In 1983, the New York adult film magazine luminary Peter Wolff sent a note to photographer Bobby Hanson.
Wolff had edited a number of men’s magazines since the early 1970s, most notably Cheri, and was now occupied with his publication Adult Cinema Review – using the pseudonym, Boz Crawford.
Wolff had heard that Roberta Findlay and her partner Walter Sear had flown West Coast starlets Shauna Grant and Rhonda Jo Petty into New York for a short series of adult films.
He’d agreed with Findlay that if he was given free access to the set to take pictures during rehearsals and between takes, he would run a pictorial in his magazine to publicize the films.
But Wolff wanted more than just publicity photos: his instructions to Hanson were clear in a note to the photographer that stated: “I don’t just want a series of pictures that show sex on set. Go further. Get me stuff showing the performers off-guard, candid, rehearsing, or just posing for the camera. I want an impressionistic portrayal of life in adult films. Show me the boredom, exhibitionism, sexual tension! Give me the reality of this surreal world!”
Hanson accepted the job and was on set for the film Glitter (1983). His pictures have been unpublished for over 30 years. They were recently recovered and are presented here for the first time. They reflect the dirt and scratches of having been neglected for decades.
With thanks to Roberta Findlay for the one-sheet artwork.
‘Glitter’ – Making the One-Sheet
Scene 1 – Tish Ambrose and Jerry Butler
Scene 2 – Rhonda Jo Petty and Michael Knight
Michael Knight (left) and Rhonda Jo Petty (right)
Scene 3 – Jerry Butler, Shauna Grant, Michael Knight
Jerry Butler (left) and Michael Knight (right)
Scene 4 – Marlene Willoughby
Scene 5 – Alexis X, Athena Star, Michael Knight
Alexis X (left), Michael Knight (center), Athena Star (right)
Scene 6 – Kelly Nichols and Michael Knight
Scene 7 – Shauna Grant, Tiffany Clark and Jerry Butler
Scene 8 – Shauna Grant and Jerry Butler
Scene 9 – Shauna Grant and Jerry Butler
Roberta Findlay shoots Jerry Butler
Always entertaining, always illuminating, always real.
And my, does Tish look as cute as a button here!
Was Kelly Nichols the most beautiful woman who appeared in adult films…? This certainly provides evidence for the case.
No, Annette Haven 🙂 still Kelly Nichols is a lovely woman.
Happy Sunday – it’s Rialto Day!
Seriously what happened to Michael Knight……..? He had the looks, charisma and acting chops to have been a contender, no?
Waking up Sunday morning to see rare photos of Ms. Shauna Grant. Nothing could be better. Thanks RR.
Not one of Ms. Findlay’s best efforts but it is nonetheless great to see these ‘rescued’ pics bringing the past back into present day focus again. Hard to believe this was over 30 (!!!!!) year ago. Where does the time go?
Can we expect a Rhonda Jo podcast soon?
Glitter was one of Roberta’s better movies.
Shauna Grant was a beautiful pin-up, but was much more suited for print than on film.
Seasoned Pros Kelly, Tish and Marlene steal the show away from the much lamented Ms. Grant.
I agree with the above poster that Michael Knight – he should’ve been a bigger star. He was well-equipped in every way needed in the biz back then.
I had the pleasure to work with Trish ,she was a darling on the set and away from it
Beautiful look behind the scenes. Shauna was so lovely…what a shame, what a loss. Good also to see Jerry Butler in his prime.
The Scene 8 images of Shauna Grant are the most tender that I’ve seen. They belie what was going on in her world and the tragedy that was too shortly coming.
oops..forgot that Sunday around here means The Rialto Report!
As always, another great glimpse behind the (slightly soiled) curtain.
Thanks much for digging these up and posting. These make me wish there was a vault somewhere of ‘Behind The Scenes ‘ for most of the Golden Age Films!!!
A rare chance to see Roberta at work. I too am surprised that Michael Knight didn’t become a bigger star.
Jerry Butler was near his best in this, while I think Tish was underrated.
With thanks for finding these.
1980s babes forever! The Golden Age. The best of the best.
I discovered your forum the last two years. Bravo Rialto people, you area doing amazing work out there. Probably the best of this kind of work for the adult cinema.
Btw you usually provide production dates when you make an article about a movie. I guess this time you weren’t able to find out.