Now in London, Gloria’s golden years were just beginning. Starting her own television chat show, ‘Sunday Sunday’, she interviewed everyone from Charlton Heston and Burt Lancaster, to Doris Day and Audrey Hepburn.
"They got all the big Hollywood names and to this day I don’t know how they got them. If anyone had told me that one day I would fly to California and interview Doris Day, my childhood idol, I’d never have believed them. If I could re-live any period of time, that would be it.”
After the 80s, Gloria Hunniford was a firmly established household name, appearing on all the top shows of the day – ‘Holiday’, ‘Call My Bluff ’, ‘Strictly’, ‘Piers Morgan Life Stories’ - and presenting her own shows like ‘Open
House with Gloria Hunniford’, ‘Gloria’s Greats’ and ‘Time Off With’, right through to ‘Rip Off Britain’, ‘Food Truth or Scare’ and ‘Loose Women’ today.
“For me, success just comes down to trustability and credibility. I think those traits are very important. I like talking and listening to people. I think it’s an Irish thing - you’ll never sit alone in an Irish pub!”
Outside her career though, Gloria continued to be a mother to her two sons, Michael and Paul, and now late daughter Caron, who lost her life to breast cancer in 2004.
“From my own point of view, when I went home, irrespective of what I was working on or how big the show was, I was a mum.”