From the golden era of celluloid porn to the modern day Internet superstars, here are ten female porn stars who will be remembered for many, many years to come.
10. Katie Morgan
Unlike many entrants on this list who seemed to have a passion for the industry, Katie Morgan shot her first scene in order to pay for bail after being arrested for transporting over 100 pounds of marijuana from Mexico to the United States. Her first scene was in Ed Powers ‘Dirty Debutantes 197’, before she went on to work for other companies such as Adam & Eve, Hustler Video, Wicked Pictures and Penthouse Pictures. Starring in over 268 productions, Morgan branched out into radio hosting, co-hosting ‘The Wanker Show’ on internet radio station KSEXradio.com. Unofficially retiring from the industry, she made a guest appearance on the HBO show ‘Entourage’ as herself as well as a small cameo in the Kevin Smith comedy ‘ Zack and Miri Make a Porno’.
9. Linda Lovelace
Linda Lovelace is perhaps the most widely know adult star thanks to her lead role in the 1972 movie ‘Deep Throat’. The film is iconic for being the first pornographic movie to gain mainstream recognition for its relatively high production values, plot and character development. It has been estimated it grossed between $100 and $600 million on a budget of less than $50,000. Playing for over 10 years in the Pussycat Theatre chain, Lovelace did a variety of promotions, including leaving her handprints in the concrete outside the Hollywood branch. Eight years after the release of the film, Lovelace had a complete reversal of opinion towards the industry and became one of its biggest opponents. She spoke in front of feminist groups, colleges and government hearings, stating she had been coerced and even beaten. After suffering a car accident in 2002, Lovelace suffered massive trauma and internal injuries. Less than 3 weeks later, she was taken off life support at the age of 53.
8. Tori Black
The youngest star on our list, Tori Black’s first scene was a solo shaving video for the Score Group before she moved onto her first anal scene in the 2009 movie ‘Interactive Sex with Tori Black’ and a double penetration in the sequel, ‘Tori Black is Pretty Filthy 2’. Black was an instant success and became the first person to win the AVN Female Performer of the Year twice in back-to-back years. Starring in over 380 movies (and directing one of them), Black has quickly made a name for herself, with both CNBC and Complex listing her as one of the top porn-stars still in the business.
7. Sasha Grey
Sasha Grey entered the industry soon after turning 18 and promptly appeared in an orgy scene. For her role she was nominated for ‘Best Group Scene’ at the AVN Adult Movie Awards. Less than 6 months in the industry, she was quickly flagged as the biggest up-and-comer and was a hot commodity, appearing as Penthouse’s Pet of the Month in July 2007. In 2008, she became the youngest person to ever win the AVN ‘Female Performer of the Year’. Her career has been described by the New York Times as being ‘distinguished’ and she was listed as amongst the top 12 porn stars in the business. Grey retired in 2011 to focus on her careers in modelling, mainstream acting, music and even erotica novels.
6. Jesse Jane
Jesse Jane started life as a military brat, growing up on a variety of military bases across Midwestern United States. Wanting to enter the industry, she contacted Digital Playground and was quickly signed to an exclusive contract, making her debut in ‘No Limits’. Proving a popular performer, Jane garnered a number of award nominations and even a line of sex toys. Seeing potential in her hosting ability, Playboy TV hired her, along with Kirsten Price, for their most popular live show ‘Night Calls’. She has taken her hosting abilities to the next level and continues to host a number of industry award shows. Since 2007, she has been a sex columnist for Australian men’s magazine ‘Ralph’, dishing out advice to readers for their dating and sex life.
