BABY BOOMER CELEBRITY: WHO AM I?

Posted on August 14th, 2010 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Crime,Movies,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg




“I know it when I see it.”

Supreme Court Justice Stewart’s definition of “obscenity.”


What could be more exciting and scandalous? A gorgeous (36D-25-36), wildly enthusiastic, underage XXX star? Of course, no one knew (ha! ha!) I was 15 when I started. You might say I put the “baby” in baby boomer X-movies.

I was living with my mother’s ex-boyfriend who posed as my stepfather and got me false ID. I had the usual experiences growing up in a dysfunctional family: abortion, nervous breakdown, a run-away from home.

But I was an overnight bad girl celebrity, known especially for my first movie What Gets Me Hot! and then Talk Dirty To Me. By the time the feds caught up to me in 1986, I had appeared in over one-hundred “adult” films. Then it hit the fan!

Producers and agents were prosecuted and forced to remove hundreds of thousands of my videotapes from store shelves.  They lost millions but hey, know what I made for all the flicks plus a Penthouse centerfold gig? A measly $35,000. Even a teenager can’t live on that. I spend most of it on rent and drugs. And that black Corvette my boyfriend totaled. I was never charged because as a minor I was legally unable to give what they call “informed consent” (ha! ha! again).

If you want to catch me in my hot pre-legal boomer days, you’ve got to go outside U.S jurisdictions. Or (shoosh…) the Internet, where with a little creative searching you can find my old movies.

I made one film after my eighteenth birthday and sold it for $100,000. By this time, I was trying to become the first “crossover” celebrity to mainstream acting. I never tried to deny my past. As I told Opra: “You can run, but you can’t hide.” I did pretty well. I had parts in Cry-Baby, Blade, Tommyknockers, and Chump Change. For the last one I won a Best Actress Award at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. I’ve made lots of TV appearances including Married With Children, MacGyver, Gilmore Girls, and Will and Grace. I also have a recording career going.

My autobiography in 2003, Underneath It All, made the New York Times bestseller list.

I had my first child in 2007. Yes, I’m married. I’m really a traditional little boomer girl at heart. Answer at end of post.


BOOMERS TRIVIA QUESTIONS


Who of the following were “adult” movie stars?

Holly Golightly
Pussy Galore
Linda Lovelace
Porsche Lynn
Honey Ryder
Tempest Storm

What movie got the first NC-17 warning, was panned by critics as over-the-top sexual sleaze, flopped at the box office, then turned into a home video goldmine and cult classic?

Showgirls
Valley of the Dolls
Adventures of Priscilla
Strippers

BOOMERS IN COMMON: What do these celebrities share?

Don Johnson
Paula Poundstone
Woody Allen

Answers to Boomers Trivia Questions at end of post


THIS DAY IN BABY BOOMER HISTORY


2003 A power outage occurs for ten hours over northeastern North America.

1997 Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is formally sentenced to death.

1995 The first woman to attend the Citadel begins classes.

1994 Baseball great Doc Gooden leaves Betty Ford Center after a rehabilitation stint.

1990 Denver vote for a 1% sales tax to pay for a baseball franchise.

1987 Mark McGwire sets rookie home run record at 39, en route to 49. Was he or wasn’t he at the time?

1980 Democratic Convention in New York City nominates Jimmy Carter.

1973 U.S. ends secret bombing of Cambodia.

1966 First U.S. spaceship to orbit the Moon.

1966 Cleveland Stadium’s first rock concert features the Beatles.

1965 Beatles tape an appearance for the Ed Sullivan Show.

Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” hits #1.


ANSWERS TO BOOMERS TRIVIA QUESTIONS


Miss Traci Lords

Who of the following were “adult” movie stars?

Holly Golightly: a call girl in the book and then the movie Breakfast at Tiffanys, played by Audry Hepburn.
Pussy Galore: a James Bond girl.
Linda Lovelace: the star of Deep Throat and other x-rated movies.
Porsche Lynn: appeared in almost 200 porno films since 1985, she was elected to the Adult Video News Hall of Fame.
Honey Ryder: another James Bond girl.
Tempest Storm: a stripper and that’s all.

Miss Tempest Storm

BOOMERS IN COMMON

All were accused publicly or convicted of sex with minors.

Showgirls is the classic movie that continues to sleaze. United Artists dispatched staffers to theaters to assure that patrons were over 17, a clever marketing ploy to enhance the film. Some critics hail it as one of the worst films ever made, ensuring  its longevity and cult status.




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