Amber Lynn: Rebel Yell! – Podcast 98

Amber Lynn: Rebel Yell! – Podcast 98

Amber Lynn is the perfect example of the adult film video vixen in all her glory. Back in the 1980s, together with fellow stars Traci Lords, Ginger Lynn, and Christy Canyon, she was the face of the new era in adult film. Actually, forget film: they personified the industry’s move onto videotapes. These stars were young, they were wild, and they were on your VHS TV screens when your parents went out. Come to think of it, they were probably on the same TV after you’d gone to bed too.

But Amber wasn’t a clone of anyone else. She stood apart from other performers of her era: she was no girl next door: somehow, she convinced you she was both pretty, sweet, and feminine, and she could kick the ass of the high school quarterback if he looked at her the wrong way.

You see, Amber was different. Her background was unconventional. Her childhood had more tragedy than you anything you’d wish on your worst enemy. She was a punk rock teen, who got into the adult film industry through a friendship with Althea Flynt, then wife of Hustler mogul, Larry Flynt. She saw the porn movies as a vehicle of personal expression, not to mention rebellion against the strict world around her. She dated Jamie Gillis, the industry’s king of kink, for years. And she was the first to use her adult film stardom to make a fortune feature dancing all over North America.

And did I mention that she had a brother, Buck Adams, who was also in the porn business at the same time? How did that work?

Amber had a long career, with many ups as well as a few downs. Let’s face it, she partied like it was 1999 when it was still only 1985.

But perhaps what’s most remarkable about Amber is that unlike almost every other person with whom she started out, she’s still going strong. She’s re-invented herself more times than time and again.

Nowadays her fame has led to the mainstream, she was in a cameo in a Michael Douglas TV show, she was mentioned in HBO’s The Deuce, she’s a philanthropist and an avid animal rights activist, and she has her own radio show.

What is it like being the last woman standing from the golden age?

You can visit Amber’s site here.

This episode is 104 minutes long.

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



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  • Posted On: 31st May 2020
  • By: Ashley West
  • Under: Podcasts


  1. Ron Palmer · May 31, 2020 Reply

    I can’t tell you how much I’ve been looking forward to this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Josh Jones (JJ) · May 31, 2020 Reply

    I’m listening right now… and I love the origin stories!
    Your podcasts are amazing: thanks for the human face you give the industry.

    • April Hall · May 31, 2020 Reply

      Thank you so much JJ!

    • George Rexroad · December 12, 2023 Reply

      Excellent podcast. T.T. Boy recently posted an interview with Amber on his YouTube, however as with most of his interviews he is a horrible interviewer as he is a horrible person and a liar. Thank you again Rialto Report.

  3. Tom Peak · May 31, 2020 Reply

    Amber is one of a kind… Pure and simple… Loved her thru the Jamie Gillis days.. Right thru the Goldfingers days with Mr happy Steve Paled… She is stunning with an edge…Oh Boy..

  4. Kyl Sabyr · May 31, 2020 Reply

    The Rialto report never ceases to amaze me! I thought you’ve outdone yourselves with the Randy Spears podcast episode, but this one, I was not expecting. The living legend, and the last woman standing from the Golden Age active in the industry and then some with her philanthropy oh, and her Radio podcast series! Definitely worth the wait! Thank you Ashley and April.

  5. Howie Gordon · May 31, 2020 Reply

    WOW! AMBER! WHAT A STORY! After all these years, I basically knew none of that about you! My heart goes out to you in celebrating an amazing triumph of the human spirit! Your story is an awesome display of humanity!
    We met, of course, on the set of TEN LITTLE MAIDENS(1985) . . . in an insane banquet scene with an ENORMOUS array of X-RATED talent (Eric Edwards, Paul Thomas, Harry Reems, Jamie Gillis, Ginger Lynn, Lisa De Leeuw, Nina Hartley, Janey Robbins, and you and me) for one movie. And Jamie and you just took over that whole scene with a sexual food display that made Albert Finney’s TOM JONES of the previous generation look like child’s play. THAT SCENE IS A TRUE CLASSIC MOMENT NOW IN ALL CINEMA HISTORY, ADULT OR OTHERWISE!
    So, you get a BRAVA and a standing ovation from me! And my love! Best of luck to wherever the road is taking you next, Howie Gordon, aka the ghost of Richard Pacheco.

