Keisha: The Innocence of an Adult Film Star – Podcast 74

Keisha: The Innocence of an Adult Film Star – Podcast 74

You’ve probably heard us say this before, but Keisha was a different kind of adult film star.

She entered the business in the same era as the first wave of video girls who dominated the scene in the mid 1980s. Stars like Ginger Lynn, Christy Canyon and Traci Lords. She appeared in loops, videos, and feature films, as well as countless magazine covers and layouts. She did phone sex, ran her own fan club, and had a long and successful career traveling the country as a featured dancer.

But for all that, Keisha seemed somehow different from the other performers. For a start she looked Latina, though her unusual name gave away few clues as to her ethnicity. And at different times, she was rumored to be a psychologist, or an escort, and / or was secretly married.

And Keisha stayed in the adult film industry for longer than most of her peers too. She starred in films – on and off – for 20 years, and only stopping in 2007.

So, who was she really? What does she remember about her life in porn, and what is she doing now?

The Rialto Report tracks Keisha down – for stories of Jerry Butler, Nina Hartley, Jim South, Henri Pachard, Edwin and Summer Brown, Megan Leigh, Suze Randall and many more.

This podcast is 103 minutes long.

The musical playlist for this episode can be found on Spotify.





































  • Posted On: 3rd December 2017
  • By: The Rialto Report
  • Under: Podcasts


  1. Sam · December 3, 2017 Reply

    YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this one since Day One of Rialto’s existence. Can’t wait to listen.

  2. Jerry Scott · December 3, 2017 Reply

    Longtime listener, first time writer.

    I am listening to Keisha right now,,,,, and wow, awesome interview.

    Great interviewing too. Quality.

  3. HOT DAMN YEAH! · December 3, 2017 Reply

    Keisha was hotter than the hinges on the doors of Hell. Smart too. Thanks for this.


  4. Jose verschaffel · December 3, 2017 Reply

    I had the pleasure to work with her in “Night shift Nurses ” she make me feel at ease the day before the shoot. Great lady

    • Johnny Stanwyck · December 3, 2017 Reply

      Jose, you both were smokin’ hot in that scene! I remember that one very well. I was spending the night with a friend whose dad had a huge adult film stash. We watched NIGHT SHIFT NURSES three times that night!

    • Keisha · December 3, 2017 Reply

      Hi Jose, I’ll never forget our scene and night shift nurses. That was definitely a classic. So lovely working with you. I’m glad that you said I made you feel at ease. Sending you big hugs. Keisha

      • Jeffrey · December 7, 2017 Reply

        Josey Duval right? I loved Night Shift Nurses Keisha! The Man who wrestles with himself! Thanks for the fantasies!

      • Art Vandelay · March 28, 2024 Reply

        Hi Keisha, who was the guy with you in the Club magazine pictorial from August 1987? That was the one where you were laying out by the pool, and you and him started to get it on

    • Retro_XXX_Buff · December 4, 2017 Reply

      Jose, you’re so fortunate to have had a scene with Keisha during that era.

      What I thought made your scene great was that character “Detso Ritter” was older, unshaven, and whacky having a realistic quick sex scene with such a pretty young star.

      Keisha’s my favorite and way underrated.


  5. Wes · December 3, 2017 Reply

    Ashley, you have humanized the adult industry talent that was marginalized by much of society. They have opened up to share their innermost thoughts, feelings, dreams and sadly, failings. They were and are, people. They could easily have been a next door neighbor, not how some would portray them as sub-human. As people, we all have value and meaning, something you have attached to a face and name. You and April are to be commended.

    Congratulations on being chosen a special consultant to give The Deuce special insight to make the series interesting and reality based.


    • The Rialto Report · December 3, 2017 Reply

      Thank you so much Wes!

      • Johnny Stanwyck · December 3, 2017 Reply

        Wes hit the nail right on the head! My partner and a couple of my friends used to be a bit sniffy about adult films until I introduced them to your podcast. Now all are fans and interested in the social impact of the films and the people behind them. Excellent work!

  6. Roy Karch · December 3, 2017 Reply

    Thank you for this fabulous adventure with Keisha.
    A one of a kind.

  7. Ed · December 3, 2017 Reply

    RR, how much do you rock?! What a brilliant podcast, great to hear Keisha’s story straight from her. But how could she possibly not think she was attractive? She had the perfect body!

    Now, 2018 has GOT to be The Rialto Report’s “Year Of Taija Rae”…….please? 🙂

  8. Corey · December 3, 2017 Reply

    Great, informative podcast. My favorite Keisha role was in “Nightshift Nurses”.

