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Overview (2)

Born in USA
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (3)

Gloria taught at the American Film Institute for six years in the Masters' Program. She taught Directors, Writers and Producers and among her successful AFI students: Patty Jenkins (Monster (2003), Brian Dannelly (Saved! (2004), Weeds (2005).

In 2007, Gloria opened the prestigious Actors Academy Milano in Milan, Italy, where she taught Italian actors and actresses and International Models - male and female in intensive acting programs. The Academy's president is Edoardo Costa, her former student at the BHP and now starring with Bruce Willis in Live Free or Die Hard (2007).

She is the Founder of the Rebel Planet Short Film Festival of Hollywood, rebelplanet.com, which just had the its very successful second year festival in North Hollywood, California in April 2007.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: GLORIA GIFFORD

She starred in a production of the play, "My Cup Ranneth Over" (written by award-winning playwright, Robert Patrick) in London, England to brilliant reviews in 1978. It was a lunchtime production in the West End for Producer Ed Berman and then she recreated her role for PBS in Minneapolis, filmed at the Guthrie. After singing at clubs, on national television, directed by Ralph Waite on "The Mississippi" (1983), and for the Kennedys and, after many years of film and television roles, she got a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records in 1996. Sr. VP of Warner Bros. Records, Carl Scott, discovered Gloria's singing when he heard her doing a song in her acting class. She is a bluesy torch singer and continues to sing at clubs in Los Angeles and in New York.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Gloria Gifford is a dynamic, versatile actress, producer and director with a career that spans over two decades. Discovered by Bill Cosby, Gloria went from Broadway in Arnold Wesker's "The Merchant," directed by the Tony Award winning director John Dexter and starring the legendary Zero Mostel, to Hollywood in Neil Simon's Academy Award winning"California Suite," opposite Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby.

Her illustrious career includes roles opposite some of Hollywood's most creative comedians, such as Eddie Murphy in Walter Hill's "8 Hrs.," and Rob Reiner's "This is Spinal Tap" with Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. She co-starred in Joel Schumacher's "D.C. Cab" with Bill Maher and Paul Rodriguez, co-starred opposite Judge Reinhold in "Vice Versa," and co-starred opposite John Candy and Ernie Hudson in "Going Berserk," directed by comedian/director David Steinberg.

She also had the pleasure of working with Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Charles Durning, and Beverly D'Angelo in director John Cassavetes' last film, "Big Trouble," and co-starred opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in John Carpenter's classic "Halloween II." Gloria produced the first play George Clooney did in Los Angeles, "The Biz," directed by Miguel Ferrer. She also starred opposite Tobey Maguire and Whoopi Goldberg in Nickelodeon's "Hot Rod Brown Class Clown."

Gloria's career extends to the small screen and has appeared as the principal on ABC-TV's ground breaking dramatic series "Life Goes On" for four seasons, and recurred on "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper," starring Mark Curry, for two seasons. She played "Darnetta" opposite Tracey Ullman on "Tracey Takes On..." for three seasons, and recurred on "The Nanny" opposite Fran Drescher, as well as guest-starred on shows like "ER," "Son of the Beach" and "The Practice," opposite Charles S. Dutton.

Other stage credits include the acclaimed London production of Robert Patrick's "My Cup Ranneth Over," and the very first black production of Terrence McNally's "Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune" in Philadelphia directed by award winning director Sheldon Epps. Behind the camera, she has directed over and produced over 60 stage productions and an independent film. Gloria has taught rock singers, lawyers how to act in the courtroom (2 years), and thousands of actors for over 17 years. In addition, for 6 years she has also been teaching directors and writers in the Masters Program at one of the top film schools in the world, the American Film Institute.

A savvy businesswoman, Gloria formed her own school in 2001, and is the President and CEO of The Gloria Gifford Conservatory for Performing Arts in Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gloria Gifford

Trivia (18)

Studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas and taught there for five years.
Son is actor Adam Gifford
Executive Director of The Gloria Gifford Conservatory.
Acclaimed acting teacher.
Has directed many Theater productions.
Was Armand Assante's girlfriend off and on for four years. She was seriously involved with Armand while she was filming her first feature, Neil Simon's California Suite (1978).
Gloria was romantically involved with playwright Sir Arnold Wesker ("Roots", "The Kitchen", "Chips With Everything", "The Merchant", "Lady Othello"), who wrote a play and a screenplay about their relationship. Sir Arnold Wesker also wrote about their friendship, extensively, in his published diary of the Broadway play, he wrote that starred Zero Mostel.
Gloria was the girlfriend of Troy Donahue for a long time a few years before his death, and was instrumental in getting him representation with her agent, Josh Schiowitz.
Gloria gave George Clooney his first job in Hollywood. She was producing and starring in the play "The Biz", written by Frank Conn (who was Gloria's boyfriend at the time and the ex-husband of Didi Conn) and directed by George's cousin, Miguel Ferrer. Gloria's son, Adam Gifford (aka Adam Gifford) (who was 12 years younger than George) shared the same role. Denise Crosby (Bing Crosby's granddaughter and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) star) was also in the cast.
She directed Stephen Adly Guirgis play "Our Lady of 121st Street" in its Los Angeles theatrical production debut, which won L.A. Times and L.A. Weekly Critic's Choice and was nominated for theatre awards. It was double cast - she directed 32 actors - it was standing room only at the Matrix Theatre.
Among her former and famous students are Jenna Elfman, Carlos Bernard, Brian Klugman, Patty Jenkins, Brian Dannelly, Ethan Peck, Bianca Lawson, Jennifer Aspen, academy award-nominated director Alonso Mayo, Catherine Bell, and many others.
Her first starring role was "The Bride" in Federico García Lorca's "Blood Wedding", which she performed her first quarter in college, when she had just turned 17 years old.
She was the first black actress to star in "Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune" for the Philadelphia Theatre Company, directed by stage and television director Sheldon Epps.
She co-starred opposite Tobey Maguire twice: in a television movie, Tales from the Whoop: Hot Rod Brown Class Clown (1990) and in his television series, Great Scott! (1992).
She studied classical piano for 13 years and performed many concerts while studying ballet for 11 years as well.
She directed ten Italian actors in staged improvisations on Italian national television in the live show "The Marquette" (2007).
Gloria was Sally Kirkland's alternate in Frank Strausser's play "The Powder Room" at the now defunct Court Theatre in Los Angeles. This was also Lana Clarkson's last production.
Gloria took over for Nichelle Nichols in John Patrick Shanley's "Italian American Reconciliation" opposite Joe Pantoliano, Elizabeth Peña, Leo Rossi and Patti D'Arbanville. Nichelle opened the play, did one week and Gloria took over in four days. Director was Sam Shepard's sister, Roxanne Rogers.

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