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Porn stars of the 1970s and 1980s: Where they are now?

They came, defined a business of the 19702 and 1980s porn movies.

Many of the biggest stars from the adult film industry’s, Golden Age — an era when VHS launched pornography into a multi-million dollar business — have come and gone, but are still huge and will live forever.

But others are still plugging away.

Here is deep look at some of vintage porn’s leading actors and where they are now:

Ron Jeremy

Ron Jeremy
Ron Jeremy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ron Jeremy former special education teacher began a drastic career change in 1978, when his girlfriend sent naked photos of him to “Playgirl.”

The spread was so impressive that he started getting calls from adult film directors. Jeremy agreed to participate in hopes that it would help him break into the non-adult film industry.

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He is still one of the most recognizable names in porn.

Jeremy holds the Guinness World Record for most appearances in adult films with more than 2,000. Despite a health scare in 2013, the Queens-native still directs and stars in pornographic films — he has even appeared in more mainstream movies, like “The Boondock Saints.”

 

Harry Reems

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Harry Reems – Deep Throat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Before starring in trailblazing pornos such as “Deep Throat” — which landed him in very public legal troubles — and “The Devil in Miss Jones,” Harry Reems appeared in multiple stag films or “loops,” which were silent, short explicit adult movies.

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Harry Reems died of pancreatic cancer in 2013. Years before his death, he became a devout Christian.

 

 

 

Vanessa del Rio

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Vanessa-Del-Rio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vanessa del Rio Hailing from Harlem, del Rio quit her job as a computer programmer in 1974 to do porn because “they were paying $150 a day, exactly half my rent,” she once told Vibe.

She initially left the industry in 1986 at the height of the AIDS epidemic.

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Vanessa Del Rio came out of retirement in the late 1980s. She has since made cameos on “NYPD Blue” and the music video for the Junior M.A.F.I.A. song “Get Money.”

 

John Holmes

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John Holmes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The legendary figure’s career started in the very early 1970s, before the Golden Age of porn.

Just how many adult films John Holmes appeared in is not known, as actors were not given credit prior to industry boom.

Holmes famously told “Penthouse” that he had his member insured by Lloyd’s of London for the massive amount of $14 million — seven figures per inch, he said.

When he wasn’t on screen, Holmes was giving up criminals to the LAPD as an informant to support his drug and crime habit and stay out of jail.

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John Holmes was the inspiration for Mark Wahlberg’s character Dirk Diggler in the Paul Thomas Anderson film, “Boogie Nights.”

And Holmes’ alleged involvement in the still unsolved Wonderland murders of 1981 is the subject of the 2003 movie “Wonderland.”

He died of complications related to AIDS in 1984. Even after he was diagnosed as HIV positive, Holmes still filmed two porn films, with his condition unknown to his co-stars.

 

Nina Hartley

Nina Hartley
Nina Hartley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As a sophomore nursing student at San Francisco State University in 1982, Nina Hartley began stripping at the famed Mitchell Brothers’ O’Farrell Theatre.

Two years later she made her adult film debut in “Educating Ninja,” and still graduated magna cum laude.

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Hartley is still active in porn and has made her own little empire.

She produces the “Nina Hartley’s Guide” instructional videos and frequently works with her husband, BDSM adult film director Ernest Greene.

The pioneer is also known for her role in “Boogie Nights,” in which she plays William H. Macy’s cheating wife and as a social activist, particularly on the topic of feminism.

“Sex isn’t something men do to you,” she told The Humanist. “It isn’t something men get out of you. Sex is something you dive into with gusto and like it every bit as much as he does.”

 

Marilyn Chambers

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Marilyn Chambers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Ivory Snow model appeared in the romantic comedy “The Owl and the Pussycat” alongside Barbara Streisand prior to her breakout role in the groundbreaking “Behind the Green Door” — which many consider the first adult film to feature an interracial sex scene.

“Resurrection of Eve,” the follow-up to the 1972 film cemented Marilyn Chambers as a big name in the industry.

In 1985, she made national headlines for getting arrested while on stage performing her one woman, full-frontal nudity show, “Feel The Magic,” at the Mitchell Brothers’ O’Farrell Theatre in San Francisco

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Marilyn Chambers died in 2009 of a cerebral hemorrhage due to complications with heart disease.

 

Traci Lords

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Traci Lords

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Although she only appeared in adult movies from 1984 to 1986, Traci Lords left quite the impact on the industry.

She starred in 1984’s “Talk Dirty to Me Part III” and shortly thereafter began making $1,000 per day.

However, Lords was well under the age of 18 during the filming. The scandal shaped several laws in the industry to fight child pornography.

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Traci Lords successfully switched over to mainstream roles after 1986. She has acted in hit sitcoms, like “Gilmore Girls,” “Married…with Children,” “Will & Grace” and “Melrose Place,” among others.

Her autobiography, “Traci Lords: Underneath It All,” was a New York Times Bestseller and in 1995 her debut album “1000 Fires” spawned the single “Control,” which is certified double platinum.

