In 2005 The Rialto Report founders, Ashley West and April Hall, had the privilege of accompanying C.J. Laing to the annual AVN awards ceremony in Las Vegas where she was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame.
Here are a selection of photos from that evening, including the moment C.J. met Behind the Green Door star Johnnie Keyes (shown above).
From C.J. Laing’s Wikipedia page:
C.J. Laing (born August 1, 1956) is a former American adult-entertainment performer, appearing in films during the 1970s. She is a member of the AVN Hall of Fame and the XRCO Hall of Fame.
C.J. Laing, a native of New York, was living in San Francisco. A fan of 1970s San Francisco music, she hitchhiked there and stayed in a communal house with the Angels of Light. To earn extra money, she auditioned for the Mitchell Brothers and appeared in a “loop” as part of the series “Juke Joint.” In New York, the Mitchell Brothers introduced her to the Buckley Brothers who cast her in her first feature film with Jamie Gillis in 1974 under the name Gwen Starr.
Laing appeared in over 50 films and “loops” during the 1970s and is best known for her roles in Anyone But My Husband and Barbara Broadcast.
Laing is quoted in Time Magazine as saying: “I purposely would not act, I despised the people in these films that said they were actors. I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me! This is about fucking and sucking!'”
During the late 1970s, Laing performed live shows at the Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theatre and other theaters owned by the Mitchell Brothers. Her last film was New York City Woman in 1979.
Laing was inducted into the X-Rated Critics Organization Hall of Fame as a “Film Pioneer.” In 2005, she was also inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame as “one of the most exciting stars of the so-called Golden Age of porn” and as “an energetic performer who turned in some of the strongest performances of her time.”
C.J. Laing photographs:
The Rialto Report’s April Hall poses with C.J.’s award. A girl can dream, can’t she?
And here is C.J.’s pictorial from the April 1977 issue of Cheri magazine. Surely proof that some people never age…
WOW SHE STILL LOOKS GREAT AFTER ALL THESE YEAR!!!!
April you look great, once again.
And C.J., well she’s evergreen. Great that you guys are pals.
I saw CJ live at the Aragon Ballroom i Chicago in the 70″s. She looks
the same. Amazing!
I saw CJ live at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago in the 70’s. She looks the same. AMAZING!
She still looks amazing. She’s always been a beautiful woman who never received her due. How about an interview with her?
What a pro! She’s the best all time porn star!!!
I just watched “Anyone but my husband” then this article popped up. It’s a good little movie. With extra original footage. So once again thanks for some great storytelling. Peace ✌, sincerely Philip