Whatever Happened to Candy Samples?
Podcast 55

Whatever Happened to Candy Samples? <br />Podcast 55
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Candy Samples was one of the true larger than life figures that lit up the early adult industry.

Whether is it was in black and white cheesecake photo sets from the late 1960s, thousands of magazine appearances, and scores of films – from softcore to hardcore, from loops to catfight wrestling shorts.

She had a mischievous, friendly look that stood out from all the other models. She often played the roles of older women that somehow looked like your mother’s naughty friend, exuding a mysterious sex appeal.

And then there were her breasts. With her formidable physique, she looked like an Amazonian queen; fit, tanned and physically invincible. No wonder she was cast as Chief Nellie in the 1974 science fiction spoof Flesh Gordon, or in the 1979 Russ Meyer film Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens.

Her staggering physique made her an instant favorite, and for many years she toured as an exotic dancer. Somehow she just seemed to get better with age. She developed a huge following that endured right through to her retirement in the late 1980s – and continues today.

After she retired, she remained active – writing columns in the 1990s for magazines like Juggs. And she had an online fan club where she would have chat sessions with fans.

About ten years ago she disappeared from public view just as we were getting curious to learn more about her life. What was it like being one of the people who was there at the birth of the adult industry? And how difficult had been to stay there for so long?

The Rialto Report figured that as she’d been active in the industry for almost 40 years it wouldn’t be difficult to find her. We figured wrong.

We looked for the legendary star and made some surprising discoveries.

This episode’s running time is 45 minutes.

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Candy Samples recommendations

If you want to see more of Candy, head over to the good folks at Something Weird Video and we recommend the following titles:

Dragon Art Theatre Double Feature Vol. 21 Candy’s Cat House / Candy Get Your Gun
Dragon Art Theatre Double Feature Vol. 69 Sex As You Like It
Dragon Art Theatre Double Feature Vol. 150 Million Dollar Mona
Dragon Art Theatre Double Feature Vol. 163 – The Erotic Director
DragonArt Theatre Double Feature Vol. 200 – Mrs. Harrison
Bucky Beaver’s Vol. 225 XXX Porno Superstars
Bucky Beaver’s Vol. 228 XXX Big Bust Loops
and countless other volumes of Bucky Beaver’s Stags Loops and Peeps!

And for soft core fans:
Ensenada Pick-Up
Is There Sex After Marriage
Love Bocaccio Style
Bucky Beaver’s Double Softies Vol. 3 – Window Of Passion
and many many volumes of Big Bust Loops!

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84 Comments

  1. George Chase · October 18, 2015 Reply

    I CANNOT WAIT TO LISTEN TO THIS!!!

    Thank you almighty Rialto Report. You have made me a happy man.

  2. P.J. · October 18, 2015 Reply

    I’m listening to this now and am already touched by Candy. This is a poignant, moving tribute.

  3. Candy Man · October 18, 2015 Reply

    Dear Candy,

    Thank you for everything that you have done in your life. You have brought much happiness to so many people. I hope you are happy – and you sound happy – in your retirement.

    You will always be my favorite model from the vintage years.

    Bless you.

  4. Patrick · October 18, 2015 Reply

    I cannot express my appreciation for the class and style that this interview was done in. Obviously, Candy was having a few memory issues and the questions were either rephrased or just dropped. I wasn’t even thinking this was an interview with a former porn star, but a nice elderly lady reflecting on her younger days. Again, a professional interview — top notch. I’m very proud of the way this was conducted.

    Pat

    • Larry Peters · October 18, 2015 Reply

      I echo Pat’s eloquent comments above. Well said!

      This interview could have been a disaster in lesser hands, but Candy’s warmth shone through and this wasn’t so much an interview with an adult film model/actress but a meditation on growing older and dealing with one’s past. I just thank TRR for having interviewed Candy in such a touching way.

      And as for “Lulu” herself, you are loved and appreciated forever. As you mentioned, you live in the future!

