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Debbie Does Dallas - The Bambi Woods Interview: Final Thoughts

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Over the last few days we've told the story of our exclusive interview with Bambi Woods (here, here and here) one of the most famous adult movie actresses of all time, due to her starring role in the original "Debbie Does Dallas". After a brief period of infamy, she retired to a life of obscurity, marrying and raising children, and living happily ever after.

The interview itself was carried out over the course of multiple emails, and while I have - at her request - held back a few details that may have allowed people to locate and track her down, most of what I know is here in the story.

Unfortunately, the one thing this story does lack is corroboration, any single piece of hard evidence that would prove I actually HAD been in contact with Bambi, and wasn't the victim of some hoax. And while response to the story has been good, others share similar concerns. I feel it's only fair that readers know this, because I can't say for sure one way or the other. Certainly, from the tone of her emails, and the lengthy correspondence I had back and forth, I'm almost certain this is Bambi herself. But you have to understand, there's no way I can be sure.

So should we have printed without corroboration? My attitude was - sure, why the hell not. If I was duped, then it's not like anyone is out of pocket. It's not like we're charging you hard cash for this :) If there's anyone out there who actually knew Bambi, and can send me a question that only they (and her) know the answer to, and will definitively prove it one way or the other, I'll see if she will answer for us.

On multiple occasions I broached the subject of allowing us to publish a private photograph of her - not necessarily a contemporary one, but just one from her past that no-one had seen before, to prove that it had come from her. But she was unwilling, nervous of the reaction that may get from her family. And I have to respect that - she's spent so may years without being found, why should she endanger that now.

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However, she did make one final offer, which I will include here verbatim:

My family would KILL me if I gave any pictures out. What I WOULD do is an audio interview (my husband suggested this) in person if the company involved agreed to donate a sizable amount to charity. I don't know why anyone would bother but if people can make documentaries and profit from them then they can donate money to charity if they want me to meet with them.

To be clear I am NOT asking for one cent for myself as I don't need money and it would just be a once off interview. If anybody really wants my story (like the documentary makers) they can give some money to some sick kids. Everyone is happy to make up stories about me dying and doing "farmland" movies so they should be happy to hear the truth even if it isn't as controversial as they would like.

So there it is. An offer of an exclusive interview with Debbie from Debbie Does Dallas. I would guess by phone or skype, although you never know, perhaps even in person. You can reach Bambi via YesButNoButYes.com - send us an email and we will pass on your details and offer to her. I wish we made more than 20 bucks a day in advertising to do this ourselves. But if I were the editor of Rolling Stone or Playboy, I'd be all over this one.

Our thanks go out to Bambi, or Debbie, for being so gracious and answering my questions so patiently, and to reader Kevin for brokering the interview. And if anyone out there knows where Jimmy Hoffa is, we'd be pleased to break the story.

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49 Comments

good and interesting read. thanks

said dee on May 24, 2007 1:48 PM.

I liked it.

said Clutch on May 24, 2007 3:28 PM.

I liked it.

said Clutch on May 24, 2007 3:28 PM.

If it is Bambi and she can trust the interviewer not to include things that would let us track her down then surely she can trust him with a personal photograph. She could send it to him for proof and he wouldn't publish it. I'm assuming Bambi's real name was in her e-mail address so the interviewer could look in the white pages and do a search on MSN Messenger. I have contacted Ron Jeremy and Herschel Savage in hopes they'll come up with a question only she would know.

said David on May 31, 2007 3:37 AM.

I checked the US white pages and found more than 30 Barbara Woodson's. Anyone out there willing to ring and ask them if they were in the movie?

said David on June 1, 2007 10:59 AM.

She's a real looker.

said Ryan on June 4, 2007 10:27 AM.

this whole thing is bogus or hoax if u read carefully d answers don't connect n contradicting each other

anyways d real story is

d so called bambi woods was killed by d same mafia who produced d first movie (DDD) in 1986

said f on November 1, 2007 8:06 AM.