    PS Ashley, April, this all just keeps getting better and better!

  6. Greg Y. · May 31, 2020 Reply

    Amazing interview…. WE LOVE YOU AMBER!!!!!

    Intimate candid revealing interview that is a revelation from start to finish.


  7. Joe · May 31, 2020 Reply

    Amber is so open and frank.
    She clearly trusts the interviewer.
    This makes it a insightful and valuable addition to the history that is so expertly compiled here.

  8. Milf Cub · May 31, 2020 Reply

    Amber is a legend, the Hall of Fame should build her her own wing! She has always been in top shape and even today she puts girls half her age to shame. Though she doesn’t actually have any kids Amber is the queen of milf porn. She did an amazing scene with a then 18 year old James Deen “Older Women Younger Men 9” Amber was 22 years older than James, but gave the teenager all he could handle! I’m sorry we never got to see Amber Lynn do a scene with the late great Dave Cummings, they would have been good together. I know Amber came along 5 years before Dirty Debutantes but it would have been cool to see Amber with Ed Powers too! She is the best

  9. Guest · May 31, 2020 Reply

    Amber is a true survivor, she weathered the storm and is at her best today. Talk about a career, wow!
    Billy Glide, Brandon Iron, Harry Reems, Jamie Gillis, Jerry Butler, John Holmes, John Leslie, Kevin James, R. Bolla,
    Ray Victory, Sasha Gabor,

    Can’t believe the list of performers that Amber has done scenes with who have passed away.

  10. Brandon · May 31, 2020 Reply

    Amber’s story is really uplifting. Another great podcast.

  11. Jon Schappell · May 31, 2020 Reply

    Yours is the only podcast I listen to!
    Excellent interviews!

  12. Ken Anderson · May 31, 2020 Reply

    In these troubled times, there are few things I can trust.

    The Rialto Report is one. This interview is everything that I love about this site.

    Amber is funny, moving, and educational, and ultimately uplifting.

    Listening to this was the best thing I’ve done this week.


  13. Moonlight Rum Racer · May 31, 2020 Reply

    I think my favorite part of the interview is when Amber tells you her older brothers were the cool guys who had a car club. I’m picturing guys from the mid 1970’s who could of hung out with the party guys in the movie Dazed and Confused.

  14. Paolo · May 31, 2020 Reply


    Finalmente…. Grazie, grazie!!!


  15. Jack Lee · May 31, 2020 Reply

    Seriously good.

    R.I.P. Dumb DVD commentaries by dick wad fans.

    Long live smart interviews like this.

    Thank you Amber. Your honesty is a breath of fresh air. You are a treasure.

  16. In Sin · May 31, 2020 Reply

    Thanks for another great report. Amber was different from other video stars. Tough exterior, and now I know why. I hope she finds peace and happiness.

  17. Guest · May 31, 2020 Reply

    What was the deal with Amber Lynn and Kym Wilde? I remember renting Virgin Kink 14 and wondering how this scene will play out since Kym and Amber both have Alpha personalities. Kym tried to get Amber to be submissive and she wasn’t having any of it, it looked like they were about to fight but Jamie Gillis got between them and broke it up. At first I thought this was how the scene was scripted?
    But it looked like Amber was really pissed and Kym never came back to finish the scene so I guess that was real? Nobody puts Baby in the corner and nobody dominates Amber!