  5. ozzy · October 18, 2015 Reply

    Candy was one of the all time greats. I still have many of her magazines from the 70s with Uschi and some with John Holmes. Classy lady most certainly

  6. Josh Alan Friedman · October 18, 2015 Reply

    Candy was absolutely delightful when we did an episode on her for Midnight Blue and High Times, around 1982. She greeted us from a bubble bath in her suite at the Plaza Hotel. She allowed everyone to examine her boobs, with a great sense of humor. More like a scientific experience than a sexual one. A sweet, marvelous lady.

  7. Dizzy · October 18, 2015 Reply

    Well done to all concerned. This was very moving. Now I’m off to find out why I stifle a tear while listening to a porn podcast.

  8. Roy Karch · October 18, 2015 Reply

    ‘…ol’ trees just get stronger…’ In 1979 I went to work for Gourmet Video Collection both as a producer/director and salesman. One of the best selling videos GVC sold, by far, was the one that starred Candy Samples. We kept it in stock and sold counteless numbers either vhs OR beta; i still have my copy.. Thank you April for one of the best, sweetest, Rialto Reports. Top shelf!

    • April Hall · October 21, 2015 Reply

      Thank you so much Roy!

      • Terry · March 15, 2016 Reply

        That was a great interview whith candy it moved me, but I am happy she still alive, she is my all time favorite star, still to this day I will watch a video or look at internet pictures of her, and smile she was always classy, some people do porn But candy samples did it very classy and very sexy, that broke my heart how all those so call men, stole all of our money, and the lost of her son, thank you for finding her a fan

  9. King Paul Fan · October 18, 2015 Reply

    Candy is a living legend! the Ultimate pin up girl. Like Vanessa Del Rio, Lee Carrol and Serena, Candy did not discriminate. She did a magazine layout with midget porn star Louis Short Stud where they were in a shower together, and Candy had a big smile on her face, great lady.

  10. Percy Dovetonsils · October 18, 2015 Reply

    RR does it again in spades, with one exception:

    ‘After she retired, she remained active – writing columns in the 1990s for magazines like Juggs. ‘

    Surely you must know most actresses had nothing to do with those features under their names.

  11. Thomas Wood · October 18, 2015 Reply

    Can someone pass on to her that she has residuals from SAG outstanding under the name “Mary Gavin”. It may not be much money but it does belong to her.

  12. S. · October 18, 2015 Reply

    Excellent.

    @Dizzy: Some of us are still trying to figure this one out. 🙂

  13. JT · October 18, 2015 Reply

    This one was a bit of a stretch for me.

  14. Howard Roos · October 18, 2015 Reply

    Exceptional. A Rialto interview with Candy ten years ago would’ve been more detail-oriented but this… well, this transcends the porn star interview genre.

    Hearing Candy’s reaction to seeing her old pictures was a special moment in podcasting.

  15. Porfle Popnecker · October 18, 2015 Reply

    This is priceless, and Candy is utterly charming. I’ve been a fan of hers since the mid-70s and am delighted to get to hear this and find that she is happy and well. The interview itself is very well conducted. I was interested to find that, as I suspected, Candy was indeed always older than was widely stated when she was modeling. She was always the epitome of the sexy older woman to me.

    • Good ole days · October 19, 2015 Reply

      There were several other fans that suspected she was born several years earlier than the widely given birth year of 1940. She certainly had “mature” looking face. But the fact the she was born in 1928 and started her career at age 40 and then went on to have a very successful nude modeling and stripping career for 20 years makes it all the more impressive.

      I hope Candy’s remaining years are very happy ones.

  16. Organtitus · October 18, 2015 Reply

    Thank you, this is the podcast I’ve been waiting for!

  17. Steve · October 19, 2015 Reply

    Wow! This is just amazing…what incredible research by the RR. Candy Seems like a Wonderful lady.
    A fabulous update as always – April Hall is a terrific interviewer and has a lovely voice!

  18. MLP · October 19, 2015 Reply

    Thank you so much for your absolutely amazing work with this podcast! I can’t believe you managed to track down and interview both Uschi and now Candy! They both have always been favorites of mine and to listen to them talk about their lives is incredible. Thank you for providing so many informative, well-made, funny and often moving podcasts. You do outstanding and I feel important work and it’s highly appreciated!

