Gloria Rachel Allred is an American attorney known for taking high-profile and often controversial cases, particularly those involving the protection of women's rights.
53 Facts About Gloria Allred
Gloria Allred has been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.
Gloria Allred's father, Morris, worked as a salesman; her British-born mother, Stella, was a householder.
Gloria Allred Bloom moved back in with her parents and continued her education.
Gloria Allred was employed in a number of occupations before she decided to become a teacher, taking a position at Benjamin Franklin High School.
Gloria Allred began work on a graduate degree at New York University, where she became interested in the civil rights movement.
Gloria Allred worked for the Los Angeles Teachers Association and taught at Jordan High School and Fremont High School.
Gloria Allred discovered she was pregnant and sought an abortion.
Abortion was illegal at the time, so Gloria Allred had a back-alley abortion.
Gloria Allred enrolled in Southwestern University School of Law and later transferred to Loyola University School of Law at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Gloria Allred graduated and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1975.
Gloria Allred divorced her husband in 1987, retaining her married name.
Gloria Allred often takes high-profile cases, using press conferences and appearances on television to much effect.
In 1979, Gloria Allred represented seven children and their parents in a lawsuit against the Sav-On Drugstore chain to stop the store from designating separate sections for boys' and girls' toys.
In 1981, while California State Senator John G Schmitz was presiding over hearings on outlawing abortion, Allred presented him with a chastity belt.
Gloria Allred sued him for libel, and eventually secured a settlement of $20,000 and an apology.
In 1987, Gloria Allred took on the then all-male Friars Club of Beverly Hills, an exclusive private club, over its membership discrimination policies.
Gloria Allred kept pressure on the Committee and urged Packwood to release his diaries.
In 1983, Gloria Allred represented lesbian activists Deborah Johnson and Zandra Rolon in their lawsuit against the owner of a Los Angeles restaurant, Papa Choux, after he denied them service in a booth reserved for "romantic couples".
In 1995, Allred represented 11-year-old Katrina Yeaw in Yeaw v Boy Scouts of America, a suit against the Boy Scouts of America to determine whether the organization had the right to exclude girls from membership.
Gloria Allred represented Melrose Place actress Hunter Tylo in 1997 when producer Aaron Spelling fired her because she was pregnant.
Gloria Allred represented 18-year-old Daniel Kapon, who claimed that Jackson had molested him when he was a child.
Jackson, who an advisor said could be a bit paranoid, reportedly kept an "enemy list" on which Gloria Allred appeared, along with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, illusionist Uri Geller, music executive Tommy Mottola, DA Tom Sneddon, and Janet Arvizo, mother of a Jackson accuser.
Later in 2002, Gloria Allred represented the family of Gwen Araujo, a transgender teen who was brutally beaten to death when it was learned that she had been assigned male at birth.
In 2004, Gloria Allred represented Amber Frey when Frey was a witness in the criminal case against Scott Peterson.
Gloria Allred took the case pro bono for Robin Tyler and Diane Olson and Rev Troy Perry and his spouse Phillip Ray De Blieck.
Gloria Allred represented three former Circuit City employees on behalf of a large plaintiff class in an age discrimination lawsuit against that company after it fired 3,400 workers nationwide in April 2007.
On July 30,2008, Gloria Allred filed a complaint with federal regulators against Downey Savings and Loan Association regarding check-cashing procedures.
In May 2009, Gloria Allred filed a suit arguing that Nadya Suleman was exploiting her octuplets.
Gloria Allred asked for a court-appointed guardian, claiming that Suleman was not properly taking their interests into consideration.
Gloria Allred represented Joslyn James, a pornographic actress and Woods's alleged mistress.
Gloria Allred was visible in the 2010 California gubernatorial race, going public as the lawyer for Nicky Diaz, a former domestic worker for Republican nominee Meg Whitman.
Gloria Allred contended that Whitman employed Diaz for years while knowing that Diaz was an undocumented immigrant.
On October 18,2011, Gloria Allred won court approval to represent nine former cocktail waitresses who were fired from their jobs at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey after they "did not look good enough" in new uniforms modeled after 1920s-era Flapper outfits.
On March 9,2012, Gloria Allred called for an investigation into whether radio host Rush Limbaugh should be prosecuted in Florida under a 19th-century law against "maliciously imputing to [any woman] a want of chastity" for derogatory remarks he made regarding Sandra Fluke, who testified before House Democrats to advocate for free birth control.
Gloria Allred needs to face the consequences of his conduct in every way that is meaningful.
Also in 2012, Gloria Allred took on the case of Jenna Talackova, a Canadian transgender woman who was challenging her disqualification from the Miss Universe Canada pageant for not being a "naturally born" female.
In June 2012 Gloria Allred confirmed that she was representing a former girlfriend of Rudy Eugene, Eugene being the now deceased cannibal of the 2012 Miami cannibalism incident.
On October 4,2013 Gloria Allred was hired by the wife of critically injured motorcyclist Edwin Mieses, who was run over by Alexian Lien during the Hollywood Stuntz gang assault.
Gloria Allred told the press that Mieses, who suffered spinal injuries and two broken legs, was an "innocent victim" who was trying to "defuse the situation".
Gloria Allred issued a statement denying any wrongdoing and claiming the investigation was sparked by a failed extortion attempt.
Gloria Allred's practice negotiated non-disclosures for a victim of Harvey Weinstein, and victims of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and Olympics gymnastics physician Larry Nassar.
Gloria Allred co-hosted a radio talkshow with Mark Taylor on KABC in Los Angeles for 14 years.
Gloria Allred served as a panelist on the 1990 revival of television game show To Tell the Truth.
On March 28,2000, Allred was parodied on the animated TV show Family Guy, by a character named Gloria Ironbox voiced by Candice Bergen in an episode titled "I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar".
Gloria Allred appears as herself in the 2001 film Rat Race.
On September 12,2011, Allred debuted into the courtroom television genre with We the People with Gloria Allred, a show using improv actors to reenact fictitious case scenarios.
On November 27,2016 Gloria Allred appeared as herself on the Epix Tv show Graves.
Gloria Allred founded and is currently president of the Women's Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund WERDLEF.
In 1980, Gloria Allred held a fundraiser at Chippendales for WERLDEF.
Gloria Allred's only child, Lisa Bloom, was born in 1961.
Gloria Allred appeared in a brief fictional cameo as Lisa's lawyer in The Simpsons season 11 mockumentary episode, "Behind the Laughter".
In early 2018, Netflix debuted a documentary about the life and work of Gloria Allred, Seeing Gloria Allred, from directors Roberta Grossman and Sophie Sartain.