Introducing: ‘Once Upon A Time… In The Valley’

Introducing: ‘Once Upon A Time… In The Valley’

Before there were sex tapes, there were sex tapes.

Before there was Paris or Kim, there was Traci.

The first, the best, the O.G. Hardcore since ’84. 

From the Peabody-nominated C13Originals studios and Vanity Fair’s Lili Anolik, comes Once Upon a Time… in the Valley, featuring The Rialto Report’s Ashley West


In the roaring 1980s X world, Traci Lords reigned supreme. No one questioned her right to sovereignty.

Only, it turned out, the biggest star in Adult, wasn’t one. As America would discover in July 1986, when the FBI busted down her door. Traci Lords was really Nora Kuzma, who entered the industry as a 15-year-old high school sophomore. Traci, the victim, was saved. And the industry, the villain, was very nearly destroyed.

But what if the victim here was also the villain; the villain, also the victim?

‘Once Upon a Time… in the Valley’ is the world’s first real-life psychological thriller and porno-noir mystery.

Just think Boogie Nights—if Boogie Nights had a three-way with Gone Girl and A Star is Born.



The Rialto Report’s Ashley West is a producer and co-presenter on the show.

Once Upon a Time…in the Valley launches with the first three episodes on July 14, 2020, via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RADIO.COM and everywhere podcasts are available. New episodes will drop every Tuesday throughout the series. Listen to the trailer and subscribe to the series for free here.

Note: This podcast contains adult language and storylines; not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.


  • Posted On: 10th July 2020
  • By: Ashley West
  • Under: Podcasts


  1. Dan · July 10, 2020 Reply

    I can’t imagine a more perfect combination of subject matter and expertise than Traci Lords… and The Rialto Report~!! This is genuinely exciting.

    • George Rexroad · December 20, 2023 Reply

      Traci wasn’t the first. In 1983 my wife was 16, living in the San Fernando Valley. She did some nude modeling for a photographer when was well associated with the adult film industry. Through his introduction my wife was offered a girl next door role in a film for which she was paid $10,000 for three scenes. It was her one and only venture into the adult film industry.

  2. Yannis K · July 10, 2020 Reply

    DANG!!!!!!! I am literally salivating at the prospect of this??? How many episodes is it?? Please tell me it is at least 5 or 6. I can’t wait……!

  3. Thomas Jones · July 10, 2020 Reply

    Normally I’d be skeptical about this: a story where the truth has never been told, and plenty of rumors and innuendo. I have seen fanzines and dumb articles repeat half truths for years, and yet….

    I know this is in good hands. There is no one, NO ONE, who have done what The Rialto Report has done over recent years with the history of the adult film industry. The quality and intelligence is unparalleled and the investigative journalism is exhaustive.

    I have a feeling this will be the number one podcast of the year.

    Bring it on….

  4. Frazier Hill · July 10, 2020 Reply

    Something tells me this is gonna be good………………………………..

  5. Hun · July 10, 2020 Reply

    Who was the real victim…?

    Traci, the poor wounded lamb, or the bad guys from the XXX industry….?

    I’ve a feeling the truth is going to come out… 34 years later.

    Bring it…

  6. Jeff Robertson · July 10, 2020 Reply

    This is before Edwin Meese Commission Traci Lords underage from 1986 that was interesting thank you

  7. Rangifer · July 11, 2020 Reply

    I found out a few decades ago that Traci is 4 days younger than I am. When I think back about what I was doing in 1984 as a high school job (delivering the Denver Post on my Mongoose with recently purchased mag wheels) versus what she was doing… Well, suffice to say I kept my innocence a bit longer than she did. I’m looking forward to listening to this.

  8. just.eric.7 · July 12, 2020 Reply

    Oh boy I can’t wait to hear this!! Having heard tales of Traci’s antics on and off camera from several big stars of the era, I tend to believe that this “victim” was nothing of the sort! Traci knew exactly what she was doing from day one!! She was certainly very good (to say the least) at her job and after discovering her movies in late 1984, I was a fan. When the shit hit the fan in 1986 I was quite surprised to find out she was actually 2 years younger than me!! LOL

  9. Thomas Walsh · July 12, 2020 Reply

    What a way to start 5 stars out of 5 and it isn’t July 14th yet lol

  10. Alan G · July 12, 2020 Reply

    Just added to my Stitcher Favorites!!

  11. Steve · July 12, 2020 Reply

    Oh Rialto! Why must you tease us so? Please, please, please, give me an early Christmas present and make an interview with Traci Lords your 100th podcast! I do LOVE this site!