  19. rod · October 19, 2015 Reply

    Well done April Hall. It was a great listen. Lots of great information and masterfully orchestrated. Wonderful bonus was hearing that Ms. Hall’s chest compares in form to Candy Sample’s prize winning rack. WOW!

  20. EsotericKnave · October 19, 2015 Reply

    Amazing interview!

  21. Lyle Bowe · October 19, 2015 Reply

    I love Candy Samples and this is a brilliant tribute to her.

    The Rialto Report is essential!

  22. JJ · October 19, 2015 Reply

    Wow!

    Amazing!

    More than amazing!

    You did a fabulous job, April! I loved the whole introduction. It was very informative. Candy laughs a lot!
    You know, there was even a couple of times when I wasn’t even sure who was talking! In parts of the interview, Candy sounded more in the zone, more aware in her memory of what she was talking about that I even mistook her for April.

    I’m sad to hear about her son and angered and shocked at what those husbands and that exploiter did to her.

    It’s interesting that she’s with a fan now. Her story has a similarity to Helga Sven’s. You almost never hear about stars getting into relationships with a fan. Even more so from a porn star and an elderly porn star. It’s sweet and touching. I wonder who the fan is. How old is he? Is he straight?

    • The Rialto Report · October 19, 2015 Reply

      Her friend and caretaker has asked to remain behind the scenes so we’re going to respect his privacy – we’ll just reaffirm that Candy is in good hands!

  23. catherine gigante-brown · October 19, 2015 Reply

    Heartbreakingly beautiful. It was so good to hear April’s sexy/smoky voice again. Her kindness and genuine concern for Candy shone through. How wonderful that you were able to capture Candy’s memories, though fleeting they were, and bring her joy. Her candid, childlike comment to April, “I like you, you’re nice” moved me almost to tears. Thank you for documenting erotic gods and goddesses like Candy before they’re gone. As usual, your choice of music is impeccable. Ending with John Prine’s “Hello In There” was pure genius.

  24. Mark · October 19, 2015 Reply

    Always loved Candy Samples, always will. I always enjoyed her movies, she was classy, sexy, and beautiful, I wish that I could have met her in person just to say “Thanks.”

    I wish her peace in her later years.

  25. Wes · October 20, 2015 Reply

    April,

    You did a very sensitive interview wilt Candy under the circumstances. I am glad to hear a caring fan is her keeper and that she has found peace with God. She had a rough life no one deserves.

    Keep up the great work, Ms. Hall!!!
    😃

  26. James · October 21, 2015 Reply

    Hi April…

    Great interview…Sad to hear about her Alzheimer’s…One thing I wanted to mention…Candy was not in ” Beneath the valley of the Ultravixens “…The busty blond featured in that movie was Ann Marie playing the radio preacher
    Eufaula Roop.
    Keep up the good work…and I’m still hoping for a Leslie Bovee’ interview someday.

    James

    • Percy Dovetonsils · October 25, 2015 Reply

      Actually, she is in the film, though very briefly: she’s the woman being serviced by the salesman in the VW (her face isn’t shown).

      • James · October 26, 2015 Reply

        So she’s not credited or shown…ok then…I guess I can figure out why I missed her…:)

        • David Smith · October 26, 2015 Reply

          According to IMDB, she’s credited as Mary Gavin… a pseudonym she used on many films and in many magazines.

  27. Laurie · October 21, 2015 Reply

    Rialto knocks it outta the park yet again. Each time I think that you can’t better your last feature you keep getting better! If only the DVD reissuers had your intelligence and sensitivity when it comes to this era…

  28. Daboobluva1 · October 23, 2015 Reply

    …you have just made my day!! .. SUPER kudos for finding and talking to the legendary woman who helped me through manhood (smile)… Candy will ALWAYS be my favorite in my heart and I will always love her for it…
    THANK YOU A THOUSAND TIMES

    _daboobluva1

  29. Daboobluva1 · October 23, 2015 Reply

    …been anticipating this for a while, and it finally happened… came out feeling very moved…. not quite a sad story as it was very enlightening… thank you SO much for finally finding this great elusive icon.. much respect for the Rialto Report…

  30. john amero · October 23, 2015 Reply

    hi guys….funny, sad and how mike findlay would have loved this! he was a huge fan of those heavenly honeydews!!

