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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.
Amber, with Ginger Lynn
I can’t tell you how much I’ve been looking forward to this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hope it lives up to expectations!
I’m listening right now… and I love the origin stories!
Your podcasts are amazing: thanks for the human face you give the industry.
Thank you so much JJ!
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..
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.
We’re so grateful for the kind words Kyl!
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!
Heart you Howie!
Amazing interview…. WE LOVE YOU AMBER!!!!!
Intimate candid revealing interview that is a revelation from start to finish.
Thank you Greg!
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.
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
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.
Amber’s story is really uplifting. Another great podcast.
Yours is the only podcast I listen to!
Thanks so much Jon!
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.
Thank you so much Ken!
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.
Finalmente…. Grazie, grazie!!!
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.
Thanks so much Jack!
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.
Thank you In Sin!
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? 🙏
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!
Thank you Steve!
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!
We appreciate it J.G.A.!
I’m old school motion picture from 1970 through 1993 hopefully get interview Peter North
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…..?”)
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… 😉
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…
in byron’s case it’s “cum as you are”
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 !!
Thank you Robert!
Awesome interview Amber Lynn 1980s and early 90s x-rated film star thank you Ashley and April keep up the good work
We appreciate it Jeff!
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!
Thank you Roger!
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.
We appreciate it dc!
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!!
Thanks so much Eric!
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
Thanks so much for the feedback Paul!
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”
Happy to hear that JB!
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.
We appreciate it MR!
Great interview. Am I mistaken, or was Serena never mentioned?
This is a great interview – so glad Amber is doing well!
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.
This was a great interview! She survived a lot of tragedy! Glad she came out thriving! Great music choices too!