Aliases: Aria Ola, C Gale Leonard, Gail Leonard, Gail Leonardi, Gayle
Leonard, Gloria Leanard
Born: August 28, 1940
Hometown: Bronx, New York
AKA: Gayle Leonard
Height: 5 ft. 9 in.
Weight: 136 lbs.
Breasts: 40C Waist: 33" Hips: 37"
Gloria Leonard, the doyenne
of the erotic film industry, was born Gail Leonardi on August 28, 1940
in The Bronx, New York. Blessed with a 40-33-37 figure and 5' 9", the
brown-haired, brown-eyed porn star from porn's "Golden Age" (1972 until
the advent of video tape) made movies under her own name as well as the
alias(es) C. Gale Leonard and Gail (or Gayle) Leonard.
She appeared in approximately 70 adult films before taking over "High
Society" magazine in 1979. In her 14 years as publisher of "High
Society", she created the genre of "Celebrity Skin". The magazine also
was a pioneer in the phone sex industry.
Miss Leonard served as the administrative director of the Adult Film
Association from 1989 to 1992, until the AFA merged with the Free Speech
Coalition. Gloria returned to the porn industry in 1997 and was elected
president of the Free Speech Coalition in 1998.
She was married to the fabled porn producer Bobby Hollander. They
divorced in 1990.
Prior to her porn career, she was a stockbroker on Wall Street.
Served as administrative director of the now-defunct Adult Film
Association, the pornographic film industry trade association, from
1989-1992. Leonard was kicked out after the merger of the AFA with the
Free Speech Coalition (FSC) as FSC board members didn't want an
outspoken former porn star to be the face of the new organization, and
they objected to her demand that the term "Adult" be retained for the
new organization's title. "Many of us are motivated by passion and
principle rather than just profits." Ironically, after leaving the
industry for several years in the 1990s, she was elected president of
the FSC in 1998, one year after her return to porn production.
Leonard grew up in New York. She worked on Wall Street for three years
as a registered representative of the now defunct Schweickart and
Company. Leonard also worked for various PR firms. She started out as a
copywriter for Electra Records when they were "just a little one-room
office in Greenwhich Village.
'High Society' magazine owner Carl Ruderman hired Leonard to be the
publisher of the men's magazine to give it the unique twist of having a
woman as the head of its editorial operation. As the publisher of 'High
Society' from 1977-1991, Leonard pioneered the (un)coverage of
celebrities (in its Celebrity Skin features and stand-alone magazines)
and phone telephone sex.
Profiled in the book "Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic
Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985" by Jill C. Nelson.
"I started supervising layouts, shoots, writing a lion's share of the
copy, including cover lines. I went out on the road and visited many of
our wholesalers. There were 400-500. They in turn distributed to the
retail level. I met with everyone from the truck drivers to the company
principals. I examined bulk records to see how many copies an agency was
getting. How many magazines they were returning. I did four to seven
media interviews a day at times, depending on what 'High Society' wanted
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