Gloria Allred Biography
Gloria Allred was born on July 3, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Gloria Bloom. She is an actress, known for We the People With Gloria Allred (2011), Rat Race (2001) and John Q (2002). She was previously married to William Allred and Peyton Huddleston Bray, Jr.
After graduating from the Philadelphia High School for Girls, she attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she met her first husband, Peyton Bray. The couple had their only child, Lisa, on September 20, 1961, and divorced shortly after. Lisa Bloom is also an attorney and is best known as a former Court TV anchor.
Gloria Bloom moved back in with her parents and continued her education. In 1963, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English, graduating with honors. To the delight of her professor, she wrote her honors thesis on black writers. She tried her hand at a variety of jobs before she decided to become a teacher, taking a position at Benjamin Franklin High School. She began work on a graduate degree at New York University, where she became interested in the civil rights movement. After earning a master’s degree, she became a teacher and, in 1966, moved to Los Angeles, California, and lived in Watts. She worked for the Los Angeles Teachers Association and taught at Jordan High School and Fremont High School.
During a vacation in Acapulco in 1966, Bloom was raped at gunpoint. She discovered she was pregnant and sought an abortion. Abortion was illegal for doctors to perform at the time so Allred had a back-alley abortion. After undergoing the procedure, she began hemorrhaging and became infected, only recovering after being hospitalized. She did not report the rape, she said, because she didn’t think anyone would believe her.
In 1968, she married William Allred. She enrolled in Southwestern University School of Law and later transferred to Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles. Allred graduated and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1975. Allred divorced her husband in 1987, retaining her married name.
Gloria Allred Legal Career
Allred has represented a wide variety of clients in civil rights suits that have involved sexual harassment, women’s rights, wrongful termination, and employment discrimination. The New Republic has called her “a longtime master of the press conference.” She often takes high-profile cases, using press conferences and appearances on television to much effect.
Allred has represented many clients in suits against celebrities, including those against Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Herman Cain, David Boreanaz, Scott Lee Cohen, Anthony Weiner, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Esai Morales.
Allred started the firm Allred, Maroko & Goldberg with fellow Loyola graduates Michael Maroko and Nathan Goldberg in January 1976. In 1979, 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 leading hearings on outlawing abortion, Allred presented him with a chastity belt. Schmitz retaliated in a press release, calling her a “slick butch lawyeress.” She sued him for libel, and eventually secured a settlement of $20,000 and an apology.
In 1985, Allred, along with Catharine MacKinnon, drafted a version of the Antipornography Civil Rights Ordinance for Los Angeles County. The legislation failed to pass the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Allred is representing at least 28 women who accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and/or other sexual misconduct.She is also representing three women who accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct — claims which Trump has denied, and which first arose during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
In 2017, the State Bar of California opened an investigation into possible misconduct by Allred, and the case has been forwarded to the State Bar’s Enforcement Unit for further investigation and possible prosecution. Allred issued a statement denying any wrongdoing and claiming the investigation was sparked by a failed extortion attempt
Gloria Allred Husband
During her days at the University of Pennsylvania, she met her future husband-to-be, Peyton Bray. She got married to her husband Peyton in 1960. The couple gave birth to their daughter named Lisa Bloom on 21st September 1961.
But after the birth of their only child, Gloria divorced her husband Peyton and moved with her parents to complete her education. After six years of lonely life, she walked down the aisle with her second husband William Allred in 1968. She adopted his name and stayed married with him for nearly two decades before calling it quit in 1987.
Gloria Allred Children
She has one child only.
Gloria Allred Age
Gloria Allred was born in 1941.
Gloria Allred Networth
Gloria has represented a wide range of top celebrities including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Herman Cain, David Boreanaz, Anthony Weiner, and Esai Morales to name few; charges stupendous amount to represent them. Her attorney career boasts her net worth to gigantic margin of $20 million. Her fortunes also get a helping hand from her radio show on KABC as a co-host and as a panelist on TV game show “To Tell the Truth.”
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Gloria Allred Awards And Honours
Over the course of her 42-year legal career, Gloria Allred has won countless honors for her pioneering legal work on behalf of women’s rights and rights for minorities.
Ms. Allred won the President’s Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers and the President’s Award for Outstanding Volunteerism, presented to her in 1986 by President Reagan at the White House. She has been voted by her peers as one of the best lawyers in America. In January 2014, Gloria received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Trial Lawyers for her trailblazing role in combating injustice and winning new rights, especially for women and minorities.
Gloria Allred is also a three-time Emmy nominee for her commentaries on KABC television in Los Angeles. Her nationally syndicated television show, “We the People, with Gloria Allred,” was also nominated in 2012 for a Daytime Emmy Award.
Ms. Allred was also selected as one of the most important radio talk show hosts in America by USA Today, and in May 2001, she received the Judy Jarvis Memorial Award from the National Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts for her outstanding contributions to talk radio.
Articles by her or about her have appeared in publications such as Time magazine, the New York Times, Ms. magazine, the American Lawyer, the Daily News, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Herald Examiner and the London Times. In July 1990, Los Angeles Magazine named her “One of the 30 Most Powerful People in Los Angeles” and in 1994, “One of the 50 Most Interesting People in Los Angeles.” Time magazine called her “one of the nation’s most effective advocates of family rights and feminist causes.” In 1986, she received a commendation from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for her “exceptional record of achievement” and a commendation from Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley “for her many outstanding contributions to the justice system.”
About Gloria AllredMs. Allred is also the only individual in the nation to win the 1986 Public Service Award from the National Association of Federal Investigators.
In 1998, the Los Angeles Business Journal named her “One of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Los Angeles Law.” In 2000, the Daily Journal named her “One of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California.”
In 2006, Ms. Allred was honored by her high school as a “Distinguished Daughter” of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, an honor that she received at a ceremony in Philadelphia. Also in 2007, she was presented the “Silver Achievement Award” by the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles for “distinguishing herself in the community through professional, volunteer and/or philanthropic work resulting in significant change.” In addition, she was selected by New York University to receive its Distinguished Alumnus Award, which she accepted at its commencement in May 2009.
Ms. Allred was elected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers listings from 2004 to 2018 by Law and Media and Los Angeles Magazine and she has been selected for inclusion in the 2011-2018 editions of “Best Lawyers in America.” In September 2013, she received the Victoria Woodhull Award from the Veteran Feminists of America for her dedicated efforts as a champion of women’s civil rights. In 2014, she received the Face Forward Award for her legal support of victims of domestic violence and Loyola Law School named Gloria one of its top 50 most Inspirational Alumni. In 2015 Ms. Allred was honored with the inaugural Elgy Award for her decade’s long commitment to secure equality for the LGBT community and most recently Gloria was honored at the 2016 International Women’s Forum (IWF) World Leadership Conference with the 2016 IWF Women Who Make a Difference Award.
In 2017 Netflix announced “Seeing Allred” an original documentary about Ms. Allred and her battles for justice which will launch globally on Netflix in February 2018 after its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. In February 2018 Ms. Allred will receive the Lenore Kramer Award for Excellence from the Women’s Caucus of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
In addition to being an attorney, Ms. Allred holds California life credentials in secondary school education and supervision. She taught in public schools for 6½ years and was a lecturer at the University of Southern California for several years.
Ms. Allred is the author of “Fight Back and Win: My Thirty-Year Fight Against Injustice — And How You Can Win Your Own Battles.”
Ms. Allred’s daughter, Lisa Bloom, is an attorney in California. Ms. Allred’s grand-daughter Sarah is an attorney in New York and her grandson Sam is a paralegal.
President Obama has introduced Ms. Allred as “one of the best attorneys in the country.