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Date Of BirthSeptember 7, 1949
SpouseLinwood Simon

Gloria Gaynor (born September 7, 1949) is an American singer, best known for the disco era hits “I Will Survive” (Hot 100 number 1, 1979), “Never Can Say Goodbye” (Hot 100 number 9, 1974), “Let Me Know (I Have a Right)” (Hot 100 number 42, 1980) and “I Am What I Am” (R&B number 82, 1983).

Gaynor was born in Newark, New Jersey, to Clara and Daniel Gaynor. She began her career singing in church choirs. Her family moved to the Bronx when she was seven years old. She attended the High School of Music & Art in New York City.

Gaynor’s first recording was “She’ll Be Sorry/Let Me Go Baby” on the Vee Jay label in 1964. Her first hit song came in 1967 with “Never Can Say Goodbye”, which was written by Clifton Davis and originally recorded by The Jackson 5. The song peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1974, Gaynor signed with MGM Records and released her version of “Honey Bee”, which was a hit in Europe.

Gaynor’s biggest hit came in 1978 with the song “I Will Survive”, which was written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris. The song became a worldwide hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1979. The song has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Gaynor has released fourteen studio albums, including two greatest hits albums. She has won numerous awards, including the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “I Will Survive”.

Gaynor has been married three times. Her first husband was Alfredo Alonso, whom she married in 1971. The couple divorced in 1975. Gaynor married Linwood Simon in 1982. The couple divorced in 1987. Gaynor married Michael Misick in 2007. The couple divorced in 2009. Gaynor has three children: two sons, Alexander and Daniel, and a daughter, Olivia.

Gaynor stands five feet tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds.

General Info

Full NameGloria Gaynor
Date Of BirthSeptember 7, 1949
ProfessionSinger-songwriter, Actor, I Will Survive, I Am What I Am, Can't Take My Eyes Off You


SpouseLinwood Simon
ParentsQueenie May Proctor, Daniel Fowles, I Will Survive, I Am What I Am, Can't Take My Eyes Off You
SiblingsArthur Gaynor


AwardsGrammy Award for Best Disco Recording, Grammy Hall of Fame, World Music Legend Award for Outstanding Contribution To The Music Industry, I Will Survive, I Am What I Am, Can't Take My Eyes Off You
NominationsGrammy Award for Record of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist, I Will Survive, I Am What I Am, Can't Take My Eyes Off You
MoviesMichael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, Rock Concert: Gloria Gaynor, Soul Divas
TV ShowsI Love the '70s: Volume 2, The A-List

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1Green Brook, New Jersey [December 2008]
2Gloria Gaynor Day was held in the City of Newark on November 7, 2008.
3Song "Just Keep Thinking About You" with remixes by Jonathan Peters and Almighty reached #1 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play chart (2001)
4Song "I Never Knew" with remixes by Hex Hector reached #1 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play chart (2002)
5Her 1979 disco hit, "I Will Survive", was named the #1 song on VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs, while "Never Can Say Goodbye" landed at #51.
6Her 1979 #1 hit "I Will Survive" was awarded the first and only Grammy Award for Best Disco Recording in 1980 (the category was discontinued upon disco's fall into disrepair).
7Her hit single, I Will Survive, has been not only been a disco-themed song frequently played in nightclubs; it has been played frequently for various causes (e.g. benefits for AIDS, or in Gay/Lesbian gatherings).