 

Ilona Staller

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Ilona Staller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Hungarian-Italian actress, better known as Cicciolina, was a popular radio host in Italy before entering porn.

In 1978, she was the first woman to ever be pictured naked live on Italian television and five years later she made her adult film debut in “Telefono rosso.”

She famously appeared in “The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empress” alongside John Holmes, who participated in the X-rated film despite being HIV positive.

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Slater is an active politician and activist in Italy. In February she announced that she is in the process of filming her final adult movie.

 

Buck Adams

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Buck Adams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amber Lynn — who is also well-known in the adult film world — introduced Adams, her brother, into the world of porn around 1980.

An actor, Adams also dabbled in directing X-rated movies.

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Adams’s prolific career — which included nearly 100 directing credits and more than 600 acting spots — ended in 2008 when he died of heart failure.

 

 

 

 

Peter North

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North began his career as a star of gay porn films in the mid-1980s. He later switched over to straight X-rated movies and began directing as well. The “North Pole” series of films are the North’s most notable works.’According to his personal website, North, whose real name is Alden Brown, chose Peter North as his porn name because: “Your penis is also referred to as your Peter and when you are erect, it faces North. Plus, I am from the North.”

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He has his own company, Northstar Associates, and still regularly directs and appears in adult films.

North has also written several books, including “Penetrating Insights” which is “a guide to meeting and dating beautiful women.” It is available on Amazon for a whopping $194.99.

 

John Leslie

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John Leslie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leslie was the first male star to successfully switch from adult film acting to directing. He took the industry by storm in 1973 with “Sensuous Delights.”

Following John Holmes’ downfall, Leslie took over as the most prominent male star in porn,

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He died of a heart attack in 2010. Earlier that year, Leslie took part in a documentary on the adult film industry titled “After Porn Ends.”

 

Jamie Gillis

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Jamie Gillis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A true Manhattanite, Gillis, an openly bisexual man, graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University and first ventured into the adult film world after reading an advertisement in the “Village Voice” while he was a taxi driver.

He starred in nearly 500 films.

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Gillis died from Melanoma in 2010.

His legacy includes creating and directing the influential “On The Prowl” porn series. The gonzo-themed films inspired the “On the Lookout” filming scene from “Boogie Nights.”

 

Herschel Savage

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Herschel Savage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another New York City-native, Savage gave up on his dream of being a Broadway star 1976.

But in two years, he shot to stardom for his role in “Debbie Does Dallas.” He reportedly made $150-a-day filming the successful film.

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Savage was out of the adult industry from 1988 to 1997. He returned and is still active in porn — but has achieved some mainstream fame as well, with a cameo in NBC’s sitcom “Just Shoot Me.”

 

Amber Lynn

Amber Lynn
Amber Lynn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Buck Adams’ sister began as a model, transitioned to posing nude for magazines, and eventually became in porn star in a short timespan in the early 1980s.

Aside from adult films, Lynn gained national fame at the time for her stripping career, which at a time helped her earn $32,000-a-week.

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Addiction took a hold of Lynn’s life for several years, but she has been sober since 2000. She also has her own radio show on LATalkRadio.com.

Ginger Lynn

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Ginger Lynn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The first woman to film a scene with Peter North, Ginger Lynn’s prominence in the industry launched after her 1983 spread in “Penthouse.”

For the following three years, she was the most recognizable name in adult films, and even testified in the Traci Lord underage porn trial.

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Lynn occasionally still appears in porn films.

She has had some success in mainstream roles, appearing in movies such as “American Pie: Band Camp,’ “Young Guns II” and “The Devil’s Rejects.”

She famously dated Charlie Sheen in the 1990s.

Juliet Anderson

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Juliet Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Better known as among her fans as Aunt Peg, Anderson jumped into the business at the ripe age of 39 after ditching her dreams of filming documentaries.

She used her stardom to branch out and star and host events such as comedy shows involved nudity and legal interactions — such as Q&A sessions — with fans.

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Juliet Anderson died in 2010 of a heart attack.

Prior to her death, she was awarded with an honorary Doctor of the Arts from The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in 2007.

Seka

Seka
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Seka, whose real name is Dorothiea Ivonniea Hundley, owned multiple adult book stores before she entered the industry.

She appeared in 200 adult films, with a break between the early 1980s and 1990s due to the AIDS epidemic.

Seka has enjoyed mainstream fame at the height of her career, appearing on “Saturday Night Live,” — when she dated comedian Sam Kinison — and multiple daytime talk shows, including the “Oprah Winfrey Show.”

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Seka runs her own fanclub and in 2007 released her first X-rated film in more than a decade.

 

Bambi Woods

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Bambi Woods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Woods was not prepared for the level of fame she received for 1978’s “Debbie Does Dallas,” an adult film she appeared in solely because of personal financial issues.

She became a celebrity of sorts. Bambi Woods only appeared in two other X-rated movies, both sequels to “Dallas.”

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Barely anything is known about Woods.

She disappeared from the national spotlight in the mid-1980s.

Over the years there have been multiple reports that range from saying she is dead to that she is living a normal normal life.

None of which have been confirmed.

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