SOLUTION FOR CASE OF AUTHENTICITY
I can understand Barbara not wanting to send a pic of her today in case she is recognized. The solution is to have her send a personal snap shot from her past. That way she stays anonymous and at the same time produces a photo only she would have.
For instance a snap shot of her in her teens, a family shot with family blurred etc. Just an every day amateur snap shot.
Barbara talks about hows it nice her fans still care. Well I care about Barbara enough to make sure she is not misrepresented by imposters!
Everyone would really like to know she is alive and well but this interview is not proof - as yet.
After reading the interview I find it interesting that Barbara is not able to mention anything that can be verified but seems to be able to tell at length information that cannot be verified about stores and clubs that no longer exist.
Right now this story appears phoney. I hope Barbara can pull a rabbit out of the hat and suppy some pics from her personal album :)

said Gazman on November 14, 2007 10:03 PM.

A good question that Bambi might only know the answer to: Who went out with her on her dates with Richard Balla? Second choice: Is Robert Kerman {his new name} his real name?

said Phil on January 2, 2008 10:54 AM.

A few notes from me on the above comments:

Phil: I guess I could ask her those questions, but I'm not sure how it would solve the problem, because unless you went out on the "date" with Bolla too to see who was there, how would you know whether the answer was true or not?

Gazman: I asked for photos and she wouldn't send them to me. As I say, either it's because someone was hoaxing me, or she just took the attitude "Here's my story, take it or leave it". As I say, I believe the latter, but I think I was pretty honest in telling you all to make up your own mind.

f: your theory of a mob hit killing "Barbara" has no more evidence or basis in fact than any other story, and frankly sounds rather lass believable than what I believe to be the truth.

David: yes, I know her real name, so yes, I could probably hunt her down, but why? This is just a blog post that made for an interesting story on our site that frankly makes less a month in advertising than if I went to work for Starbucks, no-one's paying me for it. There's no million dollar bounty on her head if I find her and confront her - I have no real reason to invade her privacy, financially or ethically - so I'm not going to.

said Scaramouch on January 2, 2008 12:00 PM.

Try to contact Jim Clark or Maria Minstra. There are details in the filming that only Bambi or they would know the answer to.

said Phil on January 12, 2008 8:07 PM.

Phil, you seem awfully obsessed with this...

said Scaramouch on January 12, 2008 9:15 PM.

I reckon she married Bill Gates...

said beetle on January 28, 2008 8:48 PM.

hi Scaramouch

i read the whole interview many times and analyzed each and every statement, to be honest, i just want to say that, this interview proves nothing, the information which we can get from this interview can be found by any one who really wanted to track her by some effort. If i will pay some amount to some charity and publish an audio interview , even that will be in doubt too.Only reason due to which i am believing that she is bambi is because u said, but it looks that you yourself are not sure about that.

said magig on March 11, 2008 7:28 PM.

the only thing that could help was her actual name and that is still a mystery.

said magig on March 12, 2008 10:58 PM.

The real Bambi Woods would have pictures of her past would she not? How hard would it have been to scan a picture from high school or her early 20's and send it to you. It would compromise her in no way whatsoever....but it sure would have proven a lot. But if you aren't the real deal then a picture is out of the question...eh....I dunno...I doubt you spoke to Bambi Woods...I think at best you spoke to someone who new her back then and is now having a little fun with you.

said socrates on April 4, 2008 10:46 PM.

Is that all you guys ever do is sit around talkin about Bambi Woods and beatin yer big dix into oblivion?

said Joey on June 2, 2008 3:04 PM.

Did anyone ever accept Bambi's offer to interview her?

said Phil on June 20, 2008 7:02 AM.

I'm amazed no men's magazine has taken up that offer (FHM, etc).

If someone did, I'm sure the audiophiles/sound geeks out there could compare the audio interview to her speech in the movie and prove (or at least increase the chances) that it was her.

said Mark on July 1, 2008 4:07 PM.

Scaramouch, has anyone seen the Bambi Woods website? Are those really her pictures? She couldn't be that young, today!

said Phil on August 21, 2008 5:09 AM.

I've seen it, and I actually asked her about it. As I recall, she didn't even know it existed. Those pictures are definitely not her - remember, we're talking about a woman who's now in her 60s.

said Scaramouch on August 21, 2008 7:51 AM.