Torvill & Dean's Dancing on Ice2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
Everybody Hates Chris2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
SingStar Rocks!2006Video Game performer: "I Will Survive"
Medium2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Comeback2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars2005TV Series 1 episode
Bajo el mismo techo2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tout pour plaire2005"I will survive"
Innocent Voices2004performer: "I Will Survive"
Cold Case2004TV Series performer - 1 episode
Jopog manura 2: Dolaon jeonseol2003performer: "I Will Survive"
I Love the '70s2003TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Disco Ball2003TV Special performer: "I Will Survive", "Last Dance"
Sex and the City1999-2002TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Un paso adelante2002TV Series performer - 1 episode
Eine Hochzeit und (k)ein Todesfall2001TV Movie performer: "I Will Survive"
Felicity2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
Six Feet Under2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Replacements2000performer: "I Will Survive"
Freaks and Geeks2000TV Series performer - 1 episode
The '70s2000TV Movie performer: "Never Can Say Goodbye" - uncredited
Janice Beard1999performer: "Never Can Say Goodbye"
Charmed1999TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pitkä kuuma kesä1999performer: "I Will Survive"
Will & Grace1999TV Series performer - 1 episode
That '70s Show1999TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ich schenk dir meinen Mann1998TV Movie performer: "I Will Survive"
La pisseuse1997Short performer: "I Will Survive"
Kiss Me, Guido1997performer: "I Am What I Am"
Wings1997TV Series performer - 1 episode
Beyond Silence1996performer: "I Will Survive"
3rd Rock from the Sun1996TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cybill1996TV Series performer - 1 episode
Butterfly Kiss1995performer: "I Will Survive"
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert1994performer: "I Will Survive"
Bitter Moon1992performer: "I Will Survive"
Sotto il vestito niente1985performer: "I Am What I Am"
Gettin' Down1979performer: "I Will Survive" - uncredited
Top of the Pops1979TV Series performer - 7 episodes
Nocturna1979performer: "Love is Just a Heartbeat Away Nocturna's Theme"
Pai Herói1979TV Series performer - 1 episode
Gloria Gaynor - diskojen kuningatar1976TV Movie documentary performer: "Real Good People", "Casanova Brown", " If You Want It Do It Yourself", "Once in a Lifetime", "The Impossible Dream", "Ease on Down the Road", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Reach Out I'll Be There" / writer: "Real Good People"
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
The New Yorker Presents2016TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Coronation Street2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
National Television Awards2016TV Special performer: "I Will Survive", "Survivor" - uncredited
One Hit Wonderland2015TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Martian2015performer: "I WILL SURVIVE"
Lip Sync Battle2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Yes Men Are Revolting2014Documentary performer: "I Will Survive"
Somewhere Over the Rainbow2014TV Movie documentary performer: "I Will Survive" - uncredited
The Normal Heart2014TV Movie performer: "I Will Survive"
Teen Titans Go!2013TV Series performer: "I Will Survive"
Gent de paraula2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Raising Hope2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Secret Disco Revolution2012Documentary performer: "Never Gonna Say Goodbye", "I Will Survive"
Mulheres Ricas2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Joy of Disco2012TV Movie documentary performer: "Never Can Say Goodbye"
No me la puc treure del cap2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Kinect Sports: Season Two2011Video Game performer: "I Will Survive"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010-2011TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Camping paradis2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cuéntame2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
20 to 12007-2011TV Series documentary performer - 3 episodes
Dance Paradise2010/IIVideo Game performer: "I Will Survive"
Mother's Day2010/Iperformer: "Let Me Know I Have A Right"
Los nuevos y clásicos bloopers2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Live from Studio Five2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rude Tube2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
Bob Gratton, ma vie/My Life2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
Banda sonora2007-2009TV Series performer - 2 episodes
King of the Hill2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Disco2008performer: "First be a woman", "Never Can Say Goodbye"
Nearly Famous2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Patinando por un sueño2007TV Series performer - 2 episodes
TV Land Confidential2007TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
El club2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
La imagen de tu vida2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
Gray Matters2006/Iperformer: "I Will Survive"


World Peace Music Award2002Video
That '70s Show1999TV SeriesMrs. Clark
Pinay, American Style1979