  9. Johnny Stanwyck · December 3, 2017 Reply

    Another incredible interview! I was familiar with her work but knew nothing about her personally, was always curious. Thanks for this!

  10. Nomis · December 3, 2017 Reply

    I think that I’ve been remembering her and few others as stated in the podcast as she explained that she was in the telephone sex lines. Okay guys what is the main big deal is that I very much sure that I chat to her in around the late nineteens. She was on a USA sex line which was advertised on the national paper and I decided to go and give it call and try to test water out. At the time telephone chat line was changing as you can easily charged for premium rates call or international credit card or calls. But I have remembered that I chat to her and few other people who work with adult industry but times vary changing and wasn’t sure how it is these days as lots of people are not here or changing various. But I very much appreciate the opportunity you have given us to listen to your podcasts and grateful for your corporations.

  11. johnny valentine · December 3, 2017 Reply

    what was the name of that song in the beginning, also I agree with ed taiga are please.

  12. Keisha · December 3, 2017 Reply

    Hi April and Ashley,

    It was such an honor to do this interview with you. I was such a big fan of your podcasts and was so excited to do this. I’m so happy you got to come to my place and feed my squirrels. I look forward to hanging out with you in New York next September.

    Hugs and Kisses,

    • Ed · December 4, 2017 Reply

      Goodness me! Not only a cracking podcast, but the lady herself actually commenting!
      Keisha, great to hear you’re doing something with your life that you really enjoy, and that you look back with fondness. You’re an absolute legend and in my opinion, possessor of one of the finest bodies ever to grace the screen! All the best. x

  13. J. Walter Puppybreath · December 4, 2017 Reply

    WOW!!! It’s X-mas & my birthday early. Aweome-sauce, RR!
    Keisha is one of the few figures from those days I’ve seen in person – she danced here in Vancouver in the early ’90’s.
    She’s the greatest!

  14. Lit · December 5, 2017 Reply

    Great podcast guys – absolutely absorbing from start to finish

    Keisha – a real star with a beautiful body!

  15. Retro_XXX_Buff · December 5, 2017 Reply

    Thanks Rialto Report for a great interview with Keisha, she’s been due for one for a while.

    Great job RR & Keisha !

  16. Lit · December 5, 2017 Reply

    RRs on Janey Robbins or Connie Peterson would be great.

  17. Lit · December 5, 2017 Reply

    Forgot to add how gorgeous the California accent is – Keisha, Nina, Rhonda Jo.

  18. Keisha · December 5, 2017 Reply

    I’m so happy to hear that so many people are enjoying my interview with April. I really enjoyed sharing my story.


  19. Bobby · December 5, 2017 Reply

    I only have one disappointment with the podcast.It was too short!! I really enjoyed the back and forth between April and Keisha and hopefully you guys could do round 2 very soon. I really enjoyed your scenes as I thought that you had such a great aura and still do when I think of it,haha.

  20. Nick · December 6, 2017 Reply

    Greetings from London! What a delightful lady Keisha sounds and congratulations April for conveying that. After so long exploring just about every type of industry medium, Keisha has a refreshing, open/friendly and surprisingly cynicism-free attitude. I loved the matter-of-fact descriptions of her teenage explorations and later DPs etc – hilarious! Well done for staying away from the usual temptations that have ended so tragically for some. The story of the recently widowed man was very touching and sensitive and again shows this remarkable lady in such a great light.
    Ernest sounds like a very understanding and supportive guy and you are lucky to have found your soulmate Keisha.
    Thank you RR and K for a wonderful interview and for all the good things you both do to help people.

    • Keisha · December 9, 2017 Reply

      Hi Nick,

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

      I am also grateful that I was able to escape the lure of drugs and alcohol that ensnares so many in my business and so many other entertainment professions.

      Just to clarify, Ernest and I broke up at the end of 2005, but he definitely was my soulmate for the time that I was with him. I am grateful for all that I learned by being in that relationship.


    • The Rialto Report · December 9, 2017 Reply

      Thank you so much Nick!

  21. Alan G · December 7, 2017 Reply

    If there is a Pulitzer award for podcasts, this one would win it, hands down. Terrific work once again. All we need now is the Tracey Adams interview!!