54,according to Wikipedia.

said Phil on August 23, 2008 2:10 AM.

Yah, I added it up wrong, sorry. Debbie told me she was born in 1955, which would make her 53 in 2008.

said Scaramouch on August 23, 2008 11:24 AM.

I think it was her. She might be married to someone very high up in the community and the last thing her husband needs is a public relations nightmare. If it isn't her, ask yourself, what would be this persons motivation to answer these emails. She's not trying to bring attention to herself and she doesn't need the money. She is just trying to give fans of the movie and her some real information about herself and her experience at the time. I believe she answered everything as honestly as she could as to keep her nice happy life as unaffected as possible.

said Bill on September 1, 2008 12:37 AM.

It's possible you interviewed an impersonator. Being 53, the website pictures could be five or ten years old and hers. But then, you might have the right one. She and her husband might even own the website.

said Phil on September 6, 2008 2:30 AM.

I guess it's just another one of those cases where we'll never find out the truth, it did sound pretty convincing though......

said junk on September 19, 2008 12:34 PM.

Those really must be her pictures on the website. Why else do you think they've been dropped and replaced by people who only want to sell junk? You should interview her in person, ya jerkoff. Then we'll finally know the truth.

said Phil on October 26, 2008 6:12 AM.

Phil, your logic is impeccable.

said Scaramouch on October 26, 2008 8:40 AM.

A question Bambi or I might know the answer to: Did you live in San Jose, CA in 1988 before you married your current husband?

said Phil on October 26, 2008 7:41 PM.

I have her in Cheri magazine with the short brown hair so everything seems to fit and she is very humble so I think you scored a touchdown on this big time! Now get her to lead you to Desiree Cousteau and let's see what she has done since Pretty Peaches, Randy, the Electric Lady, etc.

said Hammer on October 29, 2008 8:51 AM.

Well it's fun in any case! I've never seen the movie nor do I have alot of interest in porn. I was doing a google search on another "debbie" and noticed that 773,000 searched "debbie does dallas" which led me here. Ah conspiracy theories! The early photo idea would work without risk to her but from her perpective what purpose would it serve? She is trackable but as a producer of long-lead, investigative features myself I can assure any reader here that these programs end of being a "labor of love" as they NEVER recoup the investment made. You'd have to search out-of-business businesses in NY, track her first paycheck (signature and where cashed based on company records) fly to CA, interview old porn stars - who would probably lie just to be famous one more time, etc. etc. And even if "Bambi" would forward "conclusive proof" , this would never be anything more than dimishing returns. People would still say she was killed by the mafia or that she is actually the plesiosaur from Lake Champlain!

said Skippy on November 17, 2008 5:54 PM.

Scaramouche, will you do the fandango?

Okay... just had to ask.

But seriously, these articles were very interesting. It may be true that we can't really verify if the woman "interviewed" through email really is her, but the description she gives of her life is much more believable than the theories of drug abuse, mob hits, early deaths. Why? Because real life is normally much more boring and mundane than fantasy. Marrying a software engineer, having kids, and living out a comfortable existence is the last thing people want to imagine for their titillating porn star fantasy.

said CSR on November 18, 2008 12:17 PM.

Scara, once again someone asked you to do the fandango.

I think it's time to have a footage of you doing the fandango here on YBNBY. What do you think guys?

said Leonardo Carvalho on November 19, 2008 6:27 AM.

Ok, there is one thing I find suspicious.
If I remember correctly from the movie, the curtains didn't match the carpet; i.e. - she wasn't a blonde. Therefore, why would she be needing to dye her hair brunette now?
That's really the only flaw I find in this thing. Other than I thought from seeing the movie that it was highly unlikely Bambi could string two phrases together in real life.
Oh well, it might be her. I could be wrong. Wouldn't be the first time. How was I supposed to know that that chick in Cabo turned out to be a dude?

said Ballz on November 22, 2008 1:01 PM.

I found it all to be a good read, thanks for clearing up some questions.

said Dpope on December 21, 2008 5:37 AM.