Loose Women2016TV SeriesHerself
National Television Awards2016TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest, Singalong Live
The Artists Music Guild Presents: The 2014 AMG Heritage Awards2014TV SpecialPerformer-Herself
The Insider2014TV SeriesHerself
Huckabee2014TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
Tavis Smiley2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Doctors2014TV SeriesHerself
Home & Family2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Fox and Friends2013TV SeriesHerself
Unsung2013TV Series documentaryHerself
The Secret Disco Revolution2012DocumentaryHerself
The Nation's Favourite Number 1 Single2012TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
When Disco Ruled the World2012TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Mo'Nique Show2011TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
Décadas2010TV SeriesHerself (2010)
Marvin Hamlisch Presents: The '70s - The Way We Were2010TV MovieHerself
Ethan Bortnick and His Musical Time Machine2010TV MovieHerself
The Best of the World Music Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2009TV MovieHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2009TV SeriesHerself
Heroes Among Us: The 2009 Hero Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
The John Kerwin Show2009TV SeriesHerself
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon2008TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHerself
Don't Forget the Lyrics!2008TV SeriesHerself
The A-List2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Buenos días a todos2007TV SeriesHerself
Paula's Party2007TV SeriesHerself
NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
TV Land Confidential2007TV Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
Susana Giménez2007TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
Queens of Disco2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Gala Drag Queen 20072007TV MovieHerself
Impact: Songs That Changed the World2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Gray Matters2006/IHerself
I Love the '70s: Volume 22006TV SeriesHerself
DiscoMania 2: Don't Stop the Music2005TV Movie documentaryHost / Performer
Disco: Spinning the Story2005Video documentaryHerself
Hit Me Baby 1 More Time2005TV SeriesHerself
When Disco Ruled the World2005TV MovieHerself
Hebe2002-2005TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning Australia2004TV SeriesHerself
Pyramid2003TV SeriesHerself
Parkinson2003TV SeriesHerself
American Soundtrack: Rhythm, Love and Soul2003TV Special documentaryHerself
The Disco Ball2003TV SpecialHerself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2002TV Series documentaryHerself
One-Hit Wonders2002TV Series documentaryHerself
The 2002 World Music Awards2002TV SpecialHerself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks2002TV SeriesHerself
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration2001TV Special documentaryHerself
The Test2001TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
100 Greatest Number One Singles2001TV Special documentaryHerself
Barrymore2000TV SeriesHerself
100 Greatest Dance Songs of Rock & Roll2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Ally McBeal2000TV SeriesHerself
Die Lotto-Show2000TV SeriesHerself
E! True Hollywood Story1998-2000TV Series documentaryHerself
1999 ALMA Awards1999TV SpecialHerself
Tapis rouge1999TV SeriesHerself
La fureur du samedi1999TV SeriesHerself
El séptimo de caballería1999TV SeriesHerself
Top Ten1998TV Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHerself
Starye pesni o glavnom 31998TV MovieHerself
The Wayans Bros.1997TV SeriesHerself
Le monde est à vous1995TV SeriesHerself
Last Dance1994TV Movie documentaryHerself
A '70s Celebration: The Beat Is Back1993TV SpecialHerself
Top of the Pops1975-1993TV SeriesHerself / Reach out I'll be there
Ven al Paralelo1993TV SeriesHerself
Viva el espectáculo1990TV SeriesHerself
Noite de estrelas1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest (1989)
Des O'Connor Tonight1987TV SeriesHerself
Live from Her Majesty's1987TV SeriesHerself
Blankety Blank1987TV SeriesHerself
3-2-11986-1987TV SeriesHerself - Guest Star
Àngel Casas Show1984-1987TV SeriesHerself
Wogan1985TV SeriesHerself
Razzamatazz1985TV SeriesHerself
Na sowas!1984TV SeriesHerself
Champs-Elysées1983TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Express1983TV Series
The Keith Harris Show1983TV SeriesHerself
TROS TV Show1983TV Series documentaryHerself
Horas doradas1980TV SeriesHerself
The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards1980TV SpecialHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1975-1979TV SeriesHerself - Vocalist / Herself - Co-Host
The Merv Griffin Show1979TV SeriesHerself
The Midnight Special1979TV SeriesHerself
Soul Train1979TV Series documentaryHerself
New American Bandstand 19651974-1979TV SeriesHerself / Herself-Singer
Sha Na Na1979TV SeriesHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1977TV SpecialHerself
Disco '771977TV SeriesPerformer
La hora de...1976TV Series
Gloria Gaynor - diskojen kuningatar1976TV Movie documentaryHerself - Performer
Musikladen1975TV Series
Disco1975TV SeriesHerself
Rock Concert1975TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

No te duermas ¡ Súper karaoke!2015TV MovieHerself
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2013-2014TV SeriesHerself
Somewhere Over the Rainbow2014TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Joy of Disco2012TV Movie documentaryHerself
No me la puc treure del cap2012TV SeriesHerself
20 to 12007-2010TV Series documentaryHerself
A polos 252010TV SeriesHerself
Banda sonora2009TV SeriesHerself
Hebe2009TV SeriesHerself
El club2007TV SeriesHerself
La imagen de tu vida2006TV SeriesHerself
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration2002TV MovieHerself
Top of the Pops1979TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2011Golden Camera for Lifetime AchievementGolden Camera, GermanyMusic International

Nominated Awards

2015GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word AlbumFor the album "We Will Survive: True Stories Of Encouragement, Inspiration, And The Power Of Song."

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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