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We’ve finally reached the number one spot of this installment of “50 Greatest Pornstars” and thus this deserves some extra introduction for more than one reason. First of all, the decision to include this particular pornstar was probably one of the hardest I ever had to make in this context: on the one hand due to the controversial nature of the subject at hand, on the other hand because we’re definitely talking about one of the biggest and most notorious legends in all of porn history, and one of the three greatest pornstars in my own porn canon. Seriously, my view on porn would positively not be the same without this woman. So this being said, enter Norma Louise Kuzma, much better known under her alias – and by now her actual name – Traci Elizabeth Lords.
I can’t exactly remember when I saw her for the first time – it might have been a magazine, a digital picture or a video tape. What I definitely do remember is how very much I was struck by her. She wasn’t even as physically perfect as for example Ebony Ayes (my other perennial favorite pornstar ever), as her boobs had this peculiar quality that made them look kinda weirdly V-shaped when they were hanging but looked absolutely perfectly puffy.-nippled and big when she was laying on her back or on her side. I hadn’t quite fully realized how much I loved a nice big ass on a woman back then – Traci’s wasn’t flat, that did it for me. Even her hair, especially that Aquanet-teased variant she would sport in most of her scenes, was anything but an automatic turn-on. No, what drew me into Traci Lords and never let me go was first of all *that face*. Slightly almond-shaped big dark blue eyes that exuded seductiveness as much as (pseudo) innocence. Her ruby-red lips could pout like none other and in the next moment reveal a set of brilliantly white teeth as her mouth turned into a grimace of sexual arousal and aggression. All of these features were found in a perfectly rounded doll-like face, making Traci Lords one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen then. And the rest of her body – some likable natural flaws notwithstanding – completed the physique of the horniest, sexiest and most desirable pornstar I had ever seen.
What I also very clearly remember is the first movie I ever saw Traci perform in. From a hidden video stash I picked up a tape called “Educating Mandy”. Although this was years after the legal case that would end her career in porn (and shake up the industry as a whole, see more about that below) this movie was legally available where I lived. It featured some of the late Golden Age of Porn’s biggest stars (and also introduced me to Christy Canyon who instantly became another favorite of mine) and had the classic pre-video quality of that era’s big budget productions. Traci played a young housewife who accidentally witnesses her husband (Harry Reems, the second hairiest male talent after Ron Jeremy) cheating on her and, after getting some verbal (and physical) support from her girlfriends, decides to pay him back the same way.
The first scene of that movie remains one of my most watched porn moments ever. The way this beautiful young woman undresses for her husband in front of the fireplace to reveal her fantaastic body, to then get carried away to the big bed and then getting fucked really good instantly became one of my defining porn moments. (In fact, I am taking a break from typing right now to watch it once more.)
(Thanks for your patience, hehe.) What makes this scene so memorable is the way Reems takes Traci, her body glistening with sweat, her boobs bouncing and her face distorted in ecstasy. It may not stray too far from a classic porn setting but it surely was enough for me to never forget it.
From here it was a continuing story of typical pornstar pic-hunting-and-gathering from my discovery of Traci Lords until today, basically. (This is probably also the moment to give some shout outs to the “TraciOfLords” blog who probably has the biggest collection of Traci hardcore pics and gifs on tumblr and who thankfully let me use his archive for additional illustrations in this article.) The problem here was and to some extent still is that due to the critical legal status of some of Traci’s movies many sites who hosted Traci related stuff in the past disappeared later. Only today many pictures and films can be obtained on a host of sites dedicated to Traci’s hardcore work, although it may vary from country to country whether or not it’s fully legal to watch it. (Disclaimer: Should your country be part of that list, please leave this entry now and read one of the 199 others on this blog instead.)
