In the first part of our interview with Bambi Woods, she talked about her early life and how she came to star in one of the biggest adult movies of all times, Debbie Does Dallas. Today she talks about the sequel, Debbie Does Dallas 2, and finally reveals what happened to her, and where she has been for the last 25 years.
In Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered. Jim Clark talks about trying to make a sequel to the movie, but being unable to due to your drug problems. But clearly the sequel came out - so what's the true story?
I was high a lot but the real reason was I didn't want to do a sequel. My parents were furious but the money was just too good and I did have a drug problem at the time. The people making the movie couldn't find me. I ran into one of the girls who did the movie (who I saw on the documentary had died) (nb that would be Arcadia Lake, who later died of a drug overdose) and she passed an offer onto me and I said yes. Much better money this time!
You seem to be onscreen much more during the sequel, and appear with adult movie legend, Ron Jeremy. Did it take longer to shoot?
Yes, I really can't remember how long but the people involved took this one a lot more seriously. To this day I have never seen it! I do remember Ron. I remember he was straight which might surprise people. He didn't do drugs unlike everybody else and he was a nice guy and very intelligent.
Did you ever travel the country at that time doing live appearances at clubs?
No, I worked in different clubs but never toured so to speak. There was a swinging club in Times Square called Plato's Retreat that Larry, the guy who owned it, used to pay us to turn up at. I remember a guy called Jim Sandberg was always there promising to put us in real movies if we did his porn and apparently he had made quite a few real movies. I can't remember the girl's name who knew him but I know she did the candlestick scene in Debbie Does Dallas (nb it was Christie Ford aka Misty Winter) and she did some movies with him and would just hang around his sets. I don't know why I remembered that! I wonder what ever became of him. I'll have to do some research myself.
We also used to hang out at a place called "Show World" where some of the girls did live sex shows and a few other places but I can't remember the names. Times Square was full of places then. I remember the owner of Plato's telling me that it used to be a gay bathhouse and Barry Manilow used to play there before he got famous. It used to be packed with a disco and spas and hundreds of people. I think it cost about $25 to get in which was a hell of a lot back then and they used to have all this amazing food which was free and when you didn't have a lot of money like me it was heaven!
I read an interview online where you claimed to have dated John Belushi. That's kind of cool - is it true? Did you meet or date any other famous people?
Wow, how did you know that? Yes, I went out with John for awhile along with other celebrities. There were some big celebrity clubs in New York at the time and it was pretty wild. I remember hanging out with Ace Frehley from the rock band "Kiss" quite a bit. He was a crazy guy and always out of it but a lot of fun. I'm surprised he's not dead!
I also got an offer to do "Playboy" around that time as well which was just before I went home. I was also interviewed by quite a few people during that time. I remember speaking to a guy who was quite famous as an interviewer in the "porn world" but I don't remember his name but that interview went to air so you might be able to track that down. I can't remember the name of his show but it was on cable. If you threw some names at me I'd remember it.
(Note: "Debbie" is probably talking about Midnight Blue, hosted by Al Goldstein)
There is a Debbie Does Dallas 3, but it looks to use outtakes from previous shoots. And there is a movie called Swedish Erotica 12.
I remember shooting quite a few scenes that didn't make it into the second movie. I've never seen the third one so I really have no idea what is in it. All I know is that I was never hired to shoot a "third" installment although they probably had that in mind when I did the second one. I was hard to get hold of for the second one so they probably had a third one in the back of their minds as they were shooting. Who knows! There's definitely no other movies. I was never a big "porn star".
But Wikipedia mentions a film entitled "Debbie Does Farmland" during the shooting of which you died. Clearly, that's not true. And there's also the off-broadway musical.
Never heard of that movie. I did hear about the musical but I have never seen it.
It's said that your parents rescued you from the adult business, and have helped protect your privacy since then?
I did go back and live with my parents for three years. They didn't rescue me. I wanted to get away so I did. I've never had to protect my privacy. It's just never been an issue. It's amazing how cutting your hair off and going from blonde to brunette stops people noticing you. I have never hidden and in the last 20 years I have only been recognised perhaps 20 times. It's always the same. They're never quite sure and they have to get the nerve up to ask. The older I get though the less frequent it becomes.
But the Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered documentary tried to find you and failed - were they just not very thorough?
To be really honest, I thought that documentary was embarrassing for them. To say I disappeared after the movie when Debbie Does Dallas 2 came out? Are they for real? Pretty embarrassing for them. Most of the actors I'm sure were being truthful but to think that someone would put out a documentary saying I disappeared straight away when I clearly didn't is just insulting to the people who bought it.
Has there ever been a temptation over the years to become a more public figure?
No, not in the slightest but I do appreciate the interest in me which is why I have done this for you.
So, without wishing to invade your privacy, what CAN you tell us about what you've been doing for the last 20 years? Your fans would love to know.
Well, it's pretty boring I'm afraid. I'm married for over 20 years with a couple of lovely children who are both teenagers. My husband is involved with computer software here in California. We are very well off so luckily there is no financial need for me to use my past for any financial gain. .
Debbie Does Dallas really has become a huge part of popular culture. Looking back, is it something you are proud to have been associated with, or not? Given the chance to do it over, would you still take part?
No, definitely not but it isn't something that has caused me any great amounts of grief, just family grief at the time.
Finally, what message would you like to send to all your millions of fans around the world?
For those of you who actually cared about what happened to me for personal reasons and not financial, thank you. I'm fine and happy.
Isn't it nice when a story has a happy ending?
But we're not quite at the end - check back tomorrow for a final wrap up, and to hear an offer from "Debbie" that some publisher with a few more dollars than YesButNoButYes might want to jump all over.