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YBNBY Hall of Fame: Porn Stars of the 70s and 80s

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Welcome to the YBNBY Hall of Fame - celebrating the some of the best stories we've posted in the three years that we've been publishing.

It took over two years from when we launched to find what could possibly be our specialist subject - porn stars. Looking back, the only surprise is that it took so long. But all good things COME to those who wait (ewww). It's a story that spawned several sequels, and led to an exclusive interview with a real porn star. But that's for another induction ceremony - today we're celebrating the grandmother of them all - Where are they now? Porn Stars of the 70s and 80s.

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In between the age of Aquarius and the AIDS scare lay the Golden Age of Porn. In the 70s and 80s, adult films had plots and promotional budgets and stars who became famous. In addition to the stars of Debbie Does Dallas, which were featured here last year, there are plenty of porn stars to catch up with.

Once again I find myself researching a subject I know nothing about, as I don't recall ever seeing any of these stars in action. Thanks to the guys who suggested names... you know who you are.

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Andrea True starred in dozens of X-rated films under various stage names before she recorded the song "More, More, More" in 1976. After three albums, she gave up recording and returned to porn. This phase of her career was short-lived, as the competition for porn job favored younger women. Surgery on her vocal chords ended her singing career. In the past few years, she has appeared on VH1's nostalgia specials, including Where Are They Now in 1999 and 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders in 2003. In 2005, she appeared in the documentary Inside Deep Throat. She now works as a drug counselor at a rehab center in Florida.

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Anna Malle appeared in over 300 porn films, sometimes with her husband Hank Armstrong. She retired from the industry in 2005 at the age of 38. Less than a year later, she was killed in an auto accident near Las vegas.

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Kristi Lynn only made porn films for two years, but performed in 39 films. Before that, she was a dancer, model, and Penthouse Pet. She died in an automobile accident in 1995 at age 25, along with a passenger. The car she was driving (at an estimated 100 miles per hour) plunged 150 feet down a ravine. She was depressed and drinking heavily during that time, reportedly over the breakup with her boyfriend, adult film producer John Stagliano.

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Linda Lovelace (Linda Susan Boreman) starred in the 1972 film Deep Throat, the most famous porn film ever. She also did about a half-dozen other adult films. In 1980, she became an anti-pornography activist, claiming her first husband forced her into the business. In 1987, she underwent a liver transplant. She died on April 22nd, 2002, as the result of an auto accident three weeks earlier.

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Marilyn Chambers has appeared in 33 movies so far, the most famous being Behind the Green Door in 1972. She left porn films in 1976, returning in 1980, then leaving to pursue R-rated films in 1982, and returned to X-rated films once again in 1999. In an industry where most actresses can't find roles after age 40, Chambers continues to star in adult films. Her latest, Stash, is described as "A dark comedy about a young entrepreneur who will go to your home, in the event of your death, and secretly remove all your pornography before your loved ones have a chance to stumble upon it." It is scheduled to be released sometime in 2007. See the trailer here. Chambers has a MySpace page, but just like me, she fudged on her age.

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Seka (Dorothea Hundley Patton) appeared in hundreds of films during the seventies and eighties. She retired from filmmaking in 1982 at the height of her popularity and turned to striptease and modeling. Her explanation for retirement was that she was nearing 40 and felt it was time. She now lives near Kansas City and runs her fan club through her website. She has no regrets about her performing career.

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Georgina Spelvin (Dorothy May) became famous for her performance in The Devil in Miss Jones in 1973. Her show biz career started as a chorus girl, dancing in Broadway productions and movies. At the time, there were few porn actresses with any mainstream show business training, so Spelvin got roles despite her less-then-perfect appearance. Her name is an old stage joke, as "George Spelvin" was a generic pseudonym for an actor who didn't want to be credited. Spelvin made her last porn film in 1982. Now at 71, Georgina Spelvin works as a desktop publisher and graphics designer in Hollywood Hills.

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Ginger Lynn Allen made 69 adult films in the eighties and became a big name in the industry. In 1986, she decided to pursue a mainstream acting career, and appeareded in several films, television shows, and computer games. She still makes an occasional adult film, usually appearing in lesbian scenes. Ginger Lynn now co-hosts Night Calls, a radio show with porn star Christie Canyon on Playboy Radio's Sirius Satellite Radio.

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Christy Canyon appeared in nearly 200 adult films between 1984 and 1997. She has retired and returned to the business several times. Her 2003 autobiography is entitled Lights, Camera, Sex. She now concentrates on her website and her show Night Calls on Playboy Radio with Ginger Lynn.

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Harry Reams was the first porn actor to be convicted on federal obscenity charges for his work, although his appeal was successful. He made hundreds of films, including Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones. In 1989, Reems sought help for his alcoholism. Afterward, he converted to Christianity, married a woman who attended 12-step meetings to meet Christian men, and is now selling real estate in Utah. He appeared as his current anti-porn self in the 1995 documentary Inside Deep Throat.

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John Holmes is the most famous porn star ever, appearing in around 2500 movies and documentaries. His asset was his extra-long production aid, which he said was ten inches but was publicized at up to 16 inches. He was charged and aquitted in the Wonderland murders. His story inspired two mainstream movies, Boogie Nights and Wonderland, in which he was portrayed by Mark Wahlberg and Val Kilmer respectively (if not respectfully). John Holmes died in 1988 at age 43 from AIDS. Where he contracted the virus is a matter of speculation, but he had relations on film in 1983 with an actor who died of the virus in 1986.

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Ron Jeremy was ranked the number one porn star by AVN (Adult Video News) Magazine. His notoriety came from his ability to, um, pleasure himself orally. He is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for "Most Appearances in Adult Films," over 1900 so far. Outside of the porn industry, he starred in the second season of the TV show The Surreal Life. His autobiography Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz was released just last month. Visit Jeremy's MySpace page.

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Siobhan Hunter, the brash wildly erotic star of a bunch of stuff who still got fans in spite of her somewhat horsey face.

Judy Angel, the lady who for a while was the oldest woman in adult films.

said G on May 10, 2008 12:07 PM.
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