    Amber please make a movie with Jordi El Nino Polla and Juan El Caballo Loco? 🙏

  18. Steve · June 1, 2020 Reply

    I never met him, but I was the same age as Buck Adams and went to many car rallies and street races in Orange County in the early seventies, never knowing that, while I grew up in Garden Grove, he and Amber were just a couple miles down Chapman Ave, in Orange. I probably even went to the drag races at Orange County Raceway at the same time as Buck, if he was the muscle car fan that Amber said he was. Amber would have only been about 10 years old at that time, so I doubt she went to any of the rallies or races, but there were quite a few adult book stores in Garden Grove in 1984 when she broke out big, and boy did I sure learn about her then! Amber, Ginger, Nina, Traci and Christy, all broke out that year and were all there for me to rent for the night anytime I wanted! Unquestionably the greatest year for porn ever, and the main reason I paid nearly a thousand dollars for a VCR back then! (My wife kinda freaked over that, but she enjoyed the tapes too.) Wish I had those tapes now!

    Another great podcast Ashley! Rialto Report scores again! She must have been a hard interview for you to get, because I would think she should have been high on your list. And for having grown up in the O.C., she sure doesn’t sound much like a Cali girl these days, she sounds more like she’s from the East coast. But still hot!

  19. J.G.A. · June 1, 2020 Reply

    Very nice podcast! Touching and exciting. Feels like listinging to an old friend from the teen years.
    Would be nice to hear more about Buck Adams.

    Please do a podcast with Loni Sanders!

  20. Jeff Robertson · June 3, 2020 Reply

    I’m old school motion picture from 1970 through 1993 hopefully get interview Peter North

  21. Rick · June 3, 2020 Reply

    Wonderful interview! But when she was talking about brother Buck Adams, how did you NOT sample “White Wedding” by Billy Idol? (“Hey little sister, what have you done…..?”)

    • Ashley West · June 3, 2020 Reply

      As is our normal practice, all songs are selected by the interviewee (i.e. Amber herself in this interview)… and that wasn’t one of her selections… 😉

      • In Sin · June 5, 2020 Reply

        Really? That’s interesting. Byron picked “Come As You Are” for his interview? Now I’m going to stay up all night attaching music selections to performers…

  22. Robert · June 3, 2020 Reply

    That was not only a great interview but a great conversation Ashley!When I was younger,I thought that Amber and Ginger were sisters,LMAO.
    Keep up the great work,both you and April !!

  23. Jeff Robertson · June 4, 2020 Reply

    Awesome interview Amber Lynn 1980s and early 90s x-rated film star thank you Ashley and April keep up the good work

  24. Roger Feelbert · June 6, 2020 Reply

    Yet another instant classic.

    Love (re)hearing the story of Amber meeting Ginger. (I’m almost positive Ginger told her side of it Episode 43…. Guess I’ll have to listen again to confirm!)

    Thanks for all the hard work!

  25. dc · June 6, 2020 Reply

    A little heartbreaking for me. You want the best for Amber, and find yourself routing for her. I am so happy she came out a winner. Would have liked to hear more about the actors she worked with, as well as directors. Maybe I’m a horrible gossip!? Just wonderful work, Rialto. Going to pick up the Sarno book as well! The rapport you both have and sensitivity is unparalleled.

    Broken record from me: Desiree Cousteau and Leslie Bovee.

  26. just.eric.7 · June 6, 2020 Reply

    Wow that was good! It was heartbreaking for me to hear how much suffering and terrible things that happened to her as a youth!! It’s a miracle she made it through and is still here! Amber was one of my favorites from those 80s days and I watched so many of her films. A personal fave is If My Mother Only Knew which is an excellent film co starring Tom Byron, Honey Wilder and John Leslie. The filming, acting and script are excellent as well as having hot sex scenes!

    Thanks again for a top shelf podcast!!