So if you bothered reading up to here you now know how big an impact Traci Lords made on me during my formative years as a porn fan. Much of her own biography is pretty much public domain, so let’s keep it short: Traci was born Norma Louise Kuzma in Steubenville, OH, into a dysfunctional family with an alcoholic, abusive father and her parents divorcing when she was seven years old. That broken biography would get worse when Norma – whose body developed very early – got raped at age ten (by her sixteen-year-old then boyfriend) and became pregnant and subsequently had an abortion at fourteen. By then her mother was living with a new partner who molested Norma and also got her a fake ID (now calling herself Kristie Elizabeth Nussbaum and faking an age of 22), supporting the girl’s rebellious attitude towards her parents who didn’t want her daughter to have sex yet. In early 1984, at the age of fifteen, Norma finally moved to LA with him (he posed as her stepfather) to start a career in adult entertainment.
The notorious couple managed to get Norma signed for the infamous Jim South modelling agency which led to her first nude modelling session for – of all publications – Penthouse magazine. Here the career of “Traci Lords” started officially as she not only chose the name as her pornstar pseudonym but ended up being the September 1984 issue’s centerfold. (The issue’s then popularity, however, was largely based on then Miss America Vanessa Williams’ nude pictorial. After the discoveries of Traci’s underage the issue has since been pulled from the market and remains illegal to be owned with the centerfold intact.)
This greatly heightened Traci’s profile and she shot her first porn movie “What Gets Me Hot!” soon after. Initially she only had a non-sex role but a hardcore scene (with her later boyfriend Tom Byron) was added afterwards. More movies followed in the course of 1984 and 1985, all greatly expanding and cementing Traci’s status as America’s new porn sensation and one of the industry’s top-grossing and top-earning performers. She would even receive her first porn award for the Tom Hanks/Darryl Hannah fantasy comedy “Splash” spoof “Talk Dirty to Me III”.
Traci’s annoucement to retire from porn in late 1985 thus came somewhat surprisingly, although in early 1986 she returned with her own production company to shoot what would be some of her last three XXX films, “Traci Takes Tokyo”, “Beverly Hills Copulator” (your guess which box office hit this was a take on) and “Screamer”. The final porn movie Traci would star in was “Traci, I Love You” – shot in France just two days after her 18th birthday with Euro porn luminaries like Marilyn Jess and Gabriel Pontello and released into the wake of the biggest scandal ever to hit the porn industry and followed by a maelstrom of court cases, accusations and empty video store shelves.
In a nutshell, “Traci’s” fake identity was unveiled just weeks after her 18th birthday and subsequently all of her movies shot prior to that date – effectively her complete fimlography save “Traci, I Love You” – were ruled child pornography by US law (they remain legally available in many other countries though to this day). This had a devastating effect on the porn industry as a whole and their video store “subcontractors” in particular. Millions of dollars of industry profit were lost as tapes had to be pulled from the shelves overnight while some movies were re-edited without Traci’s scenes or even re-shot with a new actress instead of Traci (the very recently featured Lisa De Leeuw taking her predecessor’s place in “Talk Dirty to Me III”). It was hell on a plate for the adult industry who only fully recovered years after the scandal had exploded, plus the Reagan government felt urged to crack down on porn productions, criminalizing the industry and the artform as a whole.
“Traci” meanwhile tried to break free from her porn past by selling the rights to her final XXX film (and drawing accusations from within the industry that her move had long been planned to profit from it) and trying to get some mainstream acting slots. She remains one of the most heavily criticized ex-pornstars from her former co-worker’s point of view as she herself claimed to have been drugged and forced to do porn while former colleagues like Christy Canyon stated that Traci had never made the impression of not knowing what she wanted and didn’t want to do.
Either way, Traci kept her porn alias and even made it her official name (as a gesture to embrace her past), getting a role in John Waters’s pre-global fame Johnny Depp movie “Cry-Baby”, guested in “Roseanne” and later starred alongsides Wesley Snipes in “Blade” as well as Kevin Smith’s “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”. Apart from that most of her cinematic or television work has been in the horror or sci-fi field. She also released a techno record called “1000 Fires” whose single “Control” even became a minor hit in the dance charts.
Her autobiography “Underneath it All” became a best-seller in 2003, she got married, had a baby, started her own fashion line… Basically, Traci Lords did what most if not all former pornstars hope to achieve: start a career where she didn’t have to bare her boobs anymore. Whatever you think of her stance on the porn industry, she managed to establish herself as a not-just-former-pornstar performer and person and you friggin’ have to give her that.
