R.I.P. Candy Samples (1928 – 2019)

R.I.P. Candy Samples (1928 – 2019)
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Candy Samples, who enjoyed a long career as a hugely popular buxom model in men’s magazines and as an actress in adult films, passed away this week.

She was 91.

Candy Samples was one of the true larger than life figures that lit up the early adult industry: she appeared in cult movies such as Russ Meyer‘s Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979) (where she was ‘The Very Big Blonde’) and Up! (1976), and also Flesh Gordon (1974), Fantasm (1976), Deep Jaws (1976), and The Best Little Whorehouse in San Francisco (1985), as well as tens of loops – to name but a few.

She was in black and white cheesecake photo sets from the late 1960s, thousands of magazines, and scores of films – from softcore to hardcore, from loops to catfight wrestling shorts.

She had a mischievous, friendly look that stood out from all the other models. She often played the roles of older women that somehow looked like your mother’s naughty friend, exuding a mysterious sex appeal.

And then there were her breasts. With her formidable physique, she looked like an Amazonian queen; fit, tanned, and invincible. Her staggering physique made her an instant favorite, and for many years she toured as an exotic dancer. Somehow she just seemed to get more popular with age, and she developed a huge following that endured right through to her retirement in the late 1980s – and even today her magazine spreads exchange hands for elevated prices.

After she retired, she remained active – writing columns in the 1990s for magazines like Juggs. And she had an online fan club where she would have chat sessions with fans.

When we started The Rialto Report, we knew we wanted to interview her. We figured that as she’d been active in the industry for almost 40 years it wouldn’t be difficult to find her. We figured wrong.

She’d disappeared from public view, changing her name on multiple occasions (she was rumored to have married eight times), and we spent years trying to track her down.

After leaving messages for her with scores of people, we got a call from a person one day who told us that Candy was living with him.

We packed our bags, and went to meet her.

Our podcast tells the story of what happened next.

We are indebted to GH and KB for their kind assistance in putting this feature together.

This podcast is 45 minutes long.

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

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Candy Samples – The Early Years

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Early Modeling

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Candy and Uschi

When The Rialto Report interviewed Candy Samples, her fondest memories were reserved for her friendship with Uschi Digard.

 

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Fetish Photos (1979)

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Dancing across the country

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Life with Pat Romano

In the early 1980s, Candy’s career was managed by ‘Pat Romano‘. The relationship didn’t end well, and Pat later died in jail where he was serving time for drug dealing.

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Private Sessions

Candy would sometimes pose for private photographic sessions for fans, who she encountered when dancing in clubs around the country.

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Personal Appearances

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Vacations and Traveling

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Retirement

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Candy Samples’ scrapbooks

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The Rialto Report interview

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63 Comments

  1. Graham Hill · September 29, 2019 Reply

    Like JULIET ‘AUNT PEG” ANDERSON, another adult star and movies goddess has left us…

    CANDY SAMPLES was a pioneer way before Juliet, but the one other thing they both shared besides the sexy assets and sexy attitudes, was that they both truly enjoyed what they did and it showed!

    They enjoyed their many fans, and they really knew how to tease and delight them.

    CANDY excelled with soft-core porn and then out of necessity and to stay a headliner moved later into hardcore.

    She was a true original who like so many other performers never ended up in the money. Used and abused by an industry that made millions off of her and will continue to do so…

    • BUCK I NUTT · September 30, 2019 Reply

      WOW!! Haven’t listened to interview but what a truly amazing beautiful woman in all those wonderful photos. Truly a legend. RIP Candy.

    • Johnson Michaels · October 4, 2019 Reply

      Graham: To be clear, Candy’s earliest work was hardcore loops around 1971-72. She then segued into softcore and non-sex roles until 1984 when she returned to hardcore for the rest of her career.

  2. david fullam · September 29, 2019 Reply

    The legend. May she rest in Peace.

  3. Jeffrey Zandrowicz · September 29, 2019 Reply

    Super sorry to hear of her passing. 91 years is impressive, seems she lived a great life.
    Great piece on her and the podcast 🙂

  4. Graham Hill · September 29, 2019 Reply

    Why has my tribute comment to CANDY been swiftly deleted?

  5. Conrad · September 29, 2019 Reply

    Awesome tribute and interview ! I’ve been a Candy fan since my years as a teen-age pervert in the 1970s. Her Super 8mm wrestling films for Triumph Studios are unequaled(as are all of Triumph’s Super 8mm)! Rest in peace,Candy.😞

  6. Tony Gee · September 29, 2019 Reply

    To think that without the Rialto Report we’d never even have heard what happened to Candy……..

    Thank you – this brought a tear to my eye.

