70s Pornstars - Salute to the Pioneers of Porn
The 1970s was the golden era of adult entertainment. Porn in the 70s was made for the adventure of having sex on camera in a time when adult films were censored and performers did it for the love of fucking instead of money and stardom. The 70s brought us such classic porn stars as Seka, Marilyn Chambers, Vanessa del Rio, Annette Haven, Desiree Cousteau, Kay Parker, Gloria Leonard, Georgina Spelvin, Lisa DeLeeuw, Veronica Hart and many more. The porn pioneers of the 70s shot their sexual encounters on loops and 8mm film.
70s pornstars had their sexual escapades distributed by the likes of the Mitchell Brothers, Swedish Erotica, and Caballero Control Corporation. 1970's porn was before the video age of adult entertainment, usually shot in low budget hotel rooms or borrowed homes in either northern Los Angeles or San Francisco.
Seka, Marilyn Chambers, and Linda Lovelace became household names in the 1970's. They fought public ridicule, court orders, and prudish politicians to enable the sexual revolution to become mainstream. The golden era 70's pornstars blazed the path for 1980's video queens like Ginger Lynn and Amber Lynn, not to mention paving the streets of gold for the Jenna Jameson and Tera Patrick's of the world.
For many, the 1970's meant a calm period in America following the turbulent 1960's. In adult entertainment, 70s pornstars generated an explosion that unleashed the sex age. To put it blunt, the 1970's was the Sex Age in America thanks to the willingness of beautiful women like Seka and Marilyn Chambers to risk everything for the love of porn. Here's more on the top 70s pornstars:
- John Holmes
He was (and still is) the king of porn. The crown was heavy on his head and his fame didn't shelter him from the self-destructive tendencies that ultimately were his downfall. His 13 1/2-inch cock is one of porn's landmarks, a physical monument that Holmes wielded with pride as he blazed a trail that every other man who fucks on camera follows. He was the first male porn superstar and he remains the most famous male porn performer ever. He played porn's first continuing character, Johnny Wadd - a hardboiled, hardcore detective who scored with every chick who crossed his path, and he made hundreds of other films. Holmes was a gangly, skinny man who came across as non-threatening with a crooked, warm smile, and audiences just couldn't get enough of his work. He wasn't a pretty guy and that bonded him with viewers who wanted to fuck in their fantasies through his big cock. It is hardly a surprise that the mainstream's most successful movie about adult, Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 Boogie Nights, was loosely based on Holmes. Holmes was a chronic liar, but one who used his real name in his movies, as he was proud of them. Big cocks come and go, but 13 years after his death from AIDS, Holmes' continues to tower above all the rest.
Before other girls known only by one name, there was Seka, the platinum blonde who blazed onto the screen in the late-'70s, made the golden age of the industry shine and was one of the first real superstars of the adult industry who people asked for by name. Her scenes, particularly with the late John Holmes, burned her into the memory of adult aficionados everywhere, with such titles as Caballero Video's Swedish Erotica series, and Inside Seka. The AVN Hall of Famer also stood out in her titles with John Holmes, which includes Bob Chinn's Blonde Fire and Angel in Mr. Holmes. While most names in adult are forgotten in six months, Seka's name lives on. When one thinks of 70s porn or 70s pornstars the name Seka is always at the top of the list.
Marilyn Chambers Videos
One of the main figureheads of the '70s Golden Age, Marilyn Chambers made her first impression in the Mitchell Brothers' classic 1972 film Behind The Green Door, following that dialogue-less performance with an impressive acting performance in The Resurrection of Eve the next year. These porn performances contrasted with the pert-young-mother image she projected on the box of Ivory Snow that she had posed for as a model a while before, leading an embarrassed Procter & Gamble to redesign the box with an illustration. In the afterglow of porno chic she appeared in such mainstream B-movies as Rabid, directed by David Cronenberg, and The Angel of H.E.A.T., but she kept working in adult as well, and surprised many people by signing a VCA contract in 1998, making Still Insatiable, Dark Chambers and Edge Play with fellow Golden Age performer, now director, Veronica Hart.
