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Born in Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK
Birth NameMary Winifred Gloria Hunniford

Mini Bio (1)

Gloria Hunniford was born on April 10, 1940 in Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland as Mary Winifred Gloria Hunniford. She is an actress and producer, known for Loose Women (1999), That's Showbusiness (1989) and Sunday, Sunday (1982). She has been married to Stephen Way since September 1998. She was previously married to Don Keating.

Spouse (2)

Stephen Way (September 1998 - present)
Don Keating (1970 - 1992) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (5)

Her daughter was the late TV presenter Caron Keating.
Named for legendary actress Gloria Swanson.
Started out as a singer, then turned to broadcasting (firstly in Northern Ireland) in 1969.
In 1982 the first woman to host her own daily radio show on BBC Radio 2.
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her serves to Cancer Charities through Breast Screening Services and Cancer Support in Kent, England.

Personal Quotes (2)

The essence of a successful chat show is: a) be well briefed; b) you must be interested in people before you can interview them; c) listen. I have had a lot of difficult guests - Robert Mitchum was one - and if I hadn't done my research properly it would have been awful. There is no substitute for research. You have to know the background. You're only as good as your research team. The interviews I did on Sunday, Sunday (1982) with people such as Audrey Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart (James Stewart) were great because the researcher had done a proper interview in person beforehand and found anecdotes. Jimmy told my researcher a great one about how his father hated him being an actor and how he only found out that he had accepted it when he saw that his father had put his Oscar on show on top of his bacon slicer. He repeated it on TV with me. One or two seconds of silence seems like a lifetime. Your inclination is to leap in and fill the gap. In Mitchum's case I got brave and didn't and, once the silence was created, he came out of his shell. Then there was the occasion when Freddie Starr burst through the set - which was hysterical. When something like that happens, laugh, join in. As he moved his chair closer to me with each question, I moved mine closer too until I was practically sitting on his lap. In the end you look an idiot if you try to fight this sort of thing.
The only time I ever dried up was when I was speaking to Omar Sharif and his eyes were so amazing, like the pools in Doctor Zhivago (1965).

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