The Rialto Report is pleased to announce the formation of The Golden Age Appreciation Fund.
Earlier this year, we did an audio interview with ex-adult film actress, Kay Parker that remains one of our most popular episodes: Kay Parker: Many Lives – Podcast 32
More recently we contacted Kay and learned that she is experiencing financial difficulties which have forced her out of her home. A few months ago she had to move out of her apartment and has effectively been homeless since then, relying on the kindness of friends for a place to stay. She would love to move into a place of her own, but has struggled to collect together enough money for a down payment to cover the first and last month’s rent plus a security deposit. Due to the low-paying nature of her work, she has little hope of coming up with this herself.
Together with Jill Nelson and Mark Murray, we wanted to reach out and invite people to help Kay over this festive season, and see if we can all raise some money to assist her into new housing.
To do this, we have set up The Golden Age Appreciation Fund to highlight Kay’s need, and also make it easy for anyone who wishes to make a donation to her. Together we can help Kay get back into a place of her own.
Please donate to this non-profit initiative – every penny donated to Kay will go directly to her.
We intend to keep this fund drive open over the entire holiday season and it will run until Friday 9th January 2015. Please give anything you can – no donation is too small – and feel free to also leave your message to Kay with the donation. We will ensure that it is all passed on to her.
Thanks so much.
Kay Parker is one of the true legends of adult cinema. In a career that started in 1977 and spanned over a decade, she became one of the industry’s most recognizable and best-loved figures. Since her retirement, Kay has dedicated herself to the welfare of others, working as a freelance New Age metaphysical counselor and writing a book about her spiritual experiences.
From her beginnings in war time Birmingham in England, Kay Parker was introduced to the adult film industry in the mid 1970s by playing small non-sexual roles. It was director Anthony Spinelli who talked her into doing her first sex scene in the 1977 film SexWorld, and Kay was soon one of the leading lights of industry. Kay is perhaps best remembered for her role in the original ‘Taboo‘, where she plays the mother role and is partnered with Mike Ranger, who plays her son Paul Scott, in one of the golden age’s most memorable scenes.
Apart from her film roles, Kay also became a prominent spokesperson for the business – appearing on television, college campuses, and in magazines, passionately defending the rights of the filmmakers and the performers. She is remembered with great fondness and respect by all who worked with her, including such luminaries as Seka, Eric Edwards, and Richard Pacheco.
Kay was recently featured in the book ‘Golden Goddesses’ by Jill Nelson (Bear Manor Media), and interviewed for The Rialto Report podcast – where both her appearances received much positive attention proving that she is still remembered and loved by her many fans.
The Golden Age Appreciation Fund
We would like to highlight Kay’s need, and also make it easy for anyone who wishes to make a donation to her. Together we can help Kay get back into a place of her own.
Please donate – e very penny donated to Kay will go directly to her.
The Golden Age Appreciation Fund is a non-profit initiative, that was established in 2014 to help raise funds for those formerly associated with the golden age adult film industry. It was set up by Mark Murray, Jill Nelson, and Ashley West.
Wonderful actress, I’m sorry to hear about this and will be donating right away. She had meant a huge amount to me over the years.
This is very sad news.
I first saw Kay back in 1978 on screen in Sex World and she remained one of the most classy women to grace the silver screen – in kind of film genre.
I will be honored to be part of this – and kudos to all those involved. Will this find be used for fundraising in the future for other performers? I hope so as I’m sure there are other worthy and needy golden age people.
Good job but… isn’t this a case of history repeating itself?
Let me explain: back in the 70s and 80s, actors were regularly ripped off earning $50 or 100 whilst the distributors earned $$$$. And decades later companies are STILL earning big bucks reissuing these films, by singing the praises of the old performers and ‘payimg tribute’ to them by reissuing the films in Hi-Def etc. ok, So why don’t these reissue companies ‘pay tribute’ in another way and actually GIVE some of the struggling , no-healthcare, poor performers a small amout of the profits? Instead it is the fans that are STILL paying to line the pockets of these companies. Don’t get me wrong, they’re doing a good job with the films – but how about thinking about where the real talent behind your profits comes from?
Rant over – thanks Rialto. Love what you’re doing. I always expect the best, and you don’t disappoint.
Residuals are unheard of in X except for a few millennial superstars. But maybe this will wake up some kind souls to respectful Xmas action. In what is a maverick industry, it is exceedingly difficult to get money men to care for the moneymakers. So what porn needs is an old folks home which would probably pay for itself as a tourist attraction.
A classic cinema safety net is what I’ve been longing for and it’s a heart warming cause to support for this holiday season. KP is originally a Brit from the old country. Would delight in more X transplant stories from across the pond.
I am so sorry to read about Kay Parker’s difficulties. I will definitely make a donation to this fund today. Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.
Kay Parker is one of my all time favorites. The first film I remember seeing her in was 7 Into Snowy. I will send a donation. Thank you Rialto Report for all your great work!
I am so sorry to hear you are going through rough times, I donated the minute I heard as you helped me through so much during my difficult and confusing teenage years so it’s a delight to help you out directly. I’m from Sydney, Australia, I first saw Chorus Call (1978) in my early teens and the moment you removed your dressing gown to reveal your assets to Bethanna remains one of the greatest moments of my life.Often, after a few wines, I love to watch you and Bobby Hollander roaming around New York happily to the joyful song, “Now My Love Found Me” from Chorus Call.
If possible could you send out a regular or the odd e-mail to keep us informed of how you are doing financially or otherwise? I don’t want you slipping under because you had no way of raising funds, I certainly would be happy to help. Maybe just through the Rialto Report but a e-mail from the real Kay would be great.
It’s unrealistic to expect regular updates from people that are that down on their luck. I’ve made a small donation but I don’t expect any reward.
I assure you that the people who run this site are not down on their luck. You have the fundraisers confused with the recipients. It’s winter. We’re all in hibernation. Give it some time.