  7. JK · September 29, 2019 Reply

    Candy was a product of a different time, a truly towering figure in the soft core world of magazines/films.

    Sadly we’ll never see the likes of her again.

    I love Candy.

  8. J. Walter Puppybreath · September 29, 2019 Reply

    Candy, along with Uschi, embodied the swingin’ 70’s like few others.

  9. TIMOTHY CRAWFORD · September 29, 2019 Reply

    Incredibly touching. Deftly handled and so sweet.

  10. Randy Veale · September 29, 2019 Reply

    I remember meeting Candy in person at the Little X theatre in Baltimore during the 1980’s, she is a very Classy lady.

    • Bigsplash · October 5, 2019 Reply

      I enjoy all of the interviews, but this seems even more special. Bravo, well done, a gentle interview with a gentle woman. I think Candy even enjoyed it.

      One vintage star I have a burning curiosity for is Virginia Winters, she starred in “the liberation of honey doll Jones” and SWEDISH EROTICA’S ‘ THE INVITATION, with John Holmes. I haven’t seen or read much about her.
      Please put her on your probably long to do list.

  11. Ed McGrogan · September 29, 2019 Reply

    Have been a Candy Samples fan for many, many years — and was saddened to hear of her passing. I truly treasure the polaroid photo I have of Candy and I taken at a local establishment. She was a fantasy-come-true —- who’ll likely never be replaced. Rest in Peace Sweetheart !

  12. Graham Hill · September 29, 2019 Reply

    It took a while for the COMMENTS to register -glad they’re all back!

  13. dc · September 29, 2019 Reply

    So many great photos, but I LOVE the one with April interviewing her. Just as I imagined.
    Rialto does such amazing work. Candy had a full life it seems. Ups and downs. I hope she is at peace.
    Thank you for letting us know about her passing

  14. Mykole Mick Dementiuk · September 30, 2019 Reply

    Her, and Uschi Diggad. I must’ve spent hours jerking off staring at her pictures or in Times Square porno theaters drooling and rubbing myself in the seats. Man, what a big titted woman! My ideal, RIP.

  15. david fullam · September 30, 2019 Reply

    Alzheimer’s claimed my father. It is a horrible, HORRIBLE disease. Breaks my heart to hear she suffered from this. May she rest in peace.

  16. Brian · September 30, 2019 Reply

    I feel like there’s been a death in my family. She was my first fantasy girl. First woman I ever saw naked! A buddy had snuck an 8mm porn movie mail order package from his dad and brought it to school. Inside was a featured add for the All Stars of Sex featuring John Holmes and Candy Samples. She was amazing! I always had an attraction to older women and I’m sure it’s always been as a result. R.I.P. Candy, and thank you for being the lovely person you were inside and out.

  17. Paul · September 30, 2019 Reply

    Oh, I am so sad to hear this news and I checked your site for fear that something my have happened to our dear and beloved, Candy. I have always felt connected to her and my feelings were right.

    Candy is someone that I have adored since I was in my late teens and no one has ever come close to her in comparison as a woman in any way. She was everything I could ever hope for. Besides following Candy in all her magazine appearances, I had the pleasure to meet her and she was more sweet than I could have imagined. She had a twinkle in her eyes, a beautiful smile, and she loved to laugh.

    I want to thank the Rialto Report, and especially April, for her wonderful interview. She was so kind, caring, and sensitive in consideration of Candy’s condition. To indulge my intuition, I listened to the interview again just a week ago and it made me happy to hear Candy laugh and it was touching to hear her tell April “I like you”. It gave me peace to know that she was content with herself.

    I love you Candy and I know your wish was to be closer to God. 🌹

    • April Hall · October 5, 2019 Reply

      Paul – one follow up which wasn’t clear in the podcast. When Candy said ‘I like you’ she was saying it to a magazine photo of her younger self. It was a beautiful moment with a beautiful soul. Thank you for listening!

      • J. Walter Puppybreath · October 6, 2019 Reply

        Thank you for clarifying, April. Most touching.

      • Paul · October 6, 2019 Reply

        April … you made her happy and it was so wonderful to hear. Thank you for your kindness and compassion.

        I also want to thank her caretaker, John, for protecting and caring for Candy when she was most vulnerable. He was her angel in a time of need, and I respect and admire what he did for her. Even when I wanted to send her flowers, he declined but I understood why. ❤️

  18. Gregg Luongo · September 30, 2019 Reply

    May Miss Samples have Eternal rest in Heaven!! With all The Angels and Saints!!And May They Welcome !did Samples with the love She Truly Deserves!!

  19. Oren Nayler · September 30, 2019 Reply

    Incidentally, I just finished watching, “All The Way In”, and I am sadden that Candy Samples had passed away. She was a legend. The “Gilf” of her time before the word became a search term in various adult websites. She will be deeply missed.

