The adult film industry has constantly changed – as film-making techniques, aesthetics, and fashions have evolved, and were subsequently adopted and reflected in explicit sex films.
One of the more interesting changes was the way that adult film performers presented themselves in public.
In the early 1980s, the stars were more unfamiliar with the spotlight and fame bestowed upon them. As a result, they sometimes came across as self-conscious, even awkward, at industry events. At times, their comfort with performing sex acts in front of the camera gave way to tentative insecurity off set, when they were confronted with press photographers.
By the 1990s, just a decade later, the stars had changed – and by now were more assured and confident with the public role they played. They understood the rules of the game, and were more willing to play along.
One man who saw this change first hand was photographer Ed Geller. Ed was a Los Angeles news photographer who specialized in celebrity paparazzo shots. But when he wasn’t taking pictures of Joan Collins attending an awards ceremony or Brooke Shields leaving a swanky restaurant, he liked to attend adult film industry events. He started in the late 1970s, and was still taking pictures in the 2000s.
We recently acquired a large selection of Ed Geller’s pictures, and enjoyed noticing the contrast in the adult film business between the early 1980s and the mid 1990s.
We juxtaposed pictures from these two contrasting eras next to each other – sometimes humorously, sometimes provocatively – so that we could compare and contrast the different time periods.
One industry. One photographer. Two eras: Side by side.
|Samantha Fox, in 1978||Taylor Hayes, in 1996|
|Georgina Spelvin, in July 1979||Shay Fox|
|Gail Palmer, in 1979||Sunset Thomas, in 1995|
|Vanessa del Rio, in April 1979||Tabitha Stevens, in 1996|
|Candida Royalle, in July 1979||Mila, in 1997|
|Johnnie Keyes, in July 1979||Leslie Glass, in 1997|
|Samantha Fox, in September 1979||Jacklyn Lick, in 1997|
|Vanessa del Rio, in November 1979||Heather Hunter, in 1995|
|Candida Royalle, in November 1979||Christi Lake, in 1997|
|Candida Royalle, in November 1979||Shane, in 1996|
|Denise and Diana Sloan, in December 1979||Marilyn Star, Shayla LaVeaux, in 1998|
|Vanessa del Rio, in December 1979||Jasmin St. Claire, in 1997|
|Samantha Fox, in December 1979||Felecia, in 1998|
|Bambi Woods, in March 1980||Stacy Valentine, in 1997|
|Jill Munroe (right), in May 1981||Serenity, Felecia, in 1997|
|Vanessa del Rio, in May 1981||Stephanie Swift, in 1996|
|Annette Haven, in May 1981||Sunset Thomas, in 1996|
|Vanessa del Rio, in May 1981||Heather Hunter, in 1998|
|David Davidson, Jill Munroe, in October 1981||Jeanna Fine, A.N Other, in 1997|
|Annette Heinz, Lisa Cintrice, in October 1983||Ginger Lynn, Kylie Ireland, in 1999|
|Candida Royalle, in October 1981||Nikki Andersson, in 1998|
|Veronica Hart, in November 1981||Raquel Darrian, in 1997|
|Sharon Mitchell, in May 1982||Heather Hunter, in 1998|
|Marc Stevens and friend, in October 1982||Pauly Shore and Savannah, in July 1991|
|Anna Ventura, in October 1982||Jasmin St. Claire, in 1997|
|Veronica Hart, in October 1982||Sunset Thomas, in 1997|
|Velvet Summers, in October 1982||Shayla LaVeaux, in 1998|
|Velvet Summers, in October 1982||Taylor Wayne, in 1995|
|C.J. Laing, in October 1982||Felecia, in 1998|
|Veronica Vera, in October 1982||Houston, in 1996|
|Veronica Vera, in October 1982||Shane, in 1998|
|Sharon Mitchell, in October 1982||Serenity, in 1997|
|Sharon Mitchell, in October 1982||Tiffany Mynx, in 1993|
|Candida Royalle, in October 1982||Sunset Thomas, in 1997|
|Candida Royalle, in October 1982||Jasmin St. Claire, in 1997|
|Candida Royalle, in October 1982||Rebecca Lord, in 1997|
|Sharon Mitchell, in October 1982||Tiffany Mynx, in 1994|
|Candida Royalle, in October 1982||Adult Convention, Las Vegas, in 2001|
|Candida Royalle in July 1979||Janine Lindemulder, in 1996|
