It was announced Tuesday (Jan. 3) that Demi Moore will cameo in “Lovelace,” the biopic about porn star Linda Lovelace, as Gloria Steinem (pictured above, left, in 1974). And that has people wondering who Gloria Steinem is, so Zap2it is here to help.
Steinem is a famous feminist activist, journalist and best-selling author. According to her official site, she helped found New York magazine in 1968 and Ms. magazine in 1972. She was a featured writer for both and served as the editor for Ms. for 15 years. Her books include “Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem,” “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions,” “Moving Beyond Words” and “Marilyn: Norma Jean.”
In addition, Steinem helped found the Women’s Action Alliance, which is a national center that specialized in nonsexist, multiracial children’s education, and the National Women’s Political Caucus, which works to get pro-equality women elected and appointed to political offices at both national and state levels. She has also campaigned stridently for the Equal Rights Amendment, gay rights and the rights of racial minorities.
She has also produced movies for both HBO and Lifetime and was famously employed briefly as a Playboy Bunny at New Year’s Playboy Club in order to write a piece for Show magazine about how women were treated in those clubs. Steinem has also been vocally opposed to pornography, so it should be interesting to see what her character’s cameo in “Lovelace” entails. In 1980, Steinem wrote a piece for Ms. called “The Real Linda Lovelace,” where she asserts the actress was in an abusive relationship with her husband and that he forced Linda into prostitution.
In an interesting bit of trivia, she was also ste-mom to actor Christian Bale, as she married his father David in 2000, just three years before David passed away from brain lymphoma.
Update: The article previously asserted Steinem helped found the New Yorker, but it was supposed to be New York magazine. The error has been corrected.