Prior to her porn career, she was a stockbroker on Wall Street.
Served as administrative director of the now-defunct Adult Film Association, the pornographic film industry trade association, from 1989-1992. Leonard was kicked out after the merger of the AFA with the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) as FSC board members didn’t want an outspoken former porn star to be the face of the new organization, and they objected to her demand that the term “Adult” be retained for the new organization’s title. “Many of us are motivated by passion and principle rather than just profits.” Ironically, after leaving the industry for several years in the 1990s, she was elected president of the FSC in 1998, one year after her return to porn production.
Leonard grew up in New York. She worked on Wall Street for three years as a registered representative of the now defunct Schweickart and Company. Leonard also worked for various PR firms. She started out as a copywriter for Electra Records when they were “just a little one-room office in Greenwhich Village.
“High Society” magazine owner Carl Ruderman hired Leonard to be the publisher of the men’s magazine to give it the unique twist of having a woman as the head of its editorial operation. As publisher from 1977-91, Leonard pioneered the (un)coverage of celebrities (in its “Celebrity Skin” features and stand-alone magazines) and telephone sex.
Profiled in the book “Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985” by Jill C. Nelson.