    • just.eric.7 · July 13, 2020 Reply

      Traci would sooner slit her own throat than agree to an interview with The Rialto Report!! LOL

      April would tear her to pieces (In her calm, cool, intelligent, very informed way 😎)and call her out on all the bullshit she has said since 1986 and admit to making it all up instead of owning it!!

  12. In Sin · July 12, 2020 Reply

    I look forward to listening to this podcast. I have read several accounts of Traci’s adult career, including her own memoir. Unfortunately her own book is flawed with outright lies. It’s unbelievable that she was able to fool a multi-million dollar industry full of professionals. I hope this podcast is objective with facts. I’ll check in after the first episode.

    • Bondurant · July 12, 2020 Reply

      How is it unbelievable when the US government gave her a passport saying she was of age?

      • In Sin · July 12, 2020 Reply

        Well, she wasn’t engaged in sex on camera for years with the Feds, at least not that we know of…

    • Kyl Sabyr · July 12, 2020 Reply

      I totally agree. I refuse to watch anything with Traci Lords in it, even if it’s mainstream, and obviously anything she appears underage in. She did herself and the industry a great disservice thereby lying about her age to get in the adult industry, and lying about her being coaxed by Jim South into taking drugs. Just like Linda Lovelace put out her book called “Ordeal”, where she claimed that Gerard Damiano have someone point a gun at her if she didn’t participate in the hardcore sex scenes, when in actuality, she was beaten and abused by her then husband boyfriend or flat-out piece of shit Chuck Traynor. It was just for her to bask in the notoriety, all the while playing the victim, the same way Stormy Daniels claimed the now President Donald J Trump sexually abused and threatened her, but she has faded into Obscurity much like Traci, much like Linda, and anyone who is just out for a fast buck when they can’t take responsibility for their own actions, I would rather point the finger and everyone else other than themselves. It’s hard to believe that the former Traci Lords still has a fan base, even though anyone who worked in the industry that knew her, knows she purposely lied about her age, continues to play the victim, and she betrayed the industry with her controversy as of the industry still to this day doesn’t have enough controversy already.

  13. Timmer · July 12, 2020 Reply

    A close friend of mine was in the industry for a couple years during this time. He was in the last movie she made before the crap hit the fan. Went into hiding for 6 months before the fake id’s she used to get into the business came to light.

    Was enough for him to exit the business.

    • In Sin · July 13, 2020 Reply

      Was your friend in Traci I Love You? The whole concept that she owned the rights to her only legal film was bizarre. She wasn’t stupid.

  14. Timmer · July 13, 2020 Reply

    No I believe the only film he did with her was Beverly Hills Copulator

  15. Jimmy · July 13, 2020 Reply

    I believe the only way to get the full truth would be to sit Traci Lords in a room with Ginger Lynn and Christy Canyon (the three of them, I believe, were pretty close) and make sure Ginger doesn’t punch Traci out on sight.

    • Jackson · July 13, 2020 Reply

      Or alternatively, listen to this podcast series which features interviews with them…

      If you know anything about The Rialto Report, you know that no one is better at researching a subject and revealing the truth. These guys are the best in the business.

      I for one am beyond excited to hear this.

  16. 80's Fan · July 13, 2020 Reply

    Is there any question that Traci Lords should be the subject of a Rialto Report podcast? Love her, or hate her, people will tune in to listen! Traci’s deception of the porn industry might disgusts you, not to mention the adverse effects it had on innocent people like Ginger (“Traci’s just a cunt!”) Lynn, (Podcast #43), but you will listen and more than likely feel the need to convey that disgust right here in this forum. I absolutely believe, with the Rialto Report’s history of thoroughly researching and vetting their subjects, that the truth about the story of Traci Lords will come out, whether or not she actually has the fortitude to comes clean on her own.

    I cannot wait to hear this podcast tomorrow! I’ll probably be looking to see if it gets posted at midnight tonight! Thank you!

  17. Doonan McKaig · July 17, 2020 Reply

    So Traci says her first scene, which was with Tommy Byron, was being filmed without her consent and that she didn’t know it was being filmed until close to the end of the scene. Her first film (I believe was) What Gets Me Hot. If you’ve seen this scene, you know there is less than a zero percent chance that she was unaware she was being filmed. I’ve always tried to believe her story, but have always been skeptical of course. Hearing this claim from her in the podcast has proven to me once and for all, that she is and always has been, a humongous liar.

  18. Guido · December 25, 2021 Reply

    Where is it possible to check the transcript of TL episodes?

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