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Biofile Gloria Gaynor Interview

Gala Nederlandse Speelfilm in City, Amsterdam; Monique van de Ven en zangeres Gloria Gaynor (rechts) *15 maart 1976

By Scoop Malinowski 

Status: Pop music/disco superstar best known for her hit songs “I Will Survive”, “Never Can Say Goodbye”, “Let Me Know (I have a right)” and “I Am What I Am.”

DOB: September 7, 1949  In: Newark, NJ  

Music Inspirations:  Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilkins.  

Hobbies/Leisure Activities:  I like to cook. I like to sew. I like studying the Bible. I like shopping [smiles]. I’m a shoe fan.  

Favorite Movie:  The Incredibles [laughs]. 

Last Book: The Bible. 

Favorite TV Show:  Smallville. 

Musical Favorites:  I like Beyonce, Norah Jones and Alicia Keys. And Brian McKnight, J.T. Taylor. 

First Job:  Was a sales auditor at Bamberger’s department store in Newark, NJ. 

Current Car:  Mercedes S550, silver. 

Childhood Dream: A teacher. Which is something I will do. 

Gala Nederlandse Speelfilm in City, Amsterdam; Monique van de Ven en zangeres Gloria Gaynor (rechts) *15 maart 1976

Greatest Career Moment:  Greatest moment in my career was probably when I received the LEGEND Award  was presented to me in Monte Carlo by Prince Albert (2002 at World Music Awards). 

Most Painful Moment:  Most painful moment of my career…when I realized tha Polydor Records had dropped my contract (in 1983). 

Most Memorable Performance:  Probably when I did the performance before being inducted into the Disco Music Hall of Fame (in 2005). I did a marathon version of “I Will Survive” because it was right after my divorce. What would you say was your finest, best performance?  Just a few days ago (October 2009) I did a symphony concert in Spain and the people applauded for like five minutes. 

Personality Qualities Most Admired:  I like honesty, forthrightness, integrity.

Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive” video has over 115m views on You Tube

(Note: I did this Biofile interview with Gloria Gaynor at a New York Giants NFL game in the media cafeteria after she performed the national anthem, at the old Giants Stadium.)

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