Thursday, 13 June 2013

Linda Lovelace - "The Queen of Porn"

Linda Lovelace was the first internationally known adult film star whose reputation centred on THAT film "Deep Throat" but opinions are divided on her subsequent claims over the years that she was forced to make porn films by a violent and extremely controlling husband.  So who was she?

    She was born Linda Susan Boreman in the Bronx in New York City on January 10th 1949, where her father was a cop.  She attended good schools and earned a reputation at school as being very chaste with the boys, and as being holier than thou.  She and her family moved away from New York, and her chaste manner changed dramatically as she bore a child at the age of 19.  She met a man called Chuck Traynor, married him and moved back to New York.  This is where it all changed.  She appeared in short films known as "Loops" that appeared in peep show theatres.  She later denied appearing in some but stills proved it was her.  Then she made "Deep Throat" directed by Gerard Damiano which was a huge mainstream success and made her a household name around the world.

    She also made a sequel "Deep Throat 11" and even a soft core film "Linda Lovelace for President" but after this she renounced the adult industry, becoming an anti-porn campaigner.  She eventually divorced Traynor and married another man.  This ended in divorce in 1996 but they remained on good terms. She was involved in a car crash in 1970 and needed a transfusion but was given tainted blood.  Years later it turned into hepatitis and she needed a liver transplant.  She also gave birth to two more children.  Feminist writers such as Andrea Dworkin championed her in their fight against exploitation of women but she felt that they used her, and were never around when she needed help.  She died on April 22nd 2002 at the early age of 53 in Denver, Colorado.

    Linda claimed that she was forced into pornography by Traynor whom she claimed kept a gun pointed at her head.  If she did not do as he ordered, then she was severely beaten.  A claim made was that the film was financed by the Mafia and they kept people in line with guns.  Also that she was paid virtually nothing for the films she made.  There are people who support her claims and there are those who say she was a willing participant.  In that industry, there will always be two sides to an arguement.  The film L.L.F.P. she said was made up, and they spliced in clips not used in "Deep Throat", but if this is untrue, and there are people who say she was a liar, she did not object to showing her wares off in a soft core film.  What do you think?