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Gloria Loring Biography
|Gloria Loring is one of the most pure musical talents in mainstream pop today
Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times|
|Gloria Loring is one of the most versatile singers of her generation. Shes been described as having one of the best vocal instruments in pop music since the salad days of Barbra Streisand. As a singer/actress/songwriter/author Glorias career has spanned three decades encompassing recordings, concert tours, appearances on stage, television, and radio. She is also well known for her role as Celebrity Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Growing up listening to jazz and rock n roll, Gloria began singing professionally at age fourteen with the folk group Those Four. Her first big break came on The Merv Griffin Show. This led to hundreds of appearances on television variety and talk shows such as The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Carol Burnett Show, and Dean Martin Show, as well as the Emmy Awards and the Academy Awards.
During the years when her sons, Brennan and Robin (by former husband Alan Thicke) were young, she started writing songs and studying acting. In addition to co-writing the theme songs for the hit series Diffrent Strokes and Facts of Life, Gloria co-wrote Whatve You Got to Lose with Eric Kaz which was recorded by the group, Pablo Cruise, for the feature film Inside Moves.
In 1977, she recorded a song called Brooklyn with producer Mike Post. Although it was never intended, the finished record sounded perfect for the country market. To counteract Glorias pop image, they released it under the name Cody Jameson. It became a country hit.
In 1980, Gloria won the role of Liz Chandler on NBC-TVs Days of Our Lives. It was her first acting job and lasted for 6 1/2 years. During that time, she secured a place in the hearts of the daytime audience. Her weekly singing performances on Days generated a non-stop flow of fan mail and her acting talent enabled her to become one of the most popular actresses in daytime. The Days audience, over ten million strong, assisted in giving Gloria a #1 hit record, Friends and Lovers, a duet with Carl Andersen.
She is an author and publisher. After her son, Brennan, was diagnosed with diabetes, she created and published The Days of Our Lives Celebrity Cookbook, Vol. 1 and Vol. II to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International. Those books, plus her album, A Shot in the Dark, raised over $1 million for diabetes research.
In addition, Gloria wrote Kids, Food, and Diabetes, published in 1986. It contained recipes, menus, and practical advice for parents of diabetic children. Just recently, a CD ROM version called CookN for Diabetics was made available, underwritten by a grant from KitchenAid. In 1991, Lowell House published her book Parenting a Diabetic Child. Then Gloria published The Kids, Food and Diabetes Family Cookbook to raise more money for diabetes research. A video version of Parenting a Diabetic Child was later produced in English and Spanish, also to benefit JDFI and a new edition has just been released.
In recent years, Gloria also took her acting and singing talents to live theatre. She starred in the stage production, Blame it on the Movies, at the Burt Reynolds Theatre to rave reviews and a sold-out run. Other shows have included the comedy, Queen of the Soaps, at the International City Theatre, which won a Drama-Logue Award, the San Francisco production of Stardust, directed by Tony Award winner Henry LeTang and the Tony Award winner George Furths musical Music Minus One. She also toured the U.S. and Canada as Reno Sweeney in Cole Porters musical Anything Goes.
On television, Gloria has been a special guest star on numerous shows and movies-of-the-week on all the major networks. She also hosted the television series, From the Heart along with joining the Pointer Sisters in a Showtime TV Special, and helped create the good vibrations of the Beach Boys 25th Anniversary Special. She will be featured on CD HWY, the hot new music show on 154 PBS stations across the country in 2002.
Over the years, Gloria has shared the stage with Bill Cosby, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Al Jarreau, the Pointer Sisters, Mel Tormé, and many other top performers. Her recordings have featured such great talents as George Duke, Bobby Caldwell, Jeffrey Osborne, Deniece Williams, Howard Hewitt, Bill Champlin (of Chicago) and The Nylons.
As a singer, doing pop concerts or performing with a symphony orchestra Gloria has performed all over North America, Europe, and has enjoyed four sold-out concert tours in Australia.
Glorias most recent CD release (her ninth), By Request, features fourteen familiar and well-loved songs recorded in response to email requests from around the world. Beginning with I Get a Kick Out of You and culminating with a haunting version of Winds Beneath My Wings, this project offers an intimate conversation between artist and listener. Gloria is currently writing a book, Coincidence is Gods Way of Remaining Anonymous which examines the coincidences that have inspired her life and the lives of others. Each song in her CD, Turn the Page,relates to a chapter of the book.
Glorias twenty-one years as a spokesperson for biomedical research have led her to the lecture circuit, where she is known for her inspiring talks, punctuated with music. She also writes a monthly column for the Diabetes Wellness Letter. Her charitable efforts, particularly on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International, have been recognized with several humanitarian awards, as well as the Woman of the Year award by the Jewelers Association. In 1999, JDFI recognized her with their Lifetime Commitment Award and she was awarded the 1999 Woman of Achievement Award by the Miss America Organization. She is currently listed in the Whos Who in America and Whos Who in Entertainment. Gloria resides in Southern California with her husband, television production designer René Lagler.
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