Gloria Gaynor

Though R&B singer Gloria Gaynor enjoyed only a handful of hit singles at the height of the disco era, she stood apart from countless other successful artists by virtue of having recorded a genuine anthem - the soaring ... Read more »
Born: 09/07/1949 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (15)

The Secret Disco Revolution 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Performer

Gray Matters 2007 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Ally McBeal 1997 - 2000, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wayans Bros 1997 - 1998, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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True Spin 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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When Disco Ruled The World 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The Disco Ball 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 2002 World Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 9th Annual Movieguide Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 1999 ALMA Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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A 70's Celebration: The Beat Is Back 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (5)

Gray Matters 2007 (Movie)

Soundtrack Artist (Music)

Janice Beard 2002 (Movie)

("Never Can Say Goodbye") (Song)

Beyond Silence 1998 (Movie)

("I Will Survive") (Song Performer)

Kiss Me Guido 1997 (Movie)

("I Am What I Am") (Song Performer)

Nocturna 1977 (Movie)

("Lovin's Just a Heartbeat Away") (Song Performer)

Biography

Though R&B singer Gloria Gaynor enjoyed only a handful of hit singles at the height of the disco era, she stood apart from countless other successful artists by virtue of having recorded a genuine anthem - the soaring "I Will Survive" - which remained a battle cry for empowerment in all forms for the next three decades. Gaynor rose to fame in 1975 with the melancholy disco hit "Never Can Say Goodbye," but would not find true stardom until 1979, when "I Will Survive" topped the Billboard Hot 100. Widely embraced by a variety of listeners, from dance fans to the women's and gay pride movements, the song would become Gaynor's most enduring hit, as well as her last significant single; the backlash against disco would unmoor her career, which turned her briefly to Christian music before Gaynor returned to the dance fold. Countless cover versions and tireless radio airplay, along with Gaynor's willingness to perform the tune on any number of television series, talk shows and in live performance, kept the song's legacy alive, and in doing so, cemented Gaynor's status as one of disco's longest-reigning queens.

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