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Some interviews take longer to happen than others. As for Sue Nero: well… it’s complicated.
Let’s start at the beginning: Sue Nero was a larger than life, super-hero of a porn star. She harked back to the golden age of Hollywood movie queens – voluptuous, busty and shapely – an hourglass of beauty, but at the same time, she embodied pure sin and lust. She was the girl next door – if you lived next to house of ill-repute. but at the same time, she embodied pure sin and lust. She was the girl next door – if you lived next to house of ill-repute.
She was the rare example of a performer who had a fully-fledged movie career on the west coast and then the east coast. She had a prolific career of photo spreads in adult publications such as Gent, Adam, and Cinema-X Review. And she was one of the first stars to recognize the lucrative potential of touring around the country as a burlesque stripper. Her career was turbulent – marked by family issues, violent men, illicit drugs, and bad fortune – and the devoted adoration of her many fans.
Simply put, when we started The Rialto Report a decade ago, she was one of the people I wanted to interview the most.
But then there was that incident with the video.
Let me explain: I became friends with Sue several years ago, and we had plans to do an interview about her career as an actress and dancer. As a teaser, I suggested showing a video of her dance routine at the Harmony Theater on our Rialto Report website. Sue was thrilled to see the 35-year-old footage, and excited for us to share it. But within minutes of posting it, I started receiving messages – abusive and threatening – from her husband, Stan. Needless to say, I removed the video, and Sue and I scrapped plans to do an interview. Just as upsetting was that her husband seemed bent on convincing Sue that her entire adult film past was wrong, and that she should end all association with it.
And so, Sue Nero disappeared from my life as quickly as she had arrived. We stopped communicating, and I didn’t know how she was getting on. I often thought about her, and to be honest, I worried about her too.
And then earlier this year – Sue got in touch. She said she was getting divorced. She had decided to move on. She said she had found a new acceptance about her past. And now, she wanted to come out – by doing a Rialto Report interview.
And so we did. And it was a moving experience. That’s not to say that Sue’s version of her past is all happy and rosy. Far from it. It’s been a long difficult road. But what’s important is that she’s finally ready to confront it and talk about it.
This is April Hall, and this is part 1 of Sue Nero’s story.
This episode running time is 75 minutes.
This is it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the BIG one………..
I’ve been waiting for this for weeks, months, even years.
Happy holidays Rialto folk – you gorgeous people. And thank you!
Merry Christmas Santa!
Happy holidays to everyone at Rialto Towers HQ.
This year has been your finest yet, and to cap it off with a Sue Nero exclusive is sensational. Thank for all your many hours of research and writing and hard work, and amazing contribution to film history.
We really appreciate that Sam!
I can’t wait for this. Sue was a truly great performer and I have no doubt that TRR will deliver an interview that no one else can. I love you Sue!
I’m a BIG Sue Nero Fan and excited to hear this interview!!
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO THE RIALTO REPORT!!!
Back at ya!
I’ll dig into this when I get the chance. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
Awesome Article And Podcast Sue Nero Beautiful Iconic Movie And Burlesque Night Club From The 70s 80s And Early 90s Merry Christmas Keep Up Good Work
Kudos, applause and cheers to you folks for treating this woman with such sensitivity. This was my Christmas present. Thank you.
You’re very welcome Corey!
A great way to go through Christmas. April always knows how to bring out the best in her interviews and I appreciate Sue’s candor and humor over some very difficult times in her life, and in a difficult industry. Happy holidays, everyone.
I really appreciate that JL3. Happy holidays to you!
Sue is still a natural entertainer if this is anything to go by. Great work guys, bring on part 2!
Thank you Mike!
Fantastic interview! Great job by one and all!
A really great person and always a Star.
There’s a lot more to Sue Nero than I would have imagined. Great recollection and totally honest . Truthful and seemingly did what she had to do to keep moving ahead . I hope she realizes the happiness she deserves . Always found her interestingly erotic and was curious why she wasn’t more front and center. Anyway great interview and look forward to part 2.
Thank you Pete!
Loved listening to Sue’s interview, loved hearing her voice, have connected with her recently and am so looking forward to the rest of the interview!!!
Wonderful! Keep up the great work!
Thanks so much Brian!
Sue is a dear friend and there was a lot I didn’t know about her that came out in this interview. I’m floored by her honesty and her bravery, and love her even more. Can’t wait for Part 2.
What Sue has gone through in her life. If this is the 1st part which gave me tears in my eyes, then I can imagine what the 2nd part would be. Which I am very interesting to listen too. Once again this is a marvelous interview.
Thank you Joey!
What a fine lady! Sue burned the screen UP back in the day!! She looked like a woman who loved what she was doing, and that immediately draws the viewer right in. Glad she’s decided to move on and listen only to herself, she should never be made to feel shame over her past.
There’s only One Sue Nero!
Job well done April looking forward to part 2.
She doesn’t hold back that is for sure. Have a feeling this is just ramping up here. Look forward to the second part. April’s laugh is wonderful to listen too.
Aww thanks Sonny!
You only have to spend 5 minutes listening to the soul-crushingly inane interviews/commentaries on the otherwise excellent adult film Vinegar Syndrome discs to appreciate the skill, intelligence, and deep understanding of these interviews.
I’ve given up listening to the commentaries, as they are fawning, obsequious wastes of time.
Thank you Rialto for restoring my faith in the fascinating history of this time.
We really appreciate that George!
The Rialto Report is freaking amazing.
Thanks so very much Fred!
Thank you Sue Nero for your love of Black men and interracial videos. They are beautiful to watch.
You guys are the best. I really hope you do something for poor Trinity Loren one day! What a beauty and so freaking tragic.
Thank you Daniel!
a) listeners might be confused about Sue’s comment about not wanting to perform fisting. Fisting is not an inherently violent act, and I don’t think that’s what she meant. But in the context of Ms. Magnificent, she had a point. Jesse St. James does fist-rape Sharon Kane in one scene.
b) it’s a shame that the names of all the NBA players doing coke were bleeped out. I take it that was due to legal reasons?
If you look at the roster of the 1978 Warriors it is easy to figure out. One member is very famous for his cocaine / alcohol addiction and later treatment centre for athletes
Both parts of this were amazing. Her honesty comes from her recovery. I met Susan briefly at Bernards in 1985. I too went through a horrible cocaine addiction for 15 years that destroyed much of my life. Like Susan I thought keeping in behind closed doors meant I wasn’t that bad. It was. Best podcast yet!
Great interview! These Sue Nero episodes were awesome!! Really enjoyed her honesty and that she seemed to except who she is and was with all the ups and downs.. She could write a book and it would be amazing!
I would love to know who the NBA players were.
Also, I hope You would do a deep dive on the life of Lisa Deleeuw. I can’t seem to find much about her outside or her pics and movies. Thank you!
I remember meeting sue , going to Bernards together , going to eat at Howard Johnson , making her laugh , wonderful fun person