So whatever controversy remains, she gets my number one spot of all Classic Pornstars. Thank you for reading and following. I’m gonna take a break from writing new articles for the time being, cleaning up older entries and fixing some stuff here or there. But rest assured: there will be a new “Top 50″ list on this tumblr in the future – this time maybe more about recent than classic performers…
The top regions of a list of classic pornstars are reserved for true legends. Truth, even the life of a legend has both lighter and darker shades and the story of this specific pornstar legend ends on one of the darkest down notes one could imagine. This is a story of beauty and sex, glamour and death, so if you will excuse me I will tell you a little bit about one of the most notorious and tragic pornstar stories ever, about a young woman called Shannon Michelle Wilsey – also known as Savannah.
It wasn’t hard to stumble across Savannah’s pics in the early to mid nineties as a young porn aficionado. Long straight platinum blonde hair with her typical Savannah bangs, ice blue eyes, a near perfectly beautiful face (some freckles added for fun) and a body that was just as nearly perfectly shaped. (She did get breast implants at one point in her career but those were rather well done, enhancing her beauty much more than making it look unnatural.) Needless to say I instantly fell in love with her the first time I saw Savannah’s picture.
A proverbial California Girl, Shannon Wilsey moved around the country as a kid after her parents had divorced. At thirteen, she found out that the man she had believed to be her biological father in fact wasn’t, and that’s the point where most bios about her feature a quote about her “becoming a wild child”. In fact she was so wild that she became a groupie and lived with famous rock musicians such as Gregg Allman and Billy Sheehan – before coming of age.
When Shannon was twenty years old she had seen quite a lot for her age, (including a miscarriage fathered by Allman) and being the adventurous – and beautiful – person that she was, nude modelling was the next thing for her to try out. Rex Cabo, a porn actor and director, introduced her to hardcore porn around 1990 and she took up her first stage name called Silver Kane at that time. (This being a very thinly veiled hint at the drug habit she had developed by that time.)
Her first shootings made such an impression on the industry bigshots that the then upcoming porn stalwart Vivid Entertainment signed her as one of the first “Vivid Girls” with an exclusive contract for numerous films in 1991. Now she changed her pseudonym again, henceforth being known as Savannah (after an early eighties movie called “Savannah Smiles”) and poised to become one of the biggest names in 1990′s porn.
Savvy (as her friends and fellow performers would call her) landed hit after hit with flicks like “Indian Summer”, “Laying the Ghost” or “In Defense of Savannah”. In a time when video took over, she was one of the last stars to still shoot big budget productions and pretty much rocketed to fame, winning AVN’s Best New Starlet Award in 1992. Her on-screen persona was that of an “ice queen”, never letting loose and getting all raunchy and raucous like other pornstars but keeping the air of mystery and aloofness. My first Savannah movie experience was “Roxy” in a softcore version where Ms Wilsey nevertheless made such an impression on me that I shot load after load on her getting fucked by – of all talents – flatnosed Buck Adams:
Savannah also kept her tendency to have high profile liaisons with rockers like Axl Rose and Slash of Guns N’ Roses, Vince Neil of Poison and punk-rocker-turned-eighties-pop-star Billy Idol. (If you insist you can add “Marky” Mark Wahlberg to that list too.) Her true love, apparently, was a woman from her own trade though: Savannah had a long time relationship with fellow porn actress Jeanna Fine, a woman she called the love of her life.
However, a number of factors would contribute to Savannah’s career trajectory first getting disturbed and then unhinged. Vivid allegedly let her go for her temper tantrums she would throw on set (her smack habit probably didn’t help much eitherI) and although she kept on making successful films in the XXX business her aspired transition to Hollywood productions never went past a few minor roles in smaller horror movies. Neither did Savannah’s fame stop her relationships from failing. After she and Jeanna Fine broke up comedian Pauly Shore became her next love interest although it would never reach the level her previous relationship had had.