  22. Sloth the Happy Mutant · December 8, 2017 Reply

    I don’t know the name of the film but she is a smoking hot porn with Tracey Adams, Mike Horner and others where she is on an odyssey across the country and ends up in San Francisco where Mike Horner makes good sweet love to her in the final epic scene.
    I like porn, I like it a lot! I like porn, it gets me hot! {:o)

  23. Lorraine Bush · December 11, 2017 Reply

    Dear Keisha,
    What a great interview-thank you for sharing your action-packed life!!
    As a woman I am very jealous of anyone who has experienced Mr Peter North – the ultimate fantasy stud.
    So what is he REALLY like??!!
    Happy Christmas and 2018 to you

  24. Terry · December 13, 2017 Reply

    Keisha has always been my favorite actress. For some reason I was drawn to her because of her hair. Yes, I have a hair fetish…lol. In my opinion, Keisha had the best body in the adult business during her career and still looks fabulous.

  25. Shelley · December 13, 2017 Reply

    Loved hearing all the details of a life being fully lived. Keisha is an inspiration. And what a great interviewer.

  26. Sebastian F. Sorrow · December 14, 2017 Reply

    Found a HHHHOOTT TV 19 (?) solo short of her yesterday that is just on fire! She is so sensual, sexy and sultry, what a ravishing dreamgirl!
    Lovers of erotic entertainment are so happy and thankful that such a beautiful woman performed in the erotic arts.

  27. Howie Gordon . . . the ghost of Richard Pacheco · December 18, 2017 Reply

    Keisha! What a delight to get to hear your story! You may recall that you so opened my eyes . . . and my nose . . . when I first met you in the days just after I retired from being an onscreen performer in the industry. I was the assistant director for John Leslie and Sam Weston on a couple of shoots that you played. I was smitten and followed you around like a puppy dog. I ran lines with you and helped you prepare for your scenes and then had to watch as you went under the lights with guys like Mike Horner. I truly was jealous and wished that the timing of the cosmos had been different. You are an extraordinary burst of energy . . . in body and out. So, glad that you did this Rialto Report!!!

    Well done, April!

    Howie Gordon . . . aka the ghost of Richard Pacheco

  28. Brian · December 23, 2017 Reply

    Was so happy to see a Keisha interview on The Rialto Report I almost fell out of my chair. Keisha has been my all time favorite since I began watching adult films in the early 90’s, and over the years I’ve found her to be one of if not the kindest, down to earth and intelligent porn stars out there. Bravo, everyone.

  29. Ed · January 6, 2018 Reply

    Any chance for a SUE NERO story / podcast ?

  30. John M. · January 6, 2018 Reply

    I saw Keisha at The Market Street Cinema in San Francisco in the late 80s or early 90s. She was georgeous and put on a great show. I was a shy fan and she was so nice when I met her after the show and got my picture taken with her. This interview confirmed that she was a genuinely nice person, although I had no reason to ever doubt it. I lost track of her career as time passed. It’s great to know she’s still active and thriving. The interview brought back great memories.

    • Keisha · January 11, 2018 Reply

      Hi John,

      I used to love to dance at the Market Street Cinema. That was my first place that I feature danced in 1987 and I was there a couple times a year for a few years until they opened up The New Century Theater.

      I’m so glad your experience of meeting me was a good one. I really loved dancing so much and it was really fun to meet with the fans afterwards and take photos and sign autographs.


  31. GH · January 9, 2018 Reply

    Great interview so interesting and informative. I met Keisha in the UK in 06, still one of the best experiences of my life. Had a great few hours in the company of a wonderful lady.

  32. J. Walter Puppybreath · January 25, 2018 Reply

    ‘ I really loved dancing so much..’
    My apologies, as I mentioned catching two of your Vancouver shows, but not saying how good they were!
    Chatted with you briefly after one, and really appreciated your easygoing manner.

  33. Todd Hess · January 31, 2018 Reply

    Three of my favorite things come together in a perfect storm: the adult industry, journalistic integrity and fascinating pods. Stir in my fave all-time actress, Keisha. And wowsers!!! Just the best of what’s around. Real men eat Keisha!!!

  34. Bryce · February 9, 2018 Reply

    Keisha. I’ve always loved you and am glad that you were open to being with Black men. I love the scene between you and Sean Michaels when you were wearing that blue dress and mule sandals. Love you much!!

  35. dave · April 8, 2021 Reply

    cannot believe that story about her and jerry butler. he’d rather do that than be with her???
    he really WAS crazy!

  36. Jeff Robertson · April 21, 2023 Reply

    Keisha Was So Sexy From The 80s And Early 90s It’s Reminds Me Of Angelie Almendare Keep Up Good Work

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