  31. Robert · October 25, 2015 Reply

    April, this was a stunning piece of journalism. Thanks and congratulations to you, Candy, and all involved.

  32. steve doss · October 25, 2015 Reply

    Candy is the best. Hope that she’s well taken care of. She’s a classy lady who’s led a very difficult life. Dementia is a soul-stripper that reduces the mind to ashes.

  33. Lnz · November 4, 2015 Reply

    I saw her show @ the Mitchell brothers theater in San Francisco
    Around 85….had to Polaroids taken with her holding her breasts she was fun to hang out with…..I think I was there all afternoon…..chance and memory of a life time……thanks “candy” nice interview…..compassionately done by the interviewer

  34. Dick Kirby · November 5, 2015 Reply

    This was the greatest work of journalism ever and it puts the mainstream media to total shame. I love Candy and I am so happy that she is being loved and taken care of.

  35. dennis hendrickson · November 11, 2015 Reply

    Thank you so much Ms. Hall for providing a window into the life of Candy Samples. She seems so happy but a little sad, perhaps, as well. Many fans, like me, have wondered about her. There have been so many rumors. Thanks again for an honest picture. Truly an amazing lady. There will never be another like her.

    • April Hall · November 12, 2015 Reply

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Dennis! Candy truly is one-of-a-kind and a gentle, loving soul.

      • dennis · November 13, 2015 Reply

        My pleasure. She always seemed fragile and vulnerable, but, of course, that was a guess. You have helped to understand her at least a bit. She was obviously a physical wonder. Staggering.

        Thanks again.

  36. Dave · November 15, 2015 Reply

    Thank you so much for this wonderful update on Candy Samples’ life! Another classy and professional episode.

    April, I am so envious of you. Keep up the excellent work. Outstanding!

    My first exposure to Candy was an unbelievably exceptional March 1979 pictorial in Hustler magazine. Wow!

    I am so disgusted with the likes of Mr. Romano. I will always hold a special place in my heart for you Miss Candy.

  37. Barry R. · December 5, 2015 Reply

    Thanks April!

    You’ve done a masterful job of tracking down and interviewing Candy. She’s always been one of my favorite adult performers.

    While I am sad to hear she’s suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, I am glad to hear she feels she’s led a wonderful life.

    I was simply gob-smacked to learn she was born in 1928! I actually learned this from her Wikipedia article – which I’ve been checking every so often to see if there was any new info about what she’s been up to since retiring from the industry. While there was no new info, the new birth date made me do a Google search to see if I could find out where the new date came from, which led me here.

    Thanks again!

    • April Hall · December 6, 2015 Reply

      Thank you so much Barry! We updated Candy’s Wikipedia article after the interview to accurately reflect her birthdate – we’re so glad it lead you to her podcast.

      And stay on the look out – we’ll be posting some memories from Candy’s scrapbooks shortly…

  38. Candy is Dandy · December 12, 2015 Reply

    This was a really poignant and compelling podcast with Candy. Thanks for handling it so well.

    Here is more on Candy’s background and other interesting info she couldn’t recall from the great Taschen book “The Big Book of Boobs” which contains and informative interview with her:

    -Her biological father died after getting in poison ivy while under his car working on it. This was before her mother knew she was pregnant with Candy. Candy’s mother went to a home for unwed mothers and had a nervous breakdown and Candy was born premature and weighed under 4 lbs.

    -Her mother was going to give up for adoption, because it was thought as terrible back then to have a child out of wedlock, but couldn’t after seeing her for the first time.

    -Her mother met her stepfather when she was 3 years old.

    -Candy met her first husband when she was in her last year of Art School. They soon married and had a son called Rick (probably born in the early 1950s). Her husband died the car accident when her son was 5 years old.

    She started dancing in LA at the Century Lounge. She retired from dancing in 1985.

    After retiring from her career in adult, she worked as a real estate appraiser and did well with that.

  39. Tom · December 14, 2015 Reply

    Catching up tonight, and oh my. Got to be the first Rialto Report that had me on the verge of tears. As Catherine puts it perfectly in the comment above, heartbreakingly beautiful.