By 1994 Savannah, although still one of the biggest pornstars of her days, had developed serious depression fed by her various issues and it was an accident that would bring this disposition to fatal fruition. On July 11 she and a friend took a ride in her Corvette – both under the influence – and when she lost control of the steering wheel the car crashed into a fence. Although her injuries weren’t critical Savannah’s face had been badly lacerated by the smashed windshield. She then sent her friend outside and called her friend and manager Nancy Pera in tears, fearing that her career was finished with her once beautiful face now being mutilated. Pera tried to calm her down but to no avail as Savannah proceeded to shoot herself in the face with her 9mm handgun. When Pera arrived she could only take her friend to the hospital where Savannah died eleven hours later. She was 23.
Along with other notable pornstar deaths like Lolo Ferrari’s or Linda Lovelace’s, Savannah’s tragic passing is often quoted as an example how the porn industry ruins the lives of its protagonists. This feud also took place after Shannon Wilsey died although some people pointed out that her depression, her drug abuse and her failed relationships had also been factors before she got into porn. On the other hand, experiencing that not even her fame and fortune could prevent bad things from happening may have intensified her depression, with the car accident being the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back.
Savannah still has an admiring fanbase even more than two decades after her death. Her life and death keep getting scrutinized and you can find lots of mini documentaries and features about her on YouTube for example. She still symbolizes that new breed of pornstars who strove for fame beyond the world of adult entertainment, seeing porn as a means to reach other levels of glamour. That this not only wasn’t to be but also resulted in her untimely death is probably the saddest part of Savannah’s story.
I’ll try and keep this both poignant and in the faith of this blog. Savannah was a tragic figure, even though she was one of the most beautiful and desirable pornstars of her time, somebody whose scenes still turn me on after all those years and somebody who I wish hadn’t done hardcore if she only had found another way to deal with her issues. God bless you, Shannon Wilsey, wherever you may be now.
One thing first: I really regretted not having Tawnee among the first “50 Greatest Pornstars” so I’m really glad she finally gets her well-deserved mention here. That said, there probably was no website that changed the course and development of online pornography the way “Lightspeed Sorority” did. Its concept was simple yet incredibly successful: Take a bunch of jailbait-ish amateur girls, make them pose naked while a) doing totally mundane chores or b) having hot lesbian sex with each other (or sometimes c) both) and make sure you get your site promoted all over the internet in its circa 2001 incarnation. The most well-known face of this operation: a girl born Tammy Saris from Crystal Lake, IL with brown eyes, brunette hair and a delicious body who called herself Tawnee Stone.
It must have been around 2002 when I first caught a view of Tawnee, instantly smitten by her youthful appearance between innocence and seductiveness. She was so pretty and cute that I almost (!) didn’t mind she was only doing softcore pictures for the most part. Her smile alone was enough to keep me hooked on her and the little flicks circulating online (like one where she simply picked lemons in the nude) seemed hot enough to shoot uncounted loads on her.
There were also other models on the site (like Jordan Capri or Tawnee’s alleged sister Tori Stone) but they never caught my heart (and my cock) the way Tawnee did. Whether it was her posing as a cheerleader or fooling around outside, her innocent erotic attraction always got me going. Tawnee was the blueprint for other “One model, one website” sensations that would soon follow, many of them – like my other eternal teen porn favorite Christine Young, Amai Liu or Little Caprice – going much more into hardcore porn territory.
If you remember my stories about Olinka or Linsey Dawn McKenzie you know that some of my greatest experiences with porn were when a softcore actress finally went hardcore. One day my patience would also be rewarded in the case of Tawnee Stone – although its result is often deemed one of the most infamous hardcore scenes in modern porn history. The story – as told by former Lightspeed impresario Rochard – goes as follows: The producers wanted her to finally go hardcore proper (a hot masturbation-ensued-by-blowjob video was the closest her fans got to it before) and Tawnee would only do it with her boyfriend. This guy was no “male talent” in the industry sense of the word and so the video feels like a car crash where you can’t look away despite the horrible scenes unfolding before your eyes. Poor Tawnee spends what feels like hours to get him up by sucking him 69 (he gets to lick her pussy too!) but guy just can’t handle the situation of getting filmed and stays flaccid for the most part. The orgasm literally seems forced although I don’t believe it’s faked.
