Porn Studies > Porn Actresses
Linda Susan Boreman, better known by her stage name Linda Lovelace (January 10, 1949 –
April 22, 2002), was a pornographic actress in the 1972 film Deep Throat. The movie was
notable for popularizing oral sex and beginning a brief fad of porn chic; it was also the
inspiration for Bob Woodward's name of his secret Watergate source. Lovelace later stated
that she regretted her porn movie career; she repudiated her stage name, and reverted to
using her real name in public. Despite this fact, she has become a cultural icon,
appearing in archive footage in many other films.
Although she later became an advocate against pornography, Lovelace is still famous for her depictions of deep throat fellatio. While she continued to use the Lovelace name for commercial purposes, the first sentence of Lovelace's book, Ordeal, and a statement she repeated for the rest of her life, was "My name is not Linda Lovelace."
Linda Lovelace attended Catholic schools, including St. John the Baptist in Yonkers, New York and Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale, New York. Her father was a policeman. Since an early age, she was subject to strict dicipline from her mother, a devout Roman Catholic who punished Linda for any act of misbehavior. When Lovelace was 16, the family moved to Florida.
While in Florida, Lovelace met Chuck Traynor, her future husband and agent in 1969. The couple moved back to New York that same year. Before achieving fame, Lovelace starred in a bestiality film in 1969 film called Dogarama. She later attempted to deny this fact, only to have several of the 8 mm "loops" become available to prove otherwise.
Lovelace made several other hard core "stag" short features and then starred in Deep Throat, perhaps the most financially successful porn movie ever. After becoming famous she starred in several soft core movies, which were financial flops. Lovelace maintained that she herself was not paid for her work in Deep Throat and that her husband received only $1,250 (1972 US dollars) for it.
Due to the success of Deep Throat, she appeared in Playboy, Bachelor, and Esquire between 1973 and 1974.
In January 1974, Lovelace was arrested for drug possession, specifically for cocaine and amphetamines.
In 1974, Linda Lovelace published two pro-pornography biographies. In her later suit to divorce Traynor, she claimed that Traynor had forced her into pornography at gunpoint and that in Deep Throat itself, bruises from his beatings can be seen on her legs. Traynor would go on to marry and guide the career of Marilyn Chambers, another major porn star. According to Linda's controversial 1980 autobiography Ordeal, the couple's relationship was plagued by violence, rape, prostitution and private pornography. Assertions made in the book have been contested, particularly ones of rape and threats of violence at gunpoint.
In 1974, Lovelace married Larry Marchiano and they had two children, Domnic in 1977 and Lindsay in 1980.
In the early 1980's, Lovelace joined the feminist movement as led by Andrea Dworkin, Catharine MacKinnon and Gloria Steinem. In 1986, she published Out of Bondage, which focuses on her life after 1974. In reaction to her effort to leave her career in the porn movie industry behind, Hart Williams coined the term "Linda Syndrome".
Linda Lovelace testified before the 1986 Meese Commission on Pornography, claiming "When you see the movie Deep Throat, you are watching me being raped. It is a crime that movie is still showing; there was a gun to my head the entire time." Following Lovelace's testimony for the Meese Commission, Lovelace gave lectures on college campuses and elsewhere, decrying what she described as callous and exploitative practices of the pornography industry.
In 1996, Lovelace divorced Larry Marchiano. In 2000, she was featured on the E! Entertainment Network's E! True Hollywood Story.
In 2001, Linda did a pictorial, as Linda Lovelace, for the magazine Leg Show. She contended that she didn't object to this because "there's nothing wrong with looking sexy as long as it's done with taste." Subsequently, Hustler named her the "Asshole of the Month" for March 2001.
On April 3, 2002, Linda Lovelace suffered massive trauma and internal injuries in a car accident. She had been in the hospital since losing control of her car, which rolled twice. On April 22, 2002 she was taken off life support and died in Denver, Colorado. Her ex-husband, Larry Marchiano, and their two adult children were at the hospital when she died.
Copyright © 2005 - 2011 pornstudies.net