The Changing Face of Adult Film Stars:
Ed Geller’s Photographs (1979-2001)

The Changing Face of Adult Film Stars: <br />Ed Geller’s Photographs (1979-2001)

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.

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Samantha FoxSamantha Fox, in 1978 Taylor HayesTaylor Hayes, in 1996

 

Georgina SpelvinGeorgina Spelvin, in July 1979 Shayla FoxShay Fox

 

Gail PalmerGail Palmer, in 1979 Sunset ThomasSunset Thomas, in 1995

 

Vanessa del RioVanessa del Rio, in April 1979 Tabitha StevensTabitha Stevens, in 1996

 

Candida RoyalleCandida Royalle, in July 1979 MilaMila, in 1997

 

Johnnie KeyesJohnnie Keyes, in July 1979 Leslie GlassLeslie Glass, in 1997

 

Samantha FoxSamantha Fox, in September 1979 Jaclyn LickJacklyn Lick, in 1997

 

Vanessa del RioVanessa del Rio, in November 1979 Heather HunterHeather Hunter, in 1995

 

Candida RoyalleCandida Royalle, in November 1979 Christi LakeChristi Lake, in 1997

 

Candida RoyalleCandida Royalle, in November 1979 ShaneShane, in 1996

 

Denise SloanDenise and Diana Sloan, in December 1979 Marylin Star, Shayla LaVeauxMarilyn Star, Shayla LaVeaux, in 1998

 

Vanessa del RioVanessa del Rio, in December 1979 Jasmin St. ClaireJasmin St. Claire, in 1997

 

Samantha FoxSamantha Fox, in December 1979 FeleciaFelecia, in 1998

 

Bambi WoodsBambi Woods, in March 1980 Stacy ValentineStacy Valentine, in 1997

 

Jill Munroe, Miranda StevensJill Munroe (right), in May 1981 Serenity, FeleciaSerenity, Felecia, in 1997

 

Vanessa del RioVanessa del Rio, in May 1981 Stephanie SwiftStephanie Swift, in 1996

 

Annette HavenAnnette Haven, in May 1981 Sunset ThomasSunset Thomas, in 1996

 

Vanessa del RioVanessa del Rio, in May 1981 Heather HunterHeather Hunter, in 1998

 

Jill Munroe, David DavidsonDavid Davidson, Jill Munroe, in October 1981 Jeanna FineJeanna Fine, A.N Other, in 1997

 

Annette Heinz, Lisa CintriceAnnette Heinz, Lisa Cintrice, in October 1983 Ginger Lynn, Kylie IrelandGinger Lynn, Kylie Ireland, in 1999

 

Candida RoyalleCandida Royalle, in October 1981 Nikki AndersonNikki Andersson, in 1998

 

Veronica HartVeronica Hart, in November 1981 Raquel DarrianRaquel Darrian, in 1997

 

Sharon MitchellSharon Mitchell, in May 1982 Heather HunterHeather Hunter, in 1998

 

Marc StevensMarc Stevens and friend, in October 1982 Savannah, Pauly ShorePauly Shore and Savannah, in July 1991

 

Anna VenturaAnna Ventura, in October 1982 Jasmin St. ClaireJasmin St. Claire, in 1997

 

Veronica HartVeronica Hart, in October 1982 Sunset ThomasSunset Thomas, in 1997

 

Velvet SummersVelvet Summers, in October 1982 Shayla LaVeauxShayla LaVeaux, in 1998

 

Velvet SummersVelvet Summers, in October 1982 Taylor WaneTaylor Wayne, in 1995

 

C.J.LaingC.J. Laing, in October 1982 FeleciaFelecia, in 1998

 

Veronica VeraVeronica Vera, in October 1982 HoustonHouston, in 1996

 

Veronica VeraVeronica Vera, in October 1982 ShaneShane, in 1998

 

Sharon MitchellSharon Mitchell, in October 1982 SerenitySerenity, in 1997

 

Sharon MitchellSharon Mitchell, in October 1982 Tiffany MynxTiffany Mynx, in 1993

 

Candida RoyalleCandida Royalle, in October 1982 Sunset ThomasSunset Thomas, in 1997