Anyway, it wasn’t much later after this first and final hardcore video that Tawnee stopped shooting new material because by the mid-2000′s her image had become ubiquitous on the web that she apparently didn’t want to do her thing anymore and instead opted for the wild and dangerous career of… accountancy.
Nevertheless, this story being about the wild early days of web 2.0 internet porn, of course it doesn’t end with a whimper but a bang. Steve Lightspeed wouldn’t have it that his most famous model would plainly quit the job that made her famous, so he decided to kill Tawnee Stone. Well, not quite that literally of course but the guy seriously posted the news that on December 31, 2010 Tawnee Stone died in a car crash. Her internet fan community went gonzo about it and – for a change – needed their tissues to dry their tears… until the actual Tammy Saris posted a status update on Twitter on January 1, 2011 which simply read “Alive and well, happy new year :)”
Well, that was the story of one of my favorite erotic models (and a bit of a proper pornstar too). She’s ingrained so deeply into my porn taste buds that Tawnee will forever be a cock-riser to me, plus her story is just so hair-raisingly outrageous (and funny) that her place among the top three seems well justified to me. (And for a real 2002 flashback, check out her website which doesn’t seem to have changed since then and also claims she’s still 19.)
When you look back at the so called “Golden Age of Porn” there’s not really a shortage of legendary figures. During this period of time – sometimes used as a rather loose term for the time comprising the 1970′s up to the mid-1980′s, sometimes defined more strictly from 1969 to 1984 – pornography (and especially pornographic movies) became a phenomenon of popular culture for the first time, producing stars of its own and grossing millions if not billions of dollars in ticket and magazine sales. This era made people like Linda Lovelace or Marilyn Chambers and later on Christy Canyon or Traci Lords veritable celebrities, although they never managed to completely shake their XXX origins. Not all of them managed to steer clear of the dangers, pitfalls and vices that came along with the trade, and some of them sadly paid the highest price too. Well, and then there’s Lisa De Leeuw.
Even though I made my first conscious pornstar experiences (well, through the media they were pictured in of course) in a time when at least some of the Golden Age’s stars were still performing, Lisa somehow passed me by at first. Her name kept popping up on internet forums and later social media sites until I finally had my eyes opened what a treasure had been waiting for me all along. For sure I didn’t expect her biography to be the way it was though.
Born an Illinois farmgirl and tomboy, fighting overweight for the most part of her teens and young adult years, Lisa was as unlikely to enter the still relatively young world of professional hardcore porn as any Illinois tomboy farmgirl. With her big red mane (and matching bush), freckled pale skin and auburn eyes she was a redhead right out of the textbook, however, a damn voluptuous one to boot!
In 1978 Lisa finally entered the world of adult entertainment when she and her then boyfriend (who had managed an adult cinema in her native Moline and later also encouraged her to do hardcore porn!) moved to Los Angeles. As Lisa stated in an interview, the high costs of living in L.A. prompted her to look for a job where she would make good money in short time which – of course – led her to nude modelling. From there it took only a short while for her to make the transition to hardcore, first with some shorts and loops for the legendary Swedish Erotica series and then her first role in a feature film which happened to be “800 Fantasy Lane”.
Since Lisa wasn’t terribly experienced in sex it took her a while to get accustomed to the practices on set and although she didn’t exactly have pleasant working surroundings during her first couple of films – she had been ordered by her first director to lose forty pounds and had to live on a diet of “cold hot dogs and cold coffee” – she still came to enjoy her new profession. By around 1980 she had made about twenty movies and despite not fulfilling the pornstar stereotype of being a slim blonde she was one of the first actresses to sign an exclusive contract with Vivid Studios.
In 1981 Lisa garnered her first award and, although never reaching the level of fame that her contemporaries Seka or Veronica Hart had, became one of the most successful pornstars of her time. Although she stated she didn’t exactly live the pornstar life cliché of after-scene orgies and liked classic m/f sex best (well, she actually preferred threesomes with two guys), on screen Lisa was willing to do acts beyond the textbook missionary and did many lesbian, anal and even BDSM scenes at a time when this was still very much considered niche material. On top of that she was a true natural curvalicious beauty with big beautiful tits and an ass that would put her on top of the PAWG world even today.
