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Gloria Allred is one of the world's biggest advocates of women's rights.
She has made many TV appearances and done numerous press conferences when involved in high-profile cases.
She co-founded the law firm Allred, Maroko, and Goldberg with her fellow Loyola graduates in 1976. Her first major case came to her in 1979 when she had to represent seven children and their respective parents against the Sav-On Drugstore chain. They wanted the store to stop gender-segregating its toys. She was married to William Allred.
In 1981, the attorney presented a chastity belt to California State Senator John. G. Schmitz midst a hearing on outlawing abortions. When he insulted her in the upcoming press release, she sued him for libel and won a settlement of $20,000.
In 1987, she took on a private show all-male business club by the name of the Friars Club Of Beverly Hills. She targeted the club's discrimination based on their membership criteria. She, along with five other women, was then allowed to use the health facilities of the club.
In 1992, the attorney urged the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Oregon Senator Bob Packwood.
In 1995, she fought for an 11-year-old girl named Katrina Yeaw. The case was against the Boy Scouts Of America, where they were questioned as to if they had the right to exclude girls. In the same year, where she represented Nicole Brown Simpson's family.
Two years later, she represented Kelly Fisher, who sued Dodi Fayed for breaking their engagement. He was dating Princess Diana shortly after. Although, the case was dropped when both Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed passed away in a car accident in Paris.
In 1997, the famous attorney represented the 'Melrose Place' actress Hunter Tylo. She was suing the producer Aaron Spelling for firing her because she was pregnant. The jury compensated the actress with $4.8 million.
In 2004, she represented Amber Frey, who claimed to be a witness in a criminal case against Scott Peterson. In the same year, her legal firm filed the very first lawsuit against the denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She said that it was unconstitutional to do so. Four years later, the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in California.
Gloria Allred didn't just fight for women's rights; she also represented the LGBTQ community in many of the cases that she undertook.
Her net worth is estimated to be $25 million.
She has an annual income of about $3.33 million approximately.
She is 5 ft 1 in (157 cm) tall.
She was born as Gloria Rachel Bloom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States, on July 3, 1941.
Gloria went to Philadelphia high school. After that, she went to the University of Pennsylvania. After leaving her course halfway, she returned to the University to get her Bachelor's degree in English with honors in 1963.
After that, Gloria also got a Master's degree from New York University. New York University was where she got interested in the Civil Rights Movement while working on a new graduate degree at the same University. After working as a teacher at Benjamin Franklin High School, she moved to Los Angeles, where she became a teacher at Fremont High School and Jordan High School.
In 1968, she got herself into the Southwestern University School Of Law. She met her second husband, William Allred, when she was a teacher and he was the one that put her through law school. Later on, she was transferred to the Loyola University School Of Law in Los Angeles. She graduated in 1975 from here and got admitted to the State Bar Of California in the same year.
Gloria Allred is single as of now, but she had been married before. Her first husband was Peyton Bray Jr., and she met him when she was at the University Of Pennsylvania. Both of them had a daughter named Lisa Bloom on September 20, 1961. This was Gloria's first child who went on to become an Attorney like her. Although, shortly after having Lisa, the couple had a divorce.
In 1968, she married William Allred. This marriage lasted only for 19 years. In 1987, the couple called it quits after having a divorce. However, Gloria retained the surname Allred after the divorce too.
In her legal career, Gloria Allred has represented several clients against celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tommy Lee, Sacha Baren Cohen, R. Kelly, Herman Cain, Anthony Weiner, Esai Morales, David Boreanaz, Scott Lee Cohen, and many more.
She takes many pro-bono cases from time to time to help the underprivileged section of society get justice.
Gloria Allred has been honored with several awards. Some of them are the Outstanding Citizen Award in 1976 by SBPWC, Mar-District, California. In 1986, she was honored with President's Volunteer Action Award by former US President Ronald Reagan. He was the acting US president at the time. For her contribution to the LGBTQ community, she was honored with the Elgy Award and was given the Women Who Make A Difference Award at the IWF (International Women's Forum) in 2016. Along with getting The American Lawyer's 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award, she was also inducted into the National Women's Hall Of Fame.
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