Lawyer Glo­ria Allred Will be the 7th Woman Roasted by Cen­tury-Old Fri­ars Club

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By Re­becca Gold

On Satur­day, June 21, the well-known women's rights at­tor­ney Glo­ria Allred will be roasted by the Fri­ars Club. In 1987, Allred be­came the club's first dues-pay­ing fe­male mem­ber af­ter she sued them. Back in Fe­bru­ary, The Daily News first an­nounced that the 76-year-old lawyer would be the guest of honor at a fun mak­ing event this up­com­ing sum­mer.

The hosts who will be roast­ing Allred have not yet been an­nounced by the pri­vate club, but the ma­jor­ity of the roast­ers are likely to be women. Whoopi Gold­berg, Jerry Se­in­feld and Billy Crys­tal are just a few of the Fri­ars Club's fa­mous mem­bers.

In the 114-years that the club has ex­isted, Allred will only be the sev­enth woman to be roasted. Phyl­lis Diller, So­phie Tucker and Lu­cille Ball are among the few women to be hon­ored at this lam­poon­ing event. The Women's Equal Rights Le­gal De­fense and Ed­u­ca­tion Fund will be ben­e­fited by the pro­ceeds from the event's ticket sales.

On April 27, was the last time Allred was re­port­edly seen at the club­house on East 55th Street. She was cel­e­brat­ing the sex­ual as­sault con­vic­tion ear­lier that day of Bill Cosby with two of the co­me­dian's ac­cusers.

The Daily News re­ports, “The events lead­ing up to the roast was a com­edy of er­rors for the es­teemed venue. Ini­tially, the club was in talks to roast movie mogul Har­vey We­in­stein. That was called off af­ter dozens of women came for­ward to charge him of sex­ual as­sault. In his place, they de­cided to roast Kiss rocker Gene Sim­mons. That too was nixed fol­low­ing claims of sex­ual mis­con­duct against him.”

In a state­ment, Allred said, "I am thrilled to be roasted by the Fri­ars Club and I'm hon­ored to take part in their old­est tra­di­tion ... the Roast. As the first woman to ever at­tend the pre­vi­ously all male Fri­ars Club stag roast, I know these Roasts can get pretty rough, but I can take it, and any­one who knows me knows I can give it back! It's all in good fun and for a good cause. I am es­pe­cially ex­cited that the event falls on the 30th an­niver­sary of the New York Fri­ars ac­cept­ing women mem­bers."

“I am es­pe­cially ex­cited that the event falls on the 30th an­niver­sary of the New York Fri­ars ac­cept­ing women mem­bers."

Women’s rights at­tor­ney and the first fe­male mem­ber of the Fri­ars Club Glo­ria Allred will roasted by the pri­vate club on June 21. (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

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