  27. Paul Murray · June 7, 2020 Reply

    What a great podcast with the legendary Amber and congratulations to Amber herself for telling her compelling story with such frankness and good humour. In an incredibly competitive field she had the Midas touch in her heyday. The DP/ Ginger story was hilarious yet Amber once managed a DV which seems even trickier to me. I’ve always wondered whether Amber took her name from Henry V111’s 2nd wife but alas it seems not…..
    Great to see our fellow Brits the superlatively talented Suze and Clive McLean play an important part in Amber’s career.
    Two tantalising glimpses there of the beautiful Honey Wilder. She’s not only the landlady every man dreams of but of course appeared in more than a few golden age movies. She would be an outstanding interview candidate if only to reveal just how much of the funniest ever porn scene was scripted or improvised. I am of course referring to the one with Janey and Tommy from Private Teacher.
    Thank you RR and all the very best

  28. JB · June 7, 2020 Reply

    This is literally the hottest woman to ever do it by a wide margin. In my youth, I rented tapes exploring and then
    I found Amber on a box cover. My life hasn’t been the same since then. Her looks have held up all these years.
    I can’t thank The Rialto Report enough for this one. You brought back my “Youth Gone Wild”

  29. MR · June 22, 2020 Reply

    That was a great interview! I’m so happy to hear how well adjusted she is and the way she has dealt with her adversity.
    Thanks for hitting on all of the big questions, in the respectful way that you at the Rialto always manage to do.

  30. william litzler · June 27, 2020 Reply

    Great interview. Am I mistaken, or was Serena never mentioned?

  31. Joe FromSD · July 10, 2020 Reply

    This is a great interview – so glad Amber is doing well!

  32. Teddy · September 3, 2021 Reply


    I have just liked to know that if Amber Lynn part in love bites is done in one take or in two different take during the elevator?

    Can you find out as I find it probably strange that three in the same time in one scene as of separately take as part of it was as in term of American adult industry “creampie”.

    Thanks for your response regarding to this question.

  33. Daniel · March 9, 2022 Reply

    As a young adult, I had heard of Amber Lynn but by the time I ever got my hands on a pornographic tape, her prime was over. Recently, I started looking at all the Titles Vinegar Syndrome had released on their site. One film caught my eye. It was Sorority Sweethearts and so I found it on xhamster. It was actually kind of good. When I skipped over all the cumshots the sex scenes weren’t grossing me out. The direction was good, the acting not bad, and the production values were on par with low budget R rated sex comedies of the 80’s. Recognizing some talent was on display, I started looking for other movies from the director, Paul Vatelli, on Xhamster.

    Paul was fairly talented when given the opportunity. It’s hit and miss for him depending on the budget and if he were allowed to shoot on film. I immediately skipped anything not uploaded in HD and looking like a cheap VHS rip of a movie until I came across “If My Mother…Only Knew”. There was a very youthful looking Amber Lynn being incredibly naughty.

    Although the story line was kind of sickening, I enjoyed seeing her naked. Her boobs were very cute and her shower and lesbian scenes were incredibly arousing. Paul seemed to enjoy filming his starlets in the shower. I must have watched five of his films so far and each featured a woman masturbating in the shower. Awesome. I never skipped over those scenes. Even the boy/ girl scenes arent nearly as disgusting as in other films. Most of the men are very gentle to the ladies and respectful. Il

    Amber is definitely a beauty from the other side of the tracks and I get why she was a big star in the 80’s. That hiney of hers is bellissimo.

    Paul Vatelli seems to be rather mysterious. I couldn’t find out much about him other than he might have been gay. I also think he would have made some great movies if he had started out in the early 70’s. He was more active in the 80’s and there weren’t as many movies shot on film.

  34. MistyK the DJ · April 20, 2023 Reply

    This was a great interview! She survived a lot of tragedy! Glad she came out thriving! Great music choices too!


  35. Norman · May 4, 2024 Reply

    Have to appreciate Amber Lynn and her group of actresses in the era who refused to do interracial sex scenes “except with Billy Dee”. She, along with Christy Canyon were legends for this, and created a whole genre of “pure” adult actresses who didn’t have that in their resume. To this day there are schools of adult actresses who follow this path. Nothing like leaving a lasting legacy, I always say.

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