Gloria Loring is one of the most versatile singers of her generation. She's been described as having "one of the best vocal instruments in pop music since the salad days of Barbra Streisand." Her career has spanned three decades of recordings, concert tours, and appearances on stage, television, and radio. She is also well known for her role as Celebrity Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
She began singing professionally at fourteen with a folk group, "Those Four." Her first big break, on "The Merv Griffin Show," led to hundreds of appearances on variety and talk shows such as "The Tonight Show," "The Ed Sullivan Show," and "The Carol Burnett Show," as well as the Emmy Awards and the Academy Awards.
Gloria is also a songwriter. She co-wrote the theme songs for the hit series, "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Facts of Life."
In 1980, Gloria won the role of "Liz Chandler" on NBC's "Days of Our Lives." It was her first acting job and lasted 6 1/2 years. During that time, she secured a place in the hearts of the daytime audience. Her weekly singing 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. In 1986,"Days" fans assisted in giving Gloria a #1 record, "Friends and Lovers," a duet with Carl Anderson.
Gloria's newest CD, "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.
Over the years, Gloria has shared the stage with top performers including Bill Cosby, Frank Sinatra, Al Jarreau, the Pointer Sisters, and Mel Torme. She has performed all over North America, in Europe, and enjoyed four sold-out concert tours of Australia.
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. I and Vol.II to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. Those books, plus her album, "A Shot in the Dark," raised over $1 million for diabetes research.
Her book, Kids, Food, and Diabetes, published in 1986, contained recipes, menus, and practical advice for parents of diabetic children. In 1991, Lowell House published Gloria's second book, Parenting a Diabetic Child. The new edition, Parenting a Child with Diabetes, has just been released.
Gloria created The Kids, Food and Diabetes Family Cookbook to raise money for diabetes research. Just recently, a CD ROM version called "Cook'N for Diabetics" was made available, underwritten by a grant from KitchenAid.
In recent years, Gloria has moved into the theater. She's starred in "Blame it on the Movies," winning rave reviews; the comedy, "Queen of the Soaps," which won a DramaLogue Award in Los Angeles; and the San Francisco production of "Star Dust," directed by Tony Award winner Henry LeTang. She starred in Tony Award winner George Furth's "Music Minus One." She hosted the television series, "From the Heart," and has been a guest star on prime time series and movies of the week. In 1999 and 2000, she will be touring the U.S. and Canada as "Reno Sweeney" in Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes."
Gloria's twenty years as a spokesperson for diabetes research have resulted in her writing a monthly column for the "Diabetes Wellness Letter." On the lecture circuit, she is known for her inspiring talks, punctuated with music. Her charitable efforts, particularly on behalf of diabetes research, have been recognized with numerous humanitarian awards. 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 listed in Who's Who in America and The World Who's Who of Women. Gloria is also a certified yoga teacher.
Gloria lives in Lake Arrowhead, California with her husband, television production designer, René Lagler. Visit Gloria's web site at www.glorialoring.com.
DISCOGRAPHY "Gloria Loring" MGM Records, 1968 "And Now We Come to Distances," Evolution Records 1970 "Sing a Song for the Mountain," Evolution Records 1972 "A Shot in the Dark," Only Silk Records, 1983 "Gloria Loring," Atlantic Records 1986 "Full Moon/No Hesitation," Atlantic Records 1988 "Is There Anybody Out There?" Silk Purse 1991 "Turn the Page" Silk Purse Productions 1999 "By Request" Silk Purse Productions 2000 "Friends and Lovers" Silk Purse Productions 2002