    That she is happy and thriving, Alzheimer’s be damned, more than enough to fill me with goodness in the end. Bless John for doing the work of an angel, selflessly.

    Bless you too April, for handling this interview so caringly. And I concur with masses…your voice is bangin’.

    T.

  40. ```Sharon Kelly````````````````` · December 18, 2015 Reply

    Oh, April, thank you! You were wonderful with Candy, and she deserves nothing less.

    I am so happy that Candy remembered our mutual friend, Dick James. I’ll make sure he gets this link. She says, “I was real square”. Always was, still is!. Candy is the straightest, most lady-like person in the history of the adult industry. When you described how Candy sat on the edge of the sofa with her legs tucked, all leggings and sequins, I could see her clear as day. Attentive, always upbeat, always interested in what the other person had to say.

    Candy married a couple of fans, men who wanted to be with the Sexy Celebrity Candy Samples, the persona, not the actual person Candy is. No one except Candy ever thought that grease ball Pat Romano was a good idea.

    John, whoever you are, thank you for taking care of Candy; she sounds genuinely happy. I’m glad to hear she has a good man in her life.

    • April Hall · December 18, 2015 Reply

      Aw thanks so much Sharon! Candy does deserve the best – she’s a truly lovely woman who hasn’t always had the easiest go of it but has somehow managed to keep a positive outlook. We could all learn a thing or two from her.

      • captain EC · February 5, 2016 Reply

        What a great and classy interview. It’s amazing how in our minds we usually think of women that were in that industry as someone completely different from who they really are. She is just a sweet old lady that if you did not know it would have no idea of her past. And what she did in her eyes was just what she enjoyed and not for any other reason. I thought it was great how she had never really watched her own movies or had those pictures of herself. Which just shows she was the furthest thing from being narcissistic or self centered. Just a sweet lady. So sad to hear of all the bad things thinges that happened to her along the way. But glad she can still laugh like a school girl. God bless her…

  41. Keith J. Crocker · February 10, 2016 Reply

    April, you did a fantastic job interviewing her. You dealt with her perfectly. She seems like a lovely person who had a couple of bad turns in life. Regardless, she has persevered and has no regrets. This was all very sweet and sad (in some ways) but a great piece of historical importance. Great work!

    • April Hall · February 11, 2016 Reply

      Thank you so much for taking the time to listen and to comment Keith!

    • April Hall · February 13, 2016 Reply

      Thank you so much for the kind words Keith!

      • Keith J. Crocker · February 15, 2016 Reply

        April, my pleasure, thank you and Ashley for doing all the great work you do, it’s lots of work doing research of this sort (I should know, my wife is a librarian, she started pre-internet era and I used to have her do lots of work for me during the Exploitation Journal years). And let me say it again, you handled Candy perfectly, it’s tough dealing with older folks whose memory is slipping. One has to be gentle, playful and careful when working with them. I give presentations on Cinema, one of the places I present at is an Alzheimer day clinic so I’ve dealt with clients for over 10 years now, that’s why I was particular touched by this… You did a great, great job!

  42. David · February 10, 2016 Reply

    What an amazing interview. You captured the soul of a person in the twilight of her life and shared it with all of us. I loved hearing her true voice and her laughing. I also liked her response to your question of how she wanted to be remembered “As a good person”. Shouldn’t we all aspire to laughing at life and being good? Her mission was accomplished.

  43. Parker Gabriel · February 22, 2016 Reply

    All I hoped for was a transcription of that podcast.

  44. Michael Machado · February 23, 2016 Reply

    WoW !! I always had a gigantic crush on her as a teenager and adult. Glad she is living well and happy with her life.. She gave so many of us excitement in our own sexual life without even knowing. She without question, is by far THEE brightest biggest star in the industry that was and will ever be.. She was a dream girl everyone dreamed of and pretty much could never forget.. I’m now 54, and would STILL love to meet her.. I hope she lives a long life and stays happy as she seems through this interview.. Thank you so much for letting us listen to her and know that she is still with us… And thank you, you gorgeous women who I’ll never forget from my youth and present..

