When it comes to porn stars and their lives, it is usually expected for them to brake down somewhere down the line and have a huge melt down that’s probably going to be televised since people love these kinds of news. It is no wonder, since the expectation is that many of the porn actors and actresses come from very bad parenting, abuse, drugs and many other bad situations that shaped them in a person that they are now.
Recently during the the final show of David Bertolino’s Golden Age of Adult Cinema series 5 retired porn stars revealed their most deepest secrets, where some of them were quite funny and some of them were quite disturbing. As it goes in the adult industry, you have to be a bit crazy to even get in, let alone have a career and a successful one at that. But regardless of all of their ups and down, they survived and are alive to tell their stories.
One of the stories that Rhonda Jo Petty started off with, was the usual. Abuse. She revealed that back in the 50’s while she was growing up, she had a grandmother that wasn’t a stranger when it came to hitting Rhonda. She said that the way her grandmother was, was a “Leave it to Beaver” type of upbringing. Strict and rules had to be followed, even if it meant being hit upside your head.
She also had a father who was a drug abuser
At the time a drug called double-cross Bennies was in style. Since he was a construction worker, and had to meet the dead-lines, he was strung up on this “speed” type of a drug most of the days. Also he wasn’t a very constructive influence on her, since he had a deal with the biker gang that most of you know as “Hell’s Angels”. They’d bring him some bikes in, so that they would wipe off the serial numbers and re-sell them on the market. Drugs were all over the place also. She even admits that at that time, she started using when she was about 12 years old and her drugs of choice were uppers and downers.
Also, her connection to Charles Manson was intriguing. She lived in Chatsworth, a place where they rented out horses for fun. Spahn’s Ranch was a place where they rode horses, a place near where Manson set up his camp later on. As she explains, he approached the older teens, and never the younger children, but it was obvious that he had a little following going on there at the time. Her mother found out, that at these gatherings there were drugs, so she forbid her to hang out in the vicinity where Manson was.
The other interesting and funny story was, the one Ginger Lynn told about her ending up in jail thanks to Traci Lords. It all started with the scandal that Traci was under aged while she was starting out. Ginger was later on approached by the U.S. Attorney to testify against 64 of adult film producers. She went before the grand jury and all of a sudden, her memory was a bit foggy. Well, the U.S. Attorney didn’t forget about the little mishap, so 5 years later he was charged with willfully subscribing to a false tax return, where she was looking at 6 years of jail time. She didn’t get to go to jail for 6 years, but she did spend over $400,000 on a trial for a crime that she said she was innocent and she got three years of probation with mandatory drug testing.
She was doing fine for 2 years, so she got a pass to go places, so she decided to go to Cannes, where she ran into an old boyfriend – Charlie Sheen. It is the classic case of “wrong place, wrong time” type of a situation. They ended up flying to Vienna, where they partied hard, and with Charlie that means being bad to the bone. So, once she came back, her probation officer got changed and she had to pee in a cup, where she failed the test and ended up going to jail for four months and 17 days, thanks to Traci Lords and Charlie Sheen. Now, Ginger has knowledge in making fire with a pencil, nail clippers, cotton ball and an electrical outlet, all part of the correctional institutes curriculum.
These were just some of the stories that were revealed, besides the ones with the drug abuse and sexual abuse in their childhood. Many of the porn stars back in the golden age of porn were even abused on set, but thanks to stories like these, the rules have changed and adult workers have a better working environment thanks to their predecessors.