  20. please insert a name here · October 2, 2019 Reply

    I admit to being not much of a big boobs guy but she is beautiful! There are have been literally tons of boobs but those just might be the best ever. A previous commenter stated that she was GILF way before that was cool and I would have to agree.
    I love how RR chronicles the pioneers, those who were decades ahead of the herd. These are the people who make the positive changes in the world.

    • April Hall · October 5, 2019 Reply

      Thank you PINH!

    • Daniel evans · July 9, 2020 Reply

      It was 1985 and I would always sneak the videos my dad had. My favorite was All The Way In! I fell in love with Candy all the way into my 30’s! Always liked older busty older busty women since. I have known that she’s been alive. I thought she was an amazing woman. R.I.P. Sweetie. You made quite an impression on me!😊
      Thanks RR!

  21. A friend · October 4, 2019 Reply

    Thank you

  22. Krho · October 5, 2019 Reply

    I thank you for this inspiring anecdote of a special woman!
    It was much appreciated and I, along with others, I’m sure, wish her peace.

  23. Ron S · October 6, 2019 Reply

    Another thoughtful and sensitive work. It was a tough call but you did the right thing making this a podcast. It was great to find out some facts about her career and age– mostly from you, and your diligent Chandleresque research– but to hear such a wonderful person just before she died made it all real.
    Even if she couldn’t remember past details like names, even of those close to her, she did have vivid emotions of past events, how it made her feel. Talked with an acquaintance who has parents with Alzheimers and does fundraising for a cure; it seems this is common with the disease.
    Bravo to you and Ashley. RR does work that really transcends the simple subject matter.

  24. Pablo in Maryland · October 6, 2019 Reply

    This was a truly outstanding podcast in an always-great series.

    The Rialto Report has achieved something I’ve never seen before: presentations of pornographic subject matter that aren’t the least bit exploitative.

  25. Jeffrey · October 8, 2019 Reply

    Thanks for the interview of a classy Lady.RIP Candy!

  26. Gino · October 12, 2019 Reply

    Rest in peace beutiful.

  27. Splooge Gainsbourg · October 16, 2019 Reply

    Candy had a very famous acquaintance you should know about: the late theoretical physicist Dr. Richard Feynman, a Nobel prize laureate. (cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Feynman). According to the popular science magazine “Seed” (cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed_(magazine)) – quite an appropriate serial title in this context – their familiarity was obvious to all who visited Professor Feynman’s office at Cal Tech:

    “The most shameless cad of the group [of theoretical physicists of the 20th century] was Richard Feynman… He even kept a picture in his office of one acquaintance, buxom adult film star Candi Samples, signed, ‘To Big Dick, Love from Candi.'” (sic.) (cf. https://www.seedmagazine.com/content/article/getting_physical/ )

    The subject of multiple popular biographies, Feynman is widely regarded as one of the greatest American theoretical physicists in history. A theorem in his first published professional paper, part of his undergraduate thesis work, was still of vital use to me over four decades later, as I wrote my doctoral thesis in solid state physics. (cf. https://books.google.com/books?id=WsdL41-NfV8C&dq=editions%3A6JpgSFDzoGkC&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22Feynman%27s+theorem%22 )

  28. Michael · October 16, 2019 Reply

    April, so sorry to hear that Candy recently passed away. Such a beautiful lady inside and out! (I still have pictures of her from late seventies during my teen years.) After listening to your wonderful interview with her, I’m even more sorry that I never had the pleasure of meeting her for an autograph to witness her charm and beauty. I’m also heartbroken at the way most of the men in her life mistreated her. I will never forget her or her special beauty on my way to manhood! God be with you Candy, now and forever.

    Great interview April, Thank you.

  29. Gino · October 22, 2019 Reply

    A gorgeous woman who I adored as a young man. She was, and always will be, the woman of my dreams. May she rest in peace.

  30. Cyberdolphnow · October 24, 2019 Reply

    I so remember her from JUGGS magazine which was a raunchy tome to female mammary glands
    Incredible to think that Ms. Samples’ adult career started around the time she was 40 years old back in the late 1960s era of the baby boomers’ worshipping at the altar of youth. As others have written she was a GILF decades before the creation of the terminology. You could tell that she was already mature, not just made up to look older, by subtle but truthful hints such as crows feet around her eyes yet she wasn’t undergoing plastic surgery to escape aging. When she embraced her later 1980s blond wavy hair wig style it was inconguent with her prior hair looks but she could be forgiven this given her lack of plastic surgery and need to maintain touring the clubs into her 50s.
    Rest in Peace Candy Samples

  31. Angelo L Morales · October 27, 2019 Reply

    Thank you our precious Candy for your smiles on the screen, you will be missed. rest in peace.