Look, if someone is so damn interested in verifying this interview, the interviewee dropped a big hint as to finding her: Desireé Cousteau. We know her real name: Deborah Clearbranch. Find Cousteau and, if this isn't full of shit, find Bambi.

said Jesus on January 3, 2009 6:31 PM.

After reading the interview I have to note that it's unusual for an American to use the phrase "straight away". The Brits say "straight away" and Americans say "right away".

said JDaniel on January 5, 2009 1:10 AM.

Seems to me, people should quit pretending to be journalists if they won't hold themselves to journalistic standards.

said Rob on February 23, 2009 12:05 AM.

omg who cares if it's a hoax, if it's her she doesn't want anyone to know where she is. respect that. if it isn't then oh well. Just respect the fact that this woman doesn't want all the hounds knocking down her door trying to find out what she has been doing all these years. To me she sounds as though she's happy so leave it be. I personally hope it is her cause then I know she didn't die and she is living the good life, at least she didn't go the other way and end up in a ditch somewhere from an overdose or AIDs. Leave the woman alone.

Have respect.

said T on March 11, 2009 12:18 PM.

Great story, but given the aforementioned Briticisms in "Bambi's" answers, I'm inclined to believe that the author himself is in on the hoax--i.e., fabricated the answers himself. Scaramouch, you have a great TV show script here, but this fails as a journalistic coup.

said chowdown on March 28, 2009 2:44 PM.

The interview is littered with non-American phrasing. Whether that's indicative of someone who is British or Australian or someone who lives in those areas (and has for many years), I don't know but I highly doubt her claims of living in CA. And some of her responses seemed needlessly vague. All she has to say about the last 20+ years is that she got married and had kids? I would have been interested to know if her attitudes towards sex have changed (well, she was in two porn films).

said Loud Whispers on March 29, 2009 10:34 PM.

It's so comical for me to read how many people are chasing their tails in their quest to find "Debbie". She was amused herself what the big deal was all about with herself"Bambi"way back in the mid 80's! My family and I always thought that she was a sweet girl (young lady)with a heart of gold. We saw each other on and off for 4 years. We were very young, and had alot of fun times. I experienced a side of her that not too many people could be fortunate enough to know.We enjoyed Skiing,playing pool,horseback riding in Central Park,Partying and drinking together. I miss her.We fell out of touch.O yeah, the folks who think that she is a Barbara Woodsomething or another are so far off. She had a keltic first name. She has, or had brown hair! She was not especially proud of what she did for a living, so I 'm sure she now assumes a new identity, and is living out in some remote town,in some northwestern state,tending to her horses,and enjoying her family and life. I surely hope so. Dennis

said Dennis on May 9, 2009 12:28 AM.

This is all a minor curiosity piece. For some reason, Debbie Does Dallas has a cult following. I saw it when it first came out and found it one of the silliest things I ever saw. Totally dull in the erotic sense. Howevever, people are more than free to be charmed by this infantile film. It does no harm to anyone and may even help to return female grooming back to the notion that it is not "cool" for woman to to make themselves look like nine year olds. I remember the clubs and stuff mentioned in the interview and it was all good for nostalgic value. Bambi Woods did perform in the Melody Theater. I saw her there.

said DrDee51 on May 25, 2009 8:32 AM.

Nice fantasy people. There is so much information in this so called interview that it could be quite easily be confirmed or discounted. Especially when you consider the Belushi rumour, and the guy from Kiss. Just takes someone with a bit of savvy to ask the questions of the right people. And as their seem to be no add ons from our "successful" interviewer, I take it, he aint the man!! C'mon, you have any idea how many people were goin' to these clubs and hangin' out with these rockers and actors?? I'm in another country, and I reckon I could find out more than this nut!

said Donnie Darko on July 5, 2009 4:44 PM.

QUOTE: "The interview is littered with non-American phrasing."

THIS is exactly what I was thinking! I'm glad someone else noticed that!

No one in the States says "Straight away" or "I rang my parents". Fake. We say "Right away" and "I called my parents". Nice try though.

