
Margaret Ruth Kidder, one of five children, was born on October 17, 1948, in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, the daughter of Jocelyn Mary "Jill", a history teacher, Kendall Kidder, an explosives expert and engineer. Her mother was Canadian, from British Columbia, while her father was an American from New Mexico, she was of English descent. She had one sister, a Canadian actress and executive director of the People for Education charity, three brothers: John and Peter. Kidder's niece Janet Kidder is an actress. Kidder was born in Yellowknife because of her father's employment, which required the family to live in remote locations, her father subsequently served as the manager of the Yellowknife Telephone Company from 1948–1951. Recalling her childhood in northern Canada, Kidder said: "We didn't have movies in this little mining town; when I was 12 my mom took me to New York and I saw Bye Bye Birdie, with people singing and dancing, and, it. I knew. I was clueless, but I okay." In addition to Yellowknife, she spent some time growing up in Labrador City and Labrador.
Kidder became interested in politics from a young age, which she credited to debates her parents would have over the dinner table during her childhood. Kidder suffered with mental health issues from a young age, which stemmed from undiagnosed bipolar disorder. "I knew I was different, had these mind flights that other people didn’t seem to have," she recalled. At age 14, she attempted suicide by swallowing a bottle of codeine capsules after her then-boyfriend broke up with her. Kidder found an outlet in acting as she felt she could "let my real self out… and no one would know it was me." "Nobody encouraged me to be an actress," she recalled. "It was taken as a joke... As a teenager, I envisioned myself in every book. I wanted to be Thomas Wolfe. I wanted to eat everything on the world’s platter, but my eyes were bigger than my stomach." She attended multiple schools during her youth through her family's relocations graduating from Havergal College, a boarding school in Toronto, in 1966. After graduating from Havergal, Kidder relocated to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia, but dropped out after one year.
She returned to Toronto. Kidder made her film debut in a 49-minute film titled The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar, a drama set in a Canadian logging community, produced by the Challenge for Change. Kidder's 1969 appearance in the episode "Does Anybody Here Know Denny?" on the Canadian drama series Corwin earned her a Canadian Film Award for "outstanding new talent."Kidder's first major feature was the 1969 American film Gaily, Gaily, a period comedy starring Beau Bridges, in which she portrayed a prostitute. She subsequently appeared in a number of TV drama series for the CBC, including guest appearances on Wojeck, Adventures in Rainbow Country, a semi-regular role as a young reporter on McQueen, as a panelist on Mantrap which featured discussions centered on a feminist perspective. During the 1971–72 season, she co-starred as barmaid Ruth in Nichols, a James Garner-led western, which aired 22 episodes on NBC. During an August 3, 1970 interview on The Dick Cavett Show, Kidder stated that she was ambivalent t