|Annette Heinz, Lisa Cintrice, in October 1983||Shane, Yvonne, in 1995|
|Sharon Mitchell in October 1982||1998|
|Vanessa del Rio, in May 1983||Heather Hunter, in 1998|
|Constance Money, in September 1983||Taylor Hayes, in 1996|
|Hyapatia Lee, in October 1983||Raquel Darrian, in 1997|
|Hyapatia Lee, in October 1983||Adult Film Convention, 1996|
|Hyapatia and Bud Lee, in October 1983||Drew Carey, Penn Jillette, and adult film actresses|
|Gloria Leonard, in April 1984||Tiffany Mynx, in 1994|
|Samantha Fox, in April 1984||Jenteal, in 1995|
|Samantha Fox, Fred Lincoln, Tiffany Clark, David Davidson, in October 1984||Pauly Shore and Savannah, in September 1991|
Interesting how some of the earlier generation of stars seem to emerge fully-formed – like Vanessa Del Rio.
Most though seem endearingly shy and “home-made”, and that makes them more compelling and attractive.
Like Candida, Veronica Hart, Veronica Vera, and Samantha Fox.
These juxtaposition says all you need to know why the early years are more compelling.
This should be an exhibition in a museum!
WELL DONE RIALTO!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for sharing the collection. Superb work!
I love Annette Heinz “kid stuff ” she is a darling,also like the pic of Fred Lincoln, thanks
You’ve been my dear friend since the day Marc Stevens introduced us. Love to you and your beautiful wife. Mwah!
I love the professionalism of your site and the non-sleazy way you present it.
If I could be bold enough to make a suggestion –
I know a lot of males remember their first porn movies well – mine were Debbie Does Dallas and Inside Desiree Cousteau. I know both Bambi Woods and Desiree Cousteau have featured heavily on your site and that, despite many rumours to the contrary, both are still alive. Have you thought of doing an episode based on a movie?
For example, where is everybody on Debbie Does Dallas now? I realise you have said Bambi Woods doesn’t want to speak yet but it would be fascinating to see all the people listed and what have happened to them (if you know) without any full details being revealed to protect their privacy if that is what they wish. you could start with the most popular movie of all time (I presume Deep Throat) and work your way down.
Anyway, just a thought. Congratulations on a fantastic site.
there was a Debbie Does Dallas doc, and only the director and Hershel agreed to be interviewed. HUGE Cousteau fan and that would be THE interview… or Jessie St James…. or Leslie Bovee. Too many stories
the 90s were the era of awful fake boobs. Thank Goddess that’s not in vogue anymore. In respect to Pauly Shore, he was the only of the many Hollywood stars who dated Savannah to come to her funeral. And RIP to Candida Royalle, who I had the luck of working with. An amazing woman in every way.
Looking back I’m not sure Pauly Shore could be considered a star? Encino Man, Son in Law and Bio Dome would be his better films from that time period. I guess it could be the scripts for those films just didn’t give him a chance to really show his acting chops?
Shore was not a master thespian but definitely a star.
I have a huge collection of photos from Bill Caits… The same could be done with some of those. Timeless treasures!
Great to see the contrast with the different eras, but one woman stands out to me the 1979 Vanessa Del Rio, a beautiful natural face and smoldering sexuality. Vanessa looks like she could eat you alive, and she always looked like she was having so much fun in her scenes. I can’t believe the two biggest stars of the 70’s never filmed a scene together, John Holmes and Vanessa Del Rio? If I could have one scene that never happened that would be my choice. But if I could go back in a porn time machine to pair up stars that never actually worked together these would be my choices. It would be interesting for Rialto readers to list some of their choices for couples that never did a scene together, here are my other choices.