Vanessa Del Rio Videos
Back in the day, the first - and still the best known - Latina porn queen, voluptuous Vanessa del Rio, set the standard for female on-camera nastiness. Few performers to this day can capture the raw animal heat that wafted off the super-sultry half Puerto Rican/half Cuban bombshell. Maybe because this was one smut slut who actually loved her work. Asked if she enjoyed doing porn, she answered, "Are you serious? Didn't I look like I was enjoying it, huh? What a dumb question! Twelve years of sucking cock and stretching my mouth til my features were distorted and my eyes rolled back in my head and you ask me if I enjoyed it?" Even though del Rio retired in the mid-1980s due to her fear of contracting AIDS, she remains immensely popular - a tribute to her trailblazing impact. Of her close to 200 titles, she names as her favorites her very first porno - 1974's China Doll - plus Filthy Rich, Dracula Exotic, the Dancers, Pink Ladies and Deep Inside Vanessa. She also appeared in such classics as Babylon Pink, Her Name Was Lisa and Devil in Miss Jones 3. Del Rio was - and remains - the embodiment of lust.
Mitchell - Sharon
She prefers a "Miss" at the front - has a career spanning almost 25 years in the adult video industry, winning AVN's first Best Actress - Film award in 1983, but perhaps her most important work has been accomplished since she retired from on-camera sex work nearly three years ago. It was Mitchell who, in 1998, worked tirelessly to trace the source of an HIV infection that threatened to sweep through the adult industry, and which could have signaled the end of adult video as we know it. Working at that time under the auspices of Protecting Adult Welfare, Mitchell broke away from that organization and formed the Adult Industry Medical (AIM) Foundation, which now performs the majority of the HIV testing in the industry.
The Linda Lovelace Video
Thirty years after Deep Throat made her the first female porn star, Linda Lovelace remains among the most well known names in adult film history. Her starring role in the Gerard Damiano classic made her an instant celebrity; she was the world's first porn star and an emblem of '70s porno chic. Almost overnight, she went from the shady, illegal world of early New York underground loops to appearing on talk shows and making the scene at the Playboy Mansion; as documented in Eric Danville's recent book The Complete Linda Lovelace, she became a part of the American pop culture lexicon. During her porn heyday, Lovelace soaked up the limelight as a self-proclaimed nympho, but her 1979 book Ordeal presented a radically different version of events. Stating that she was the victim of coercion and abuse at the hands of manager Chuck Traynor, Lovelace emerged as one of porn's most outspoken opponents. She testified against the industry and followed Ordeal with another memoir, Out of Bondage. Though Lovelace remains firm in her anti-porn stance, she did pose for a layout in the January 2001 issue of Leg Show... go figure.
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Amber Lynn Angel Cash Angela Baron Annette Haven Annie Sprinkle Barbara Dare Bridgette Monet Buffy Davis Bunny Bleu Candida Royalle
Candie Evans Carol Cummings Cara Lott Christy Canyon Colleen Brennan Connie Peters Danielle Desiree Cousteau Desiree Lane
Desiree West Dorothy LeMay Erica Boyer Georgina Spelvin Gina Carrera Ginger Lynn Gloria Leonard Hillary Summers Honey Wilder
Janey Robbins Jessie St. James Joanna Storm John Holmes Juliet Anderson Kandi Barbour Karen Summer Kay Parker Keisha Kelly Nichols
Kitten Natividad Krista Lane Kristara Barrington Leslie Bovee Lili Marlene Linda Wong Lisa DeLeeuw Little Oral Annie Lois Ayres Mai Lin
Marilyn Chambers Megan Leigh Nina Hartley Rhonda Jo Petty Robin Cannes Samantha Fox Seka Serena Sharon Kane Sharon Mitchell
Sharon Thorpe Stacey Donovan Sue Nero Taija Rae Tara Aire Tiffany Clark Tracey Adams Vanessa Del Rio Veronica Hart Victoria Paris