You started your adult movie career to finance your unconventional lifestyle and appeared in about 25 movies during the golden age of porn. How did you get involved in the adult industry? What did you do before you became an actor?
I had left my native New York City and was living in San Francisco leading a very free “alternative” life style, making art, performing in avant garde theatre and singing in jazz clubs. I went looking for nude modeling for extra money and was asked to appear in porn movies but had never seen one. Insulted, I stormed out, but my boyfriend decided to try it. He landed a lead role in Anthony Spinelli’s “Cry for Cindy.” I visited the set and was impressed by how professional it was and how attractive the people were. The money was good for a struggling artist, cultural attitudes toward sex at that time were quite open, and back then there were no serious life threatening diseases. The last movie I appeared in was “Blue Magic,” which I wrote and starred in, in 1980.
I imagine working in the adult industry you would have been exposed to both positive and negative aspects of the business. What were the highs and lows for you personally?
The highs were the fun, creative parts…getting made up, dressed up, playing different roles. I loved the friends I made, even met my husband of 9 years, a young producer. We’re no longer married but still close.
The lows were running in to the stereotypical sleazy guys who inevitably turn up in an underground biz, “bottom feeders.” Most directors were very nice, but you can’t help but run in to a few sleazebags who think they can get over on you. And I thought the way the sex was depicted was mostly unsexy and uncreative.
Do you think it is a lot different or more difficult for women coming into the industry now than it was when you first started out?
No, it’s a lot easier! There are so many movies being made! Though I think the standards for how you look are much more difficult. You have to be so thin and perfect and have big firm boobs. Back then we were allowed to be more natural with varied body types, which I prefer!
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