  45. Matt Reynolds · February 23, 2016 Reply

    What a wonderful interview. I feel uplifted today cause I listened to this. Thank you April for sharing this with us fans. I know now that the world she lived in isn’t what we all think it is. I was saddened to hear her saying how she’s been hurt by some men in the past. I can absolutely identify in a sense what she has gone through. It was a treat to learn she is alive and although she is suffering a bit, that she seems happy and without a doubt, has earned her happiness. She is a legend and I’m not sure if she fully understands what she’s left for us. It has been for me, totally appreciated and will never be forgotten. 27 or 87, she still has a place in my heart and like many other men & women we wish her the best in he life. Not sure if she can read or will any of our comments, but Candy ? You made me smile today, and THAT !! Would get you one gigantic hug from any fan of yours for making us smile. God bless and you did a beautiful job April….

    • April Hall · February 25, 2016 Reply

      What a wonderful comment Matt – we will be sure Candy is made aware of it. We totally agree with you – we don’t think she fully appreciates the value of her legacy. She was and remains a pioneer as well as an incredibly kind and uplifting woman. Thank you so much for listening!

  46. Lamont · March 19, 2016 Reply

    Very nice interview however,
    I wish you would have mentioned that at one point ; when she owned a home in Palm Springs her Mother was with her.
    There were pictures on the Real Candy Samples Site that prove this.
    But again very nice interview of a true
    legend and wonderful woman.

  47. Jeff · July 10, 2016 Reply

    Saw her in person at the New Era in Cleveland years ago and even had a picture taken with her (Egads!). She was my all-time favorite porn star and was my ultimate fantasy when I was a teenager. So sorry to hear about her present condition and I wish her peace.

  48. Cody · July 25, 2016 Reply

    April —- WOW, what a great interview. Sensitive with just the right questions for Candy. Listening to her voice takes me back to a simpler time in America…..Candy’s infectious laugh I still can recall as if it were yesterday. I remember Candy from back in the late 1970s’……first seeing her in magazines and purchasing “loops” of her early work. There was always a special hot, yet sweet down to earth aura about her. Then, it must have been about 1979 I actually saw her in New York City at the ROXY Burlesque house on 44th and Broadway I believe…..I was front row center and told her I wanted to see her backstage after her performance for a chat and some Polaroids….she obliged and I was thrilled to meet her one on one. We chatted, took about five photos, various poses – sitting/standing/laying on a couch etc…..she was as into it and as enthusiastic about the shots as I was!!…I remember one specifically when she told me to stand behind her….then she whispered that I should wrap my arms around her and hold her gorgeous breasts…..Great memories. I had no idea she was in her 80’s…..I always thought she was in her 70s and time to time I would go online inquisitive STILL about this gorgeous icon of that era. Sad to hear that she had a bit of a rough life….I remember seeing that Pat Romano leach with her at a later show in Manhattan……he looked like a bad choice, but we all make them. Her Alzheimers is sad as well, as I am familiar with the disease….my dad had it. She still sounds great and her memory though sketchy still appears sound…..So April, once again thanks for the interview and the update on this fabulous star of my youth.

    • April Hall · August 2, 2016 Reply

      Thank you for such a thoughtful, sweet response Cody. We’re definitely going to make sure Candy reads your comment – she’ll be tickled!

  49. Howard Goldstein · August 27, 2016 Reply

    What a wonderful interview! Candy had curves in places where other women didn’t have places! What a sweet lady, but sad in a way. The years move on so quickly. I wish her good health and happiness!

  50. Dave M. · September 30, 2016 Reply

    I’m 53 yr.s, I don’t remember exactly how I discovered Candy S. or even exactly when, but it was probably in the very late 70’s, And even as a teen I liked voluptous and a bit mature women,I can say for sure I was blown away by her beauty and sensuality.

  51. Kevin Barrett · November 8, 2016 Reply

    Wonderful stuff, great interview with an absolute legend, I remember her very well, she stood out in more than one way! She was one in a million. The interview was very well carried out, sensitive April Hall, very good, thank you from the UK!!

  52. Dave P · December 4, 2016 Reply

    I discovered her in my dad’s sock drawer. A magazine that I used to masturbate to as a very young man. Candy Samples was the inspiration for my first climax. I will never forget that and am truly grateful for this insightful interview that makes her a little more real to me, 40 years later. Thank you.

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