The Secret Life of Dolly Sharp, Part 3: Whatever Happened to Dolly Sharp? – Podcast 111

The Secret Life of Dolly Sharp, Part 3: Whatever Happened to Dolly Sharp? – Podcast 111

In the first part of ‘The Secret Life of Dolly Sharp’, I went in search for the enigmatic Deep Throat actor with the mysterious past, who seemed to disappear from the face of the earth back in 1972.

I spoke to Gerry Damiano and Harry Reems who worked with Dolly on ‘Deep Throat’, to actors who appeared in other films with her like Fred Lincoln and Jamie Gillis, even one of the first porn agents, Tallie Cochrane.

In the second part, I found that Dolly had had a long and successful career on stage and in movies long before she entered the adult film industry.

This is the third part of our mini-series, The Secret Life of Dolly Sharp – Part 3: Whatever Happened to Dolly Sharp?

This podcast is 30 minutes long.


Helen WoodHelen with Kurt Karzner, in Give a Girl a Break (1953)


Helen WoodHelen Wood, in the musical ‘Seventeen’


Helen WoodHelen Wood, in the musical ‘Seventeen’


Helen WoodHelen, in Give a Girl a Break (1953)


Helen WoodHelen at the Frontier in Las Vegas (late 1950s)


  • Posted On: 3rd October 2021
  • By: Ashley West
  • Under: Podcasts


  1. Kyle · October 3, 2021 Reply

    I’ve been waiting for this episode for the last few weeks, and now I find out there are two more episdes (including this one….?!?!)

    The suspense is killing me!!! Seriously – thanks for all the amazing work.

  2. Jay Rogers · October 3, 2021 Reply

    This is one of the best podcast series I’ve ever heard.
    Absolutely fantastic storytelling.
    Keep them coming.

  3. Chris Williams · October 3, 2021 Reply

    This story just keeps getting more and more twisted. I don’t know what awards are given to podcast producers, but you definitely deserve to win one or more of them. It is depressing to hear this obsessive man, recording every phone call and even his therapy sessions, as he spirals down into a state that usually ends in murder/suicide.

  4. Jeff Robertson · October 3, 2021 Reply

    It Was So Awesome Podcast I’m Really Enjoying

  5. Carl Mills · October 3, 2021 Reply

    And now I see why you’ve added an extra episode… Please don’t leave us hanging. This is spellbinding.

  6. Blaine · October 3, 2021 Reply

    I feel sorry for Helen. To be judged so harshly for something that happened before they met.
    How sad it must have been for her.

  7. Michael Perry · October 3, 2021 Reply

    This work is masterful. For all of the “fans” who think Ashley has “left us hanging”, you just haven’t deeply indulged in the richness of his work.

    The man is a frikin’ perfectionist!!!!! Not content to offer just one treatment, he does an even deeper dive and brings a counterculture nobility to the outlaws that have shaped our contemporary culture.

    Yeah! I was the kid who both read the Playboy Magazine AND looked at the pictures. It no different with this site!!!!

    Thank you April Hall and Ashley West. The only thing more fun than cross researching characters in your site using the hyperlinks is watching The Duece and trying to figure out how much of your research made it into that HBO show.


  8. Gilbert · October 3, 2021 Reply

    Just finished the latest episode. The boyfriend, John, sounds like a real self-righteous POS. Classic pious misogynist.

    Can’t wait for the conclusion.

  9. Smoghat · October 3, 2021 Reply

    Great podcast, I hope we get the next one soon. The suspense between 2 and 3 was nuts!

  10. Paul · October 3, 2021 Reply


    I thought I knew the story having read other articles about it on this fine site, but just when I thought I knew it, you take the story to a different level.

  11. —— · October 3, 2021 Reply

    In the words of Carly Simon

    Nobody does it better
    Makes me feel sad for the rest
    Nobody does it half as good as you
    Baby, you’re the best

  12. Martin · October 4, 2021 Reply

    The best episode yet… and amazing to hear the new information – such as Dolly’s voice and their conversations about her past. Incredible find. Who knew this even existed???

  13. Pat Newsome · October 4, 2021 Reply

    Congratulations. Each episode adds to the previous one, and layers in a new dimension. So happy that there is ANOTHER episode – what a wealth of new detail.

    • April Hall · October 6, 2021 Reply

      Thank you Pat!

    • Darrin Porter · April 12, 2022 Reply

      I think she used men. Her 1st husband said she cheated on him many times, this would explain why she went in the direction of porn. I dont believe she needed the money. She was under contract with a major studio earning a substantial sum, and she was required to set aside 20%. I think she made the sex films because she loved sex. She could’ve made money as a waitress in the 70s just as she did in the 80s

  14. Jeff C · October 4, 2021 Reply

    Having read the Dolly Sharp article on the site some years ago, I knew the direction that the story was going to take. I was not expecting the recordings included here, which flesh out that story beautifully but also make it more disturbing than the printed version. I doubt Helen Wood was aware of what John was doing. It feels like I am eavesdropping on these people’s lives. That he kept those recordings for decades speaks a lot about John’s personality.

  15. Paolo · October 5, 2021 Reply

    Holy crap. The long wait was worth it! Kudos!

  16. Thomas Kackley · October 7, 2021 Reply

    It was great the first time, but this takes things to another level. Intensity off the chart!

    Great work. Thank you as always Ashley.

  17. Mike · October 7, 2021 Reply

    Been waiting on this one and it didn’t disappoint! Cant wait on the final episode.

  18. Mark · October 10, 2021 Reply

    So, the husband is disturbed about his wife’s former life but recording personal phone calls and therapy sessions seems more creepy and weird to me. In many countries it’s actually illegal to record people without their consent.

    • Fact Checker · October 10, 2021 Reply

      And your assumption is that consent wasn’t obtained….?
      Have you checked this? Seems like a stretch to make this statement without knowing.

  19. cary · October 12, 2021 Reply

    what a cliff, would jump if i had too to get more, lol.


  20. Chris Flash · October 25, 2021 Reply

    AMAZING WORK, as always, Ashley. Helen’s story would make a much more interesting film than the horribly-botched “Lovelace” movie from 2013.

    What I don’t get is wherethehell Helen’s boyfriend John gets off being upset about HER past. It was HER life with HER choices. That nobody was fortunate that she chose to be with him.

    Helen’s story is fascinating, especially as you have presented it. I am about to check out Part Four.


    Chris Flash

  21. Tom · August 7, 2022 Reply

    The audio from “Sexual Customs in Scandinavia” is a scream.

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