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.
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.