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Bill Margold: One of a Kind

Very sad to report that porn legend/historian Bill Margold passed away last week. Click on top pic to read extremely touching remembrance from his friend Brian Sebastian. Do not yet know all circumstances but one particular detail is driving me bananas. At our last meeting (December 2015, I believe) Bill told me exactly what words he wanted on his tombstone. Desired epitaph is eluding me right now and I feel determined to recall it. I had no idea Bill would pass so suddenly or so soon. He and I met on set at one of legendary director Jim Holliday’s productions. Amongst other onscreen appearances Bill and I exchanged a few lines of dialogue in Too Many Blonde Moments (box cover above). Seem to recall that Grand Inquisitor Bill laughed quite appreciatively at a joke I cracked.

Fierce intellect, steel trap memory, warm heart are qualities I most remember in Bill. So glad I visited him in 2015 and wish I had returned again to hear more fascinating and endless anecdotes regarding California porn industry from early 1970s to present. I will miss you, Bill. Please give my regards to Jim when you see him in the Great Beyond.

XO Tanya

 

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Nina Ferrari

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Nina Ferrari and I first met on the set of Babes Illustrated 11. You can see us on the box cover (top pic) flanking beautiful, raven-haired Czech pornstar Nikita Denise. My initial sighting of Nina occurred in the bedroom of the Malibu mansion (middle pic) where we shot our sex scene. She had just entered the XXX industry and looked fresh, radiant, and enthusiastic. Later I learned that she, like so many pornstars of the era, had worked as a stripper for years before venturing into the world of adult videos.

In the short time I knew Nina we did numerous scenes together, including my favorite for legendary director Jim Holliday’s High Desert Dream Girls (scene 6.) Some considered Nina “difficult” but I found her candor and assertiveness to be refreshing, especially in an industry where too many actresses allow production teams to call all the shots and push them into doing sex acts that they had never intended.

Eventually Nina drifted away from the adult film industry while continuing to perform on the feature dance circuit (bottom pic is a promotional flyer from March 2015.) I hope that someday she and I have a chance to reunite for another videotaped encounter!

XO Tanya

 

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Thought this promo pic (featuring Lisa Ann, Anikka Albrite, and unidentified appendage) was funny. The cameraman is not bothering to show any more of the male talent than necessary. Click here for video. Porn icon Ron Jeremy once commented that male porn actors merely function as props for the female stars. Truer words never spoken, especially since the speaker has probably made more money off this industry than most any 1000 female performers combined. Legendary director/producer Jim Holliday long ago assured me that Ron Jeremy will eventually become one of the only pornstars to retire with a million dollars. Ron has found his niche and he exploits it to the hilt. I worked with Ron numerous times during the Jim Holliday era and greatly respect his intelligence, his honesty, and his pragmatism.  He has inspired me to make my female costars look as good as possible. I want to retire with a million dollars stuffed inside my mattress too 😉

XO Tanya

 

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Face from the Past

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Do you recognize this mystery model (top pic)? Look closer. Dayton Raines has resurfaced! When last seen (at least by me) she had blonde hair and more of a teen stripper type of appearance. Guess that description occurs to me because I used to dance with a lot of girls who shared a similar smoking-hot style. Those were good days. Evidently Dayton is now dancing – or is affiliated in some capacity – with a bikini bar here in Southern California. Think I’ve heard of that place but I’ve never been there. Dayton and I appeared together in Scene 8 of Jim Holliday’s Too Many Blonde Moments and also did some Playboy TV shows together. I remember when she had a Vivid Video contract and married pornstar Ian Daniels. Just typed in DaytonRains.com to see what was there – not much as it turns out. Would have thought Vivid  would have a site devoted to her but they don’t. Think Dayton may have been a teenager when she first started doing porn. Always nice to see a familiar face all these years later. Sometimes I ruminate upon my past XXX experiences and wonder: “Where did those people go?” Click here for one of Dayton’s newest videos.