Although she went on to make more movies and win another three awards, by 1984 her weight problems began to catch up with her. By the mid-eighties Lisa opted for a career break since the industry’s standards had changed both technically – shooting on video was much cheaper and elaborate sets and scripts were considered too expensive – and in terms of acting demands (with only basic scripts acting skills weren’t really necessary anymore, plus you don’t get younger either…). Even though she returned to business in 1985 and churned out about 200 scenes during the course of her career, the mentioned problems would rather become worse and as she approached her 40th birthday Lisa would get fewer and fewer roles. By the early nineties porn had changed so much that the stars from its Golden Age would be considered a thing of the past, including Lisa De Leeuw.
Then, in 1993, news hit the scene that Lisa De Leeuw had died of an Aids-related illness. Apparently she had been a heavy drug user before, so when her management announced her death in November 1993 it didn’t seem all too unlikely to be true. However, rumours kept bubbling up that Lisa had faked her death to make an elegant exit from an industry she no longer felt a part of (plus, other stars like Hyapatia Lee had done just the same only to resurface alive and well later). Former porn director David Jennings claimed her to still be alive in 2000 although a definite answer would never be given.
Whatever happened to Lisa De Leeuw it remains a fact that she definitely was one of the Golden Age’s most original performers and a real treasure that still definitely is worth discovering today!
The Eastern part of Europe has been a reliable source for a steady stream of beautiful and daring pornstars ever since the Iron Curtain fell in 1989. Gorgeous girls like Angelica Bella or Silvia Saint took the porn world by storm, always willing to try out kinkier stuff and seemingly of insatiable sexual appetite. Definitely one of the greatest actresses to come out of that part of the world is is Hungarian beauty Rita Faltoyano who entered the XXX industry at the dawn of the new millennium.
Born Rita Gács in 1978, this beautiful girl came of age just as communism fell apart and the way to the Western society seemed new and exciting. Nevertheless, being the daughter of two very sporty parents she started her serious physical education very early and became a successful equestrian, swimmer and gymnast. She also went on to be a trained nurse (to fulfill another pornstar cliché…) and was encouraged by her parents to take part in beauty pageants. With her tall yet feminine figure, her pretty face and voluptuous curves she seemed well fit for a career in front of the camera…
I myself have to thank the Private corporation – both for their print and digital outlets – because it was one of their magazines that first showed me Rita’s marvellous beauty, her great natural tits, her lovely long hair and her well rounded ass… and of course all that filthy stuff she was willing to do with her body!
After some nude modelling, Rita took the leap to hardcore porn at age 21 in early 2000 when she not only starred in her first film “No Sun No Fun” but also debuted with her first anal, first foursome and first DP! Talk about a head-first start in porn!
In the next couple of years Rita starred in literally hundreds of movies, among them some of the most successful big budget productions of the new millennium like “Faust” and “Cleopatra”. Her distinctive Eastern looks and accompanying willingness to do any kind of nasty stuff soon earned Rita a place among the top performers of her time as well as a rabid fanbase.
Like many pornstars of that special era of early online/ interactive adult entertainment, Rita also got her own “My Plaything” DVD (complete with a “nice” and a “naughty” version!) and kept churning out red hot scenes. Many of those featured her taking as many cocks as possible up her pussy, her lustful mouth and her delightful big ass and she also became a well known foot fetish performer. Regarding her private life, Rita got married to fellow pornstar Tommy Gunn in 2005 although the marriage only lasted a few years (he cheated on her with yet another porn actress, Ashlynn Brooke before officially getting divorced). In 2007, Rita decided to quit porn for good while a number of her scenes were released on compilations as late as 2012.
Nowadays Rita works as an escort in London, so if you got that extra bit of cash on you (we’re talking 500 quids upwards) you could actually get close to one of the biggest porn sensations of the 2000’s… If you can settle for less you might as well follow Rita on Twitter where she rather regularly posts pretty pictures of herself – clothed no less but still pretty…
All in all, Rita Faltoyano remains one of Euro porn’s most prized assets and definitely deserves a spot among the top ten! We love you, Rita, best of luck to you!