Unless Bambi moved to the UK and picked up their phrasing too, I just don't believe any of this. Sorry.

said iron maniac on August 13, 2009 2:47 AM.

Hoax? Perhaps, but I think not. I'm from South Carolina - the mountains thereof, no less! And I use those phrases, Erik!

If I were "Debbie" then I would be every bit as cautious as she...

I have to admit, this movie was one of the very first I ever saw - lie many other fellows my age.

All I can add is that where ever "Debbie" is, and whatever she is doing, I wish her well, (and Thanks for the Memories!).

said BethsBull on November 7, 2009 10:32 AM.

To "f" thanks for a good laugh idiot.

To "magig" she offered to do the audio interview in person so that means if someone is prepared to put the money up she will walk in in person and do the interview but just won't appear on film herself. What more could the woman do except offer that? and why the hell has no-one taken her up on the offer? Hoaxsters don't offer things like that, seems like this is one of the scoops of the year, congratulations! Very interesting reading!

said nia on December 26, 2009 7:02 AM.

This is fascinating for me. I watched the documentary about Deep Throat (Inside Deep Throat) and wrote my latest crime novel around it. Bambi Woods and her dilemma were mentioned in the documentary.

The novel I wrote (Johnny Porno) will be published in April (2010). It centers around the 1973 NY Criminal Court decision to ban Deep Throat. Johnny Porno has to do with organized crime (where the financing for Deep Throat came from) and how the mob cashed in because of the court decision to ban the film. It was essentially a second prohibition for organized crime. The book offers male perspectives of how some 70’s men viewed porn and its stars (Linda Lovelace and Marilyn Chambers). The book also features a gay cop and how that issue was treated by the NYPD. There’s a book trailer on my website. Forwarning: It is often violent, humorous, and definitely considered a hardboiled crime novel. I write about organized crime and because of the time frame (1973), the characters speak without much concern for political correctness.

Bambi Woods' situation; that of a former porn star in hiding, makes for interesting possibilities.

said Charlie on February 10, 2010 7:24 AM.

An old friend sent this to me. It may be true, and only one posting has any accuracy. This was the early 70's.and everyone was sleeping with everyone. It was the "me' generation. LA had not yet become the total home of porn. Sharon Mitchell was dating my guitarist she had long hair at the time, was 17 and gorgeous. He introduced me to (?) at Max's Kansas City. I was drumming for a guy at the time who dated lots of girls who did loops, as there was no aids and porn was breaking due to deep throat. I became dear friends with (?), even a couple of dates. I actually was falling in love with her but she was a free spirit and dated who she wanted, shit we were 19 or 20 at best. Then I started a 4 year committed relationship with 'Cheri Bomb' from Cheri magazine. And (?) developed a heroin problem, which is one reason I think it might be true. The post from Dennis seems accurate because every time I ran into them it was in Central Park. She was a sweet caring person and sometimes she'd cry to me about the dope problem. And truth is even before she dyed her hair, nobody really ever recognized her. Not with me, don't know about Dennis. She was a good kid and I was crazy about her.
She knew all my friends and girlfriends. Someone wrote about a Celtic first name, that would also be true. As for british words, fuck off, I say lots of English and Australian ism's , so what. She travelled. Your not Sherlock Holmes, really stupid. As friends drift apart and I became a fairly successful
musician, I didn't ever think of her as "bambi", that was a funny name. And
about 3 years later someone told my girlfriend and myself that she had died of a heroin overdose. I was terribly sad at the time, she was too nice a person
but we never heard of anyone trying to kill her, that's a crock of shit. Then life goes on. All these years I thought a nice kid died from a bad drug and I didn't try hard enough to help her. So if it's truly her, I'm very grateful that
she got the life she wanted and deserved. And if it's not her, then whatever.
You can give this person my email address. If it's her, I'm sure she's like to say Hi and we can trade pics of our kids. And no again, I'm not giving a name
in case it's her and cause turmoil in her life. And Charlie, I'm writing a screenplay about some great early 70's stuff, you can write to me and maybe work together. It's a true story that no-one would believe unless they were there. Cool..


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