XO Tanya

 

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Ron

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Was just checking my e-mail when a familiar face jumped out of an affiliate newsletter. Always comforting to see that Ron is still in action. I worked with him in a number of Jim Holliday flicks – lots of fun. Also did a layout with him for Hustler magazine. I was feeding him grapes and fried chicken while another model sucked his dick. Hard to conceive of porn without Ron. He actually did a segment with Barbara Walters on The View. F***ing hilarious to see him in the middle of that coffee klatsch. No better emissary from the porn world than Ron. Tremendous moment in television.

XO Tanya

 

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Pornstar

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Just returned from jogging. Whilst jogging I reflected on this post and wondered if my sentiments were too harsh. This type of mental tug of war occurs inside my head all the time: I believe that I have written (or spoken) the truth but then I question whether I should have expressed the notions at all. The problem with being a pornstar, (and every woman who has accepted money in exchange for having sex on film is a pornstar), is that people attack you a lot. In the United States this arises from the fact that our society tends to vilify women who have confidence in their bodies and their sexuality. Every pornstar takes plenty of verbal abuse and each one of us has to react to it somehow. I’ve noticed that many adult actresses resort to claiming that they make highly improbable sums of money, as if this counterbalances anything negative that anyone can say about them. Generally I ignore hecklers, dismiss them with polite indifference, or occasionally resort to pointing out their own inadequacies. When I use the last tactic people often view me as a demon.

I like to take dance classes. One day I ended up with a group of women who made several pointedly rude comments about my breast size and also seemed to be speculating about my profession.  I feigned obliviousness but, for the millionth time, pondered how one of them would have responded if I had made a personal remark about her body, something like: “You would be a lot more attractive if you didn’t have that roll of fat hanging over your underpants.” Shocked silence would have ensued, the target of my attack probably would have blinked back tears, and everyone would have formed a collective opinion of me as a total bitch. What if I had taken it farther? “That huge roll of fat really grosses me out. Don’t you have any pride?” Of course I would not say any of this but people frequently feel free to criticize my appearance and vocation, often insinuating that if I was a “real woman” I would not need breast implants, blonde hair, or a career making pornographic films.

In regard to this post.. I still feel a little squeamish about it but maybe I am just too nice. Any thoughts?

XO Tanya

 

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Floss

 

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Good morning,

Just glanced at my last post from last night and suddenly recalled a video that Carolyn Monroe and I shot for legendary porn director Jim Holliday. He named it Floss in reference to the microscopic, white G-string bikinis we wore in the film. Carolyn and I appear in Scene 9 and, if memory serves me, Allysin Chaines plundered us both anally.

XO Tanya

 

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Carolyn Monroe

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Good evening,

A day or so ago “pw” posted a comment inquiring about my recollections of Carolyn Monroe. She and I first met on the set of Sorority Sex Kittens 5 in 2000. You can see us both – along with my dear, departed friend Jim Holliday – on the back portion of the above box cover. On that very same day, whilst waiting to perform in my 10-girl (or was it 12?) orgy scene – I received a phone call from Ken Kirk of Napali Video. He wanted to book both Carolyn and me for the aptly entitled video Duel of the Busty Blondes. She and I got to know each other much better during the second shoot and began to frequently request one another for girl-girl scenes and refer each other for work. Carolyn had recently returned to the United States from Europe with her husband, an Italian film director. In fact, he directed us in our scene for The Best Night of My Life. Shortly after that he and Carolyn separated. I think she was going through a very rough time. By coincidence she moved into a Van Nuys apartment building which claimed bondage legend Jewell Marceau, custom video cameraman Rick Scott of RBP Studios, bondage director Ted Paramour, and 1970s pornstar Jesse Adams as residents. Carolyn and Jewell became friends but that didn’t last long. They had some type of disagreement which, to my knowledge, never got resolved. Eventually everyone moved out of that building other than possibly Jesse Adams. A number of years passed and Carolyn and I continued to do a lot of shooting together, including Voluptuous #2, Floss, and Too Many Blonde Moments.

Aside from performing for the large porn companies we also did a lot of joint custom videos during the Mike Raffone era. Mention of that subject makes me want to go find some of those videos right now.. I shall return..

XO Tanya

 

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