An interview in the Telegraph is full of things we never knew about Gloria Allred, the "celebuttorney" who has represented people such as Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown, Amber Frey, the family of Nicole Brown Simpson, and, recently, Britney's Spears' bodyguard. She also wrote a letter to Child Protective Services after Michael Jackson was seen dangling his baby from a hotel balcony in Berlin. But there's so much more! To wit:
- In 1981 she presented a chastity belt to a senator who was an anti-abortion campaigner at a televised public hearing.
- In 1987, representing a woman denied entry to a men-only private members club, she famously strode into the steam room with a tape measure, singing Peggy Lee's Is That All There Is?
- She met and married her first husband, Peyton Bray, at the University of Pennsylvania. By 19 she was pregnant. Then she discovered her husband had bipolar disorder (he later committed suicide) and they were divorced before she graduated. Back at home with her parents, Allred took Bray to court for child support. He was eventually jailed for non-payment.
- In 1966 she was raped at gunpoint by a doctor in Mexico. "I didn't tell the authorities at the time," she writes in her book, "because I didn't think they'd believe an American girl against a well-known and respected doctor.'" When she discovered she was pregnant she had an illegal abortion that almost killed her. She was rushed to the hospital, bleeding, and writes: "I remember one nurse saying, "This will teach you a lesson.'"
- In 1968 she married second husband, Raymond Allred. (They were divorced in 1987.)
- At 30, she began studying law and working voluntarily for the National Organization for Women, meeting rape victims who had been too scared to speak out.
- On the walls of her office in L.A. are pictures of Martin Luther King, suffragette rallies, Amelia Earhart and César Chávez.
- She is 66 years old and 5 foot 3.
- Gloria Allred doesn't have time for dudes. Some gentleman asked her out recently and she says she told him "'I don't think that I can make time for a relationship. I don't know where that would fit into my life.' He's a perfectly nice person. He was really shocked. He said to me, 'Are you attached?' and I said, 'Yes, I'm attached to my work.'"
Gloria Allred: The Equaliser [Telegraph]