‘Once Upon a Time… In The Valley’: Episode 6 – Fake Out and Make Out

‘Once Upon a Time… In The Valley’: Episode 6 – Fake Out and Make Out

‘Once Upon a Time…in the Valley’, a new podcast series co-produced and co-presented by Vanity Fair’s Lili Anolik and The Rialto Report’s Ashley West, continues today with the sixth episode.

Episode 6: Fake Out and Make Out
The adult industry is screwed. The question is: Who’s doing the screwing?

With Christy Canyon, Tim Connolly, Amber Lynn, Ginger Lynn, Paul Fishbein, John Weston, Veronica Hart, Suze Randall, Humphry Knipe, Tom Byron, Jim South, Paul Thomas, Sharon Mitchell, Herschel Savage and more…

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Traci Lords



  • Posted On: 4th August 2020
  • By: Ashley West
  • Under: Podcasts


  1. Diane · August 4, 2020 Reply

    All I can say so far is, WOW!

    I really would like to salute you for your bravery and thorough detective work on this series! That letter written by Traci Lord’s sister really knocked me on my keister! And you have a Part Three in the series on top of that! My God!

    The reason why I use the word bravery is because I’m sure you’re aware of all the one star reviews written by people who title their reviews with exclamations like “She Was A Minor,” blah blah blah! The fact that you are going forward with this series amidst this sea of ‘wedontwanttohearit!’ nonsense ( from both sides of the political aisle, no doubt) is quite admirable. Yes, she was a minor-but it is not as simple as these complainers would have us believe. As someone who got sick and tired of Traci Lords always being portrayed as a victim, especially by an industry like Hollywood that is rife with casting couch stories and even pedos ( documentary called “An Open Secret”), I find this investigative work to be refreshing and downright thrilling-especially in an age of absolute mediocrity that is mind-numbingly depressing.

    May you guys receive a Peabody for your work!

    Thanks again 😀

    • Kim-Jane · August 5, 2020 Reply

      I agree with Diane – and I was hesitating to leave my response but she has given me the confidence to do so.
      Once Upon a Time is a rare beast in this age: a fearless though careful, stylish though well-researched, slick though frank, eye-popping though believable story.

      Sadly some people – and these are the precious cancel-culture self-appointed watchdogs who are killing anything that dares to look at a potentially uncomfortable subject – would prefer not to address controversial topics.

      It’s a shame because they’re missing out on the best damn podcast that I’ve heard. Please don’t stop, the future of the story – and of clear-minded brilliantly-researched daring storytelling depends on people like you.

      • Diane · August 6, 2020 Reply


        In one small paragraph ( the second one ) you summed up the quality of the podcast better than I ever could! Brilliant!

    • Barbara · August 8, 2020 Reply

      Well said.

  2. In Sin · August 5, 2020 Reply

    Ok, things are starting to heat up. One question: if Traci planned on making her one legal film, why did she choose such a lousy film.? Traci I Love You is dull.

    • Barbara · August 8, 2020 Reply

      Because she was a lousy filmmaker? Because she was let down by the people she chose? Because she believed her own hype and thought that having the only legal movie would be all she needed for all those fans she didn’t anticipate would be creeped out when they found out and way too afraid to admit that knew who she was?

      • In Sin · August 10, 2020 Reply

        It still doesn’t make sense. The one movie that you want everyone to see, and it’s a piece of crap? Go all the way to Europe to film this?

  3. Ron S · August 7, 2020 Reply

    This reportage just continues to astound.

    We live in an age where many may look at this and other Rialto Report stories as a part of cultural history and go, what does it matter? It’s ancient history. Who cares? Like Liberty Valance, “when the legend becomes the fact, print the legend”. Except for a rare few (looking at you, Ashley) who go… “um, well… the truth?”

    Kudos to all. Looking forward to the conclusion.

    PS: And while I enjoy Lili Anolik’s smooth and professional journalistic style, I am a big fan of April Hall’s crisp Chandleresque staccato. You are indeed fortunate to have both collaborating with you. Just sayin’.

  4. Ben · August 9, 2020 Reply

    This series has exceeded my expectations. I wondered if The Rialto Report would ever tackle the topic of Traci Lords, but Once Upon is a different beast altogether. It’s measured and thorough rather than conversational, though the firsthand accounts are vital. What a reveal in this episode! Ashley acting as interpreter on Traci’s final adult shoot!

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