imyeyes-banner-sqIn My EyesBy Edward B. Antonio

Porn talk these COVID-19 days

There is a public market where some vendors openly display porn DVDs, open to the eyes of everyone, fellas. I saw this myself when I went there to buy some face masks and face shields.

There are foreign and local porn DVDs there, fellas.

I do not abhor the business, but what I don’t like is the explicit display of the items. Now that we are looming to go back to more strict quarantine protocols these COVID-19, the tendency is that people confined in their homes, especially the young, have the tendency to go on “porn trip” by either watching online or via the DVDs they could buy from these stalls.

This vendor’s porn stocks are displayed at the farthest left part of his display stall. The last queue of DVDs there are all porn DVDs. The porn star names are big: Jenna Jameson, Ashlynn Brooke and Aubrey Adams and Tori Welles to name few. I also saw a version of the blockbuster porn hit Taboo.

Which made me think: What have happened to these porn stars these years? These porn stars became popular in the 80s and 90s and that’s approximately 30 to 40 years ago. If they are still alive, they are now ageing, probably in their 60s or 70s already.

In the 80s, local soft porn stars like Pepsi Paloma, Sarsi Emmanuel and Lala Montelibano lorded it over the silver screen. All of them ended either broke or dead. In one of the TV appearances of a certain porn star with the screen name Madrigal, she openly wept of her fortune, how she was taken advantage of (financially and sexually) and then dumped like a rotten potato. Pepsi Paloma’s death is surrounded by controversy with news that prior to her death, she was allegedly molested and raped by 3 popular comedian-actors.

I still wonder what became to many of them. I overheard from one of my friends that the late George Estregan, famous for his dramatic and action roles, turned porn star during his last days and allegedly died of AIDS. I wonder how many women he did infect before he died!

Well, I was able to research to what happened to 3 of the biggest stars in the porno industry, fellas: Marilyn Chambers, Linda Lovelace and John Holmes.

 Marilyn Chambers had once been the Ivory Snow girl, then started her porn career, to the surprise of many in the film industry. She was a star in many films and actually said she enjoyed her career and was able to live out her fantasies during it. She was 56 years old when she died, and investigators are still determining the cause, according to conflicting reports.

Chambers fame came from a film called Behind the Green Door. It gave Chambers notoriety and brought crowds from everywhere to indulge fantasies as well perhaps. Many people were stunned to see a white woman having sex on the screen with a black man. In the 1980’s she was arrested for dancing nude in a club in California. She declared during the course of her career that she had wanted substantive movie roles, but no one would hire her after her porn films.

The death of Chambers recently brings to mind another short and tragic life of a porn star from the same 1970’s era. Linda Lovelace starred in a film Deep Throat. The title opened up the curiosity in Vice President Spiro Agnew, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Ed McMahon that accordingly, they lined up to get private showings. Jack Nicholson, on the other hand, had particularly cryptic comments after seeing the film. Lovelace starred in the film with John Holmes. The film was said to have had ten million viewers and to have made $600 million. Lovelace later wrote an autobiography in which she repudiated her past; she died at the age of 53.

John Holmes later became seriously involved in drugs. He turned to prostituting both himself and a girlfriend Dawn Schiller. Later he became involved in the “Wonderland Murders” a gangland killing since he had a close relationship with a drug dealer by the name of Eddie Nash who was the kingpin involved. He died of AIDs in 1988 at the age of 43, declaring that he had sex with thousands of women and was reported to have made 2500 films.

Marilyn Chambers, Linda Lovelace and John Holmes did not reach 60 years of living, fellas. They all died unhappily.

Some of the big names suffered the same fate.

The following porn stars tested positive for HIV: Caroline, Brooke Ashley and Tricia Devereaux. Veteran male performer Marc Wallice is widely thought to be the source of infection for everyone in 1998 and possibly Nena Cherry, Jordan McKnight and French girls Delfin and Barbara Doll. In 1999, Tony Montana and a Florida female performer tested HIV positive. On January 18, 2000, Niki Lae tested HIV positive.

On February 4, 1998, during a talent meeting, Tricia Devereaux told her peers that she had tested HIV positive in early January. Then Sharon Mitchell told the crowd of 200 that virtually everybody had been exposed to the HIV virus. On March 27, Brooke Ashley tested HIV positive after she worked with Wallice. In early April, Caroline tested HIV positive followed by Wallice April 30. Wallice’s test revealed that he had probably been HIV positive for a year or so.

On May 29, Kimberly Jade tested HIV positive. Other Porn stars who had or have HIV were John Holmes, R.J. Reynolds, Wade Nichols (shot himself in 1985 while dying of AIDS) and Marc Stevens. Wade Nichols and Chuck Vincent died of AIDS in the mid to late ’80s. Lisa (Trego) De Leeuw died of AIDS at age 35 on November 11, 1993.

A porn performer named Dusty disappeared in November 1992 and is widely thought to have tested HIV positive. Carrie Morgan left the industry in Spring 1993 for similar reason. France’s Barbara Doll left in April 1995. Porn diva Lolo Ferrari was especially well-known for her huge breasts and the fact that she always wanted to have even larger – until plastic surgeons refused to perform any more surgeries on her. In 2000, 37-year old Lola was suffocated at her home. The main suspect was her husband but he was never convicted because of the lack of evidence.

Porn actor Andrew Grande died in a really bizarre way. Because he was disturbing the public peace and quiet, his neighbors called the police. When the police arrived, Andrew panicked because he had a bag of marijuana at his place and he couldn’t remember to do anything smarter than to swallow the bag. When the police persuaded him to try and spit out the bag, he choked with it and died of suffocation.

Camilla de Castro committed suicide according to official police reports – she supposedly threw herself naked off the balcony on the 8th floor. The fans of the porn star doubted that she really committed suicide, because she was very happy in the last few weeks before her death – besides the engagement she also announced that she will host her own TV show. The experts suspected that she looked (too) happy before her death and that she must have been taking drugs because of her uncontrollable behavior.

Taylor Summers, a Canadian porn star, died in a cruel and bizarre way – her body was found a month later by the river, wrapped in a black cloth and full of stab wounds. Taylor, who was especially famous for her fetish porn movies, moved in dubious circles, which also cost her life at the end. She was killed by photographer Anthony Frederick, who stabbed Taylor after she found out that he doesn’t intend to pay her for the shooting.

Felicia Tang Lee died in a very painful way, according to the police and coroners. Many injuries were found on her bodies which proved that she suffered greatly before her death – but nobody knows exactly what happened, including her partner Brian Lee Random, who reported her death to the police and was also the only suspect for her murder.

Porn star Savannah’s bizarre end came in 1994. She and her friend were returning from a party in a drunken state and had a car accident, which they survived without any serious consequences and drove home. Savannah’s friend then went to estimate the damage on the car, but as soon as she was alone, she committed a suicide with a gun. People close to her said that the actress was depressive for quite some time and the scars on her face that she got in the accident, pushed her over the edge.

Stephen Clancy Hill died like they do in movies. After he injured several of his co-actors with a samurai sword, he escaped to the mountains before the police could catch him and found a refuge on a mountain shelf. The police soon found him but when they tried to disable him with an electroshock, he fell in the abyss and died.

The list is long, fellas.

While new porn stars appear every now and then, one thing is conclusive: none of them will live happily ever after. Porn is akin to sadness and early death â—Ź