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Gloria Leonard’s Porn Star Biography

Gloria Leonard was born and raised in the Bronx where she entered the adult film industry in 1974 at the age of 34. Her maturity and business savvy enabled her to become one of the more recognized and prolific adult stars of the Golden Age of Porn. She made her debut performance in the timeless classic Opening of Misty Beethoven which was directed by Henry Paris (Radley Metzger's pseudonym.) She would go on to star in other notable films like VCX's Trouble with Young Stuff, directed by Joe Sarno (under the pseudonym Otis Hamlin) and the wildly popular Taboo American-Style series for which she won the AVN Best Actress award.

Directorial Debut and Projects

In 1978, 4 years after her film debut, Leonard made her directorial debut. She directed films for studios such as VCA, Adam & Eve, Video-X-Pix, Visual Entertainment, and Vivid. Notable directorial projects include Vivid's Two Hearts and American Garter, which she co-directed with Henri Pachard. Leonard is famously quoted as saying, "The difference between pornography and erotica is the lighting." It was observations like this and her prolific performances in the adult film industry that landed her in both the XRCO and the AVN Halls of Fame.

A Stand Up Woman

Leonard is more than just a XXX film star and director; she's a pioneer and an ambassador for the industry. Not content to simply perform and direct adult films, she was also the publisher of High Society magazine from 1977 to 1991. The magazine famously published nude photos of celebrities Margot Kidder, Ann-Margret, and Barbra Streisand. She was also the administrative director of the Adult Film and Video Association of America. Leonard is a devout feminist and a huge supporter of the First Amendment. She's debated topics dealing with the business, censorship issues, and women's empowerment at many colleges and universities. Gloria was one of the 25 women from the golden age to be featured in the 2012 book Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985, authored by Jill C. Nelson.

Virgin Dreams

1976Studio:

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Jean Jennings was one of the most gorgeous early porn starlets, a youthful stunner . . .


53 Ratings

Legend of Lady Blue

1979Studio:

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Legend of Lady Blue is an erotic film about real people. Iris and Casey are childhood . . .


75 Ratings

Farmer's Daughters

1975Studio:

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AVN Top 500
Starring Hall of Fame actress Gloria Leonard, . . .


384 Ratings

Vanessa's Bed Of Pleasure

1985Studio:

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Vanessa Del Rio leads the pack of stars and starlets in this classic interracial . . .


11 Ratings

The Opening Of Misty Beethoven Actress Commentary Gloria Leonard

1976Studio:

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Watch the Softcore version of the film while Hall of Fame actress Gloria Leonard . . .


8 Ratings

The Opening Of Misty Beethoven Director Commentary with Radley Metzger

1976Studio:

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Watch the full length feature while director Radley Metzger discusses the production, . . .


11 Ratings

The Opening Of Misty Beethoven

1976Studio:

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Widely considered to be the greatest adult film of all time, Radley Metzger's "The . . .


72 Ratings

The Opening Of Misty Beethoven Behind The Scenes

2012Studio:

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This brand new 45 minute documentary, narrated by adult film historian Benson Hurst, . . .


9 Ratings

The Opening Of Misty Beethoven Photo Slide Show

1976Studio:

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In 2010 Radley Metzger contacted Distribpix and told them that he had found some . . .


4 Ratings

The Opening Of Misty Beethoven - Theatrical Trailers of Henry Paris

1976Studio:

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Director Radley Metzger was an anamoly in the adult film industry. Fifteen years . . .


6 Ratings
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