High Society in 1980 – Balancing Mainstream and XXX

High Society in 1980 – Balancing Mainstream and XXX

In 1979, the fourth year of High Society, the magazine pushed towards the mainstream, profiling clothed stars like Linda Ronstadt and Roger Daltrey – and nude celebrities including Lindsay Wagner and Farrah Fawcett.

But in 1980, the publication was re-balancing it’s focus. While it still profiled mainstream names like Margot Kidder and Marilu Henner, it brought back more adult industry talent – stars like Serena, Desiree Cousteau, Rhonda Jo Petty, and Kelly Nichols.

You can read the previous four years of High Society here: 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979.

Fully digitized copies of each magazine from 1980 can be found below. You can find The Rialto Report’s growing collection of digitized resources by choosing Library in our site menu. 

Click on the covers below to access the full magazines. Due to the fact that the magazines are scanned in high definition, allow time for each page to load. If you are viewing on a phone, view in landscape orientation.

Magazines are fully searchable; use the icon displayed in each magazine to search by keyword.

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High Society: The Complete 1980 Issues

January 1980 (Vol 4, No. 8)

Contents:

High Society 1980-01 Plasmatics feature
Margot Kidder interview and pictorial
-Columns by Gloria Leonard, Lesllie Bovee, and others
Serena interview and pictorial
-Leading ladies of porn calendar
-Older women and younger men
-Reader fantasy of the month
-Assorted nude model pictorials

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February 1980 (Vol 4, No. 9)

Contents:

High Society 1980-02 -High Society ‘jizz poll’ winners
Bianca interview and pictorial
-Columns by Annette Haven, Marlene Willoughby and others
Laura Antonelli profile and pictorial
Desiree Cousteau profile and pictorial
-Lights, Camera, Action: a couple making porn films
-Reader fantasy of the month
-Assorted nude model pictorials

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March 1980 (Vol 4, No. 10)

Contents:

High Society 1980-03 Laurien Dominique interview and pictorial
Kelly Nichols gift guide and pictorial
-Columns by Arcadia Lake, Marco Vassi, and others
-Atlantic City’s Hardcore Hardsell
Gloria Leonard cartoon
-Reader fantasy of the month
-Assorted nude model pictorials

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April 1980 (Vol 4, No. 11)

Contents:

High Society 1980-04 Xaviera Hollander profile
Kelly Nichols gift guide and pictorial
-Columns by Jill Monro, Tanqueray, and others
Samantha Fox interview and pictorial
Gloria Leonard cartoon
Marilu Henner profile
-Reader fantasy of the month
-Assorted nude model pictorials

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May 1980 (Vol 4, No. 12)

Contents:

High Society 1980-05
Arcadia Lake/Eric Edwards pictorial
-Columns by Toni Rose and others
Candida Royalle interview and pictorial
Gloria Leonard pictorial and cartoon
-Erotic adventures in San Quentin
-Assorted nude model pictorials

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June 1980 (Vol 5, No. 1)

Contents:

High Society 1980-06 Chris Rush interview
-Columns by Veri Knotty and others
-Gloria Leonard visits the Chicken Ranch
Kelly Nichols interview and pictorial
Gloria Leonard cartoon
-Hollywood nudes including Dyan Cannon, Angie Dickinson, and Pam Grier
-Assorted nude model pictorials

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July 1980 (Vol 5, No. 2)

Contents:

High Society 1980-07 Muhammed Ali interview
-Shooting Chuck Vincent‘s Lady is a Tramp
-Columns by Samantha Fox, Bobby Astyr, and others
-Gloria Leonard cartoon
Adrienne Barbeau profile and pictorial
-Sex life of a suburban housewife
Rhonda Jo Petty interview and pictorial
-Assorted nude model pictorials

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August 1980 (Vol 5, No. 3)

Contents:

High Society 1980-08 Millie Jackson interview
-Gloria Leonard covers Miami nightlife
-Columns by Michelle Peters and others
Seka interview & pictorial
Jayne Mansfield profile and pictorial
-Tara Alexandar interview and pictorial
-Assorted nude model pictorials

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September 1980 (Vol 5, No. 4)

Contents:

High Society 1980-09 -Carrying on at Cannes
-Columns by Candida Royalle, Sandie Suarez, and others
-Profile of software on television
Diane Keaton profile and pictorial
Hillary Summers interview and pictorial
-Gloria Leonard cartoon
-Assorted nude model pictorials

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October 1980 (Vol 5, No. 5)

Contents:

High Society 1980-10 Paula Klaw: The First Lady of Bondage
-Columns by Tami Roche and others
Phaedra Grant interview and pictorial
-Kink quiz
Valerie Perrine profile and pictorial
-Reviews: Insatiable, Angie, Pink Champagne
-Reader fantasy of the month
-Assorted nude model pictorials

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November 1980 (Vol 5, No. 6)

Contents:

High Society 1980-11 -The real story behind the Dog Day Afternoon robbery
-Columns by Lorie Armbrust and others
Merle Michaels interview and pictorial
Angie Dickinson profile and pictorial
Nancy Allen pictorial
-Miss Nude Playhouse
-Reviews: The Lady is a Tramp, Pink Ladies, Taboo, Vista Valley PTA
-Reader fantasy of the month
-Assorted nude model pictorials

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December 1980 (Vol 5, No. 7)

Contents:

High Society 1980-12 -Wild and crazy guys from the Crazy Horse Saloon
-Gloria Leonard and John Holmes pictorial
-Columns by Iris De La Cruz and others
-Gloria Leonard cartoon
Ali MacGraw profile and pictorial
-Reviews: Starship Eros, Games Women Play
-Reader fantasy of the month
Lisa de Leeuw interview and pictorial
-Assorted nude model pictorials

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  • Posted On: 19th December 2021
  • By: Ashley West
  • Under: Articles

8 Comments

  1. James · December 19, 2021 Reply

    Do you guys ever take a break….!!? Every single Sunday a new goodie to enjoy.
    You are truly a highlight of my week (I know, I know, I should get out more, but seriously, I love you guys.)

  2. Mary Lou Danes · December 19, 2021 Reply

    I love these magazine scans. Truly the most comprehensive series of magazines and history reveals itself all over again.

    xxoo

  3. Jeff Robertson · December 19, 2021 Reply

    I Like Jayne Mansfield From The 50s Pinup Model Keep Up Good work Merry Christmas

  4. J. Walter Puppybreath · December 19, 2021 Reply

    I love the ads as much as the rest of the mags. Hysterical!

  5. David · December 19, 2021 Reply

    Love the magazine scans especially High Society and Celebrity Skin. Thank you!

    • J. Walter Puppybreath · December 20, 2021 Reply

      ‘Love the magazine scans, especially High Society and Celebrity Skin’

      My problem with the ‘Celebrity Skin’ craze: I’ve NEVER wanted to see ANY of those people nekkid.

  6. Roger · December 21, 2021 Reply

    This column is GREAT!! Keep it up

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