  32. Barry · June 5, 2020 Reply

    Candy Samples was always my favorite. May she RIP.

  33. Bruno · June 15, 2020 Reply

    I have a particularly sensitive relationship with Candy. I remember the day I saw her for the first time. I was walking in Paris in the early 80s with my aunt. I must have been about 7 or 8 yeard old and I was a little sad that day. We passed a cinema which was to offer films for adults. I looked at the photos in the window and saw this splendid woman. Without really understanding of course at my age, her pretty smile, her beautiful look, her generous and comforting shapes …. this first meeting with Candy made me smile …. and fed my fantasies even today and for a long time. Thank you Candy. With all my love…
    Bruno.
    France

  34. Raphael Reine · August 20, 2020 Reply

    Candy Samples was and is a legend! Have always been a bit fan of hers! Thank you Rialto Report for doing this interview and obituary on this lovely, lovely, lady! She will be missed!

  35. Big timmy · August 24, 2020 Reply

    Made me cry.one of the best interviews ever april great job.i met her long long time ago early 80s i was a big strong handsome muscle guy i was very young.so candy danced then we gotten to take pics with her.me and her gotten along so great she was so funny laughing we were telling jokes her eyes were amazing her heart was bigger then any of us.i mean her boobs over my head around my head on me.huge but it was way more.i asked her staright out she new because i told her i never drank smoked chew drugs nothing i no that honey.and she never did.i ask her maybe i should get in that bussines she said no not you.your some thing special.we hugged she kissed me on the cheek.i walked out side looked at the sky said thank you lord.she was laughing giggling funny very very nice sweet like she was my mom.now i am way older i listen to her the great job april did amazing apirl.if i would of walked in candy would of said oh wow.but makes me pissed off the most she worked hard in her life and these minnow punk guys stold all of her money merchandise over over again.but candy just shrugged it off because our lord dont care about money root of all evil.cares about you your heart helping people caring for people.she needed a guy like me around kick them guys butt.took advantage of this sweet lady.did you listen what she says never drank smoked drugs nothing not many people can say that.she did her job went home took care of her son.way back it was like 5 bucks to see her i gave her big tip like 100 bucks back then 1980.she told me you dont have to do that she looked right in my eyes.i said you need it more then me.she told me i like this guy.i was way bigger then any one there.tall tan big strong muscles smart.i was the last guy there taking pics with her i told ever one she one sweet nice kind loven careing great lady treat her nice take good care of her. Hugs candy your one great lady i no the lord will treat you great.thank you apirl great interview she a hall of famer legend.but warm big heart funny loves to have fun.she lived along time 91 i am only 60 wow thats amazing.back in the old days no movies just magazines then reel to reel vhs tapes then dvd now no magazines.times changed but nobody ever like candy how nice sweet kind loven funny can talk to her take pics with her look at that towards the last of her life a fan helped her out he new this folks were robbing her blind.but i dont no non of the folks now days but nobody like candy hugs.

    • April Hall · August 26, 2020 Reply

      Thank you so, so much Timmy for your memories and for your extremely kind words. Candy certainly was one of a kind.

  36. Patrick · September 17, 2020 Reply

    Candy was my fantasy woman! Saw her perform live in SF, and photos afterward. Big THRILL for me!

    Please pass my regards to her last caretaker.

  37. G E · September 23, 2020 Reply

    I remember seeing Flesh Gordon at a movie theatre in Australia. Candy looked like a Goddess. Then another movie where she had a very small part. The main character was in bed with a woman in a cabin on a boat. They were both hidden under the covers. The woman appears from under the covers and it is Candy topless. The impression that made when I was 23 or 24 years old lasted a long time.
    I was already in the process of emigrating to the USA and had no idea that I would meet Candy and have an intimate relationship with her about 7 years later. I lived in Malibu and she lived in Playa Del Rey. She was kind, loving, funny and I would say with some naivety in the most innocent way. She was not hardened or callous in any way, which is what some may perceive because of that industry. It was very sad that we could not continue our relationship. I managed an estate for a motion picture company owner, as well as personal protection to him. Keeping my relationship with Candy personal and separate to my employment was difficult. Especially as I resided in one of the homes on the estate. Candy only visited me there once. She drove a red Mercedes with tags that read, BUSTY 1…. I always went to her condo.
    It got to the point where I had to choose to quit my job and live with Candy or continue with my highly paid job. I know it greatly hurt both of us. I could not just travel with Candy and have her support me which is what she wanted to do.
    It’s horrible that other men took advantage of her in this regard…
    RIP in peace sweet Candy…

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