5. Jenna Haze
Jenna Haze first took to the stage in 2001 and was soon signed to an exclusive 4 year deal with Jill Kelly Productions. With an industry cameraman as her boyfriend, Haze performed almost exclusively with women until 2006. Her film work has won her a number of achievements including Best Solo Sex Scene, Best New Starlet and Female Performer of the Year. In 2009, she launched her own production company Jennaration X Studios where she was both the director and performer in all her own films. Haze made two small appearances in mainstream films ‘Crank: High Voltage’ (as a porn star on strike) and teen comedy ‘Superbad’ (as Vagtastic Voyage Girl #2). She hasn’t shot a scene since April 2011 but continues to produce and direct films, with the possibility of stepping in front of the lens in the future.
4. Bree Olson
Taking the name of her best friend and her love of the Olsen Twins, Bree Olson entered the adult industry in 2006, working for a variety of companies including Digital Playground, Elegant Angel, and Red Light District Video. Appearing in over 280 films, Olson has been Penthouse Pet of the Month, appeared on the cover of both ‘Hustler’ & ‘Playboy’ and has been named by Maxim Magazine one of the hottest porn stars ever. Olson soon branched out into more mainstream media, starring on ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ – as a babysitter who was promptly fired for her lack of appropriate attire – and she’s even made appearances on ‘Oprah’, ‘The Howard Stern Show’ and in a music video for Flo’ Rida. More recently, Olson was living with Charlie Sheen during his infamous meltdown and he described her as one of his ‘goddesses’. Despite retiring from the industry in 2011, she hasn’t completely marked out the possibility of a comeback.
3. Janine Lindemulder
Modelling for ‘Penthouse’, Janine Lindemulder made her debut in December 1987 as the Pet of the Month. Her appearance in the Penthouse video ‘Penthouse Satin & Lace’ opened up the door for her initial debut two years later before she joined Vivid Video as an exclusive ‘contract girl’. Her first video for the company was titled ‘Parlour Games’, which was then followed by another fifty films. With fellow actress Julia Ann, the duo began exotic dancing under the name ‘Blondage’. The two headlined many videos for Vivid which were all very well received. Lindemulder took a brief retirement lasting for five years beginning in 1999 to pursue a career as a kindergarten teacher and to raise her children. A homemade sex-video with Motley Crew member Vince Neil was ‘leaked’ before being commercially released.
2. Traci Lords
Traci Lords instigated the biggest scandal in pornographic history. Lords entered the business at just 15 using a fake ID and initially landed a job as a nude model. After being featured in a 1984 edition of ‘Penthouse’, Lords quickly became one of the most sought after pornstars of the era, appearing in dozens of films over the next two years. Three weeks after her 18th birthday, authorities discovered she was underage when she appeared in her past 75 films. The owners of her agency were quickly arrested. Investigators discovered Lords had supplied producers with fake IDs and passports, effectively clearing them of knowingly distributing child porn. All video rental shops and adult theatres were forced to remove all her old videos from sale, costing the industry millions. Lords then tried to enter the mainstream with a stream of B-movie hits and a few guest spots on TV shows such as ‘Married…With Children’. Her debut music album, ‘1000 Fires’, received positive reviews but failed to make a big impact, with Lords claiming it was ‘ahead of its time’.
1. Jenna Jameson
After starting her career as an exotic dancer earning $2,000 per night, Jenna Jameson moved into the porn business aged 19. She soon began earning millions. Her first film appearances were mostly lesbian, with Jameson commenting “it was easy and natural. Then they offered me lots of money to do boy-girl” Her first big budget production occurred in 1995 with ‘Blue Movie’. An instant success, Jameson won three awards for her performance, including Best New Starlet. Earning $60,000 for a day and a half of filming, Jameson soon set up her own internet company, ClubJenna. One of the first pornographic sites to provide more than just pictures and films, it offered explicit diary entries, relationship advice and even stock tips. The site was profitable in less than three weeks and its original productions were grossing over $1 million in sales. By 2005, the site was reporting revenues in excess of $30 million. Despite having retired from the industry in 2008, Jameson has capitalised on her image for merchandise, releasing fleshlights, sex toys, an anatomically correct action figure, a sex simulation video game and her own telephone ‘moan tones’.