 

Candida RoyalleCandida Royalle, in October 1982 Jasmin St. ClaireJasmin St. Claire, in 1997

 

Candida RoyalleCandida Royalle, in October 1982 Rebecca LordRebecca Lord, in 1997

 

Sharon MitchellSharon Mitchell, in October 1982 Tiffany MynxTiffany Mynx, in 1994

 

Candida RoyalleCandida Royalle, in October 1982 Adult Convention, Las Vegas, in 2001

 

Candida RoyalleCandida Royalle in July 1979 Janine LindemullerJanine Lindemulder, in 1996

 

Annette Heinz, Lisa CintriceAnnette Heinz, Lisa Cintrice, in October 1983 Yvonne, ShaneShane, Yvonne, in 1995

 

Sharon MitchellSharon Mitchell in October 1982 1998

 

Vanessa del RioVanessa del Rio, in May 1983 Heather HunterHeather Hunter, in 1998

 

Constance MoneyConstance Money, in September 1983 Taylor HayesTaylor Hayes, in 1996

 

Hyapatia LeeHyapatia Lee, in October 1983 Raquel DarrianRaquel Darrian, in 1997

 

Hyapatia LeeHyapatia Lee, in October 1983 Adult Film Convention, 1996

 

Hyapatia Lee, Bud LeeHyapatia and Bud Lee, in October 1983 Drew CareyDrew Carey, Penn Jillette, and adult film actresses

 

Gloria LeonardGloria Leonard, in April 1984 Tiffany MynxTiffany Mynx, in 1994

 

Samantha FoxSamantha Fox, in April 1984 JentealJenteal, in 1995

 

Fred Lincoln, Samantha FoxSamantha Fox, Fred Lincoln, Tiffany Clark, David Davidson, in October 1984 Savannah, Pauly ShorePauly Shore and Savannah, in September 1991
  • Posted On: 7th October 2018
  • By: Ashley West
  • Under: Photos

26 Comments

  1. Bill · October 7, 2018

    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.

  2. FF · October 7, 2018

    These juxtaposition says all you need to know why the early years are more compelling.
    This should be an exhibition in a museum!

  3. aaa · October 7, 2018

    WELL DONE RIALTO!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing the collection. Superb work!

  4. Jose verschaffel · October 7, 2018

    I love Annette Heinz “kid stuff ” she is a darling,also like the pic of Fred Lincoln, thanks

    • Annette Heinz · October 8, 2018

      You’ve been my dear friend since the day Marc Stevens introduced us. Love to you and your beautiful wife. Mwah!

  5. Gavin Jenkins · October 7, 2018

    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.

    • DC · October 14, 2018

      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

  6. Keith · October 7, 2018

    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.

    • Film reader · October 8, 2018

      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?

  7. Patrick Palmer · October 7, 2018

    I have a huge collection of photos from Bill Caits… The same could be done with some of those. Timeless treasures!

  8. Miss the Tymes · October 8, 2018

    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

  9. scorpiogreen · October 8, 2018

    Not interested in any 90s fake tit porn at all, however Ed’s 70s and 80s pictures are great!

    Thanks for sharing

    • Mykola (Mick) Dementiuk · October 9, 2018

      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…

  10. Annette Heinz · October 9, 2018

    I had never seen the two pics of Cintrice and myself. Such a blast to work with. Mwah! Thankies for the pics.

  11. E King · October 9, 2018

    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.

  12. ROBIN · October 9, 2018

    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…

  13. Dave · October 11, 2018

    the “old guard” look like human beings.

    the others look like their made of plastic.

  14. Natasha Stevens · October 12, 2018

    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.

  15. Veronica Hart · October 13, 2018

    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.

    • DC · October 14, 2018

      Best photo is you in Oct 82 in simple T. Sometimes that’s enough!

    • Chippy · October 14, 2018

      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!

    • Greg · October 17, 2018

      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.

  16. David · October 14, 2018

    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!

  17. Greg · October 17, 2018

    Isn’t that Kelly O’Dell with Jeanna Fine?

  18. Pulsatyr · October 18, 2018

    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.