1. Samantha Fox with Johnnie Keyes
2. Georgina Spelvin with King Paul
3. Angel with John Holmes
4 .Alicia Monet with Field Marshall Bradley
5. Crystal Breeze with Jake Teague
6. Gloria Leonard with Field Marshall Bradley
7. Tiffany Clark with Dick Rambone
Not interested in any 90s fake tit porn at all, however Ed’s 70s and 80s pictures are great!
Thanks for sharing
Yes, the 70s and 80s, with a little touch of the late 60s, were the years of my porn viewing coming of age. When they got their fake tits it was nothing but a big yawn to me. Oh the reality of Uschi Digard, how I miss you…
I had never seen the two pics of Cintrice and myself. Such a blast to work with. Mwah! Thankies for the pics.
My, my how things have changed.The adult film industry changes quickly, and some of the innocence has been lost over time. Thanks for the great pics and timeline. Sunset is one of the craziest stars that I have ever met; hopefully she is in a happy place. Christi Lake..please do an interview with Rialto! You are missed and I hope you are well. Great work.
eXcellent job once again RIALTO REPORT!
I find it compelling…and nothing against the new girls -but it’s as though this eXpose eXposes the dichotomy between the Movie Stars of the Golden Age of Erotica, and what we now more commonly refer to as “Porn Stars”.
There was an innocence of that time that is sadly lost forever…
the “old guard” look like human beings.
the others look like their made of plastic.
Hee hee, I think the time is almost ripe, somebody somewhere is looking back fondly on the miserable fake-tits-and-nose-jobs-blonde porn of the mid-90s. Maybe I’ll start my own spinoff of the Rialto Report to revisit, for example, the places where Edward Penishands was filmed and what Biff Malibu is up to now.
Wow! How much fun you guys and what great pics! Great ones of Candida Royalle, Mitchie, Samantha Fox, Vanessa, Hyapatia and Veronica Vera to name a few. And I love the 90’s gals too, lots of girls I worked with from VCA – Ginger, Kylie, Christi Lake, Sunset. I don’t see the big differences between the years. So many lovely ladies. Great gals back then, then in the 90’s and now too. There is always awesome people in this business.
Best photo is you in Oct 82 in simple T. Sometimes that’s enough!
Veronica Hart- hall of famer- wonderful actress- class act. Loved the scene you did with Gordon Duval, what a lucky little man. There aren’t to many men who are only 5 feet tall that can say they had sex with Veronica Hart and Seka!
Wow is right. I was just coming down here to comment to about the pic of you with the yellow shirt and the flowers.
Now that I see you’re here I’ll just tell you. It’s like the greatest picture ever. I love it.
Blonde right in this photo is Lovette: https://www.therialtoreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/46-RR-Ed-Gellar-16-01d.jpg.
But I think you already know!
Isn’t that Kelly O’Dell with Jeanna Fine?
Sharon Mitchell was always a favorite of mine, but she wouldn’t have even been in film if she had come of age in the 1990s. She wasn’t a cookie-cutter blonde with bean bag chair sized silicone implants and a pixie nose. I lost interest in the industry when the women started looking like those inflatable dolls that used be advertised in the back pages of skin mags. For all the awkwardness of the early years, performers were interesting. The ’90s killed the illusion and fantasy with manufactured starlets.
wow haiving graduated in thr late 80sthis brings back a lot of memories.we used to sneak the soft porn versions of swedish erotica into a big pile of movies during the summer.i then got in trouble and had to do a year house arrest in 1990 for sale of weed (less than 20 grams).i bought a huge satelight dish and got all the porn channels in some package deal.lol…me and my exwife still lol about how we watched them all night sometimes trying our best to be like those on tv.really good times.much different than today for sure .although i do like watching amatures from time to time.seeing paulie shore was kinda cool too as i used to have hair identical to him.no more though…love the site and keep up the classy work