The 70’s, known as the Golden Age of pornography, was a decade of great movies and some of the best female pornstars that left their indelible mark on the adult film industry. These actresses were beautiful but also talented, versatile, and groundbreaking.
Porn of the 70’s had no shortage of remarkable actresses, from Linda Lovelace to Candida Royalle, who captivated audiences with their performances. In this article, Adult Site Broker has put together our list of the best female pornstars of the 70’s; these women broke the industry standards with their looks, authenticity, and depth of their roles that made them unforgettable.
Starting with an icon, Kitten Natividad (1948-2022) has easily taken a spot in our round-up of the best 70’s female pornstars. Initially beginning as a go-go dancer, she won Miss Nude Universe twice before starring in her first movie, The New Centurions. With her wild beauty, personal charm, and sex appeal, she started acting in porn throughout the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, originally starring in non-talking roles before upgrading to acting in hardcore scenes. She became a cult classic after being cast in Russ Meyer’s Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens.
Coming in hot at number two is Roberta Pedon, the Italian actress was iconic for their looks, hippy-like personality, and fuller bust, quickly making her one of the best female pornstars of the 70’s and one of the most popular adult industry models. She is most known for her role in the movie Carnal Desiers (otherwise known as The Sizzlers or Delinquent School Girls.) After her debut, she worked for various porn magazines as a big-bust nude model and appeared in 8mm sex loops before retiring in the late 1970’s.
After hardships, including losing her parents to Nazis in occupied Poland and later her husband in a botched robbery, Chesty Morgan rose to fame in the 1970’s in the burlesque circuit, becoming one the highest-earning performers. As her name suggests, Morgan was known for her naturally large breasts, and her two most popular porn movies, by female porn director Doris Wishman, Double Agent 73 and Deadly Weapons, focus on them.
Coming in fourth is Desiree West; breaking into the porn scene in the 1970’s, she was not only one of the best pornstars of the 70’s but one of the first black performers in the adult industry. She was known for performing in black and Asian-focused pornos, with her first credited role as Kit in Ann Perry’s Count The Ways. West became famous as one of the only stars that could do dialogue in the industry. After retiring in the 1980s, she still performed when she felt she needed to see if she still had it and was later inducted into the XRCO Hall of Fame in the 90’s.
American-born actress Linda Gordon started her career in the porn industry in the late 1960s with her debut movie: The Last American Hobo. She quickly gained popularity and starred in the 1970’s films Angels Wild Women, November Children, and Fugitive Lovers before she retired from the adult industry.
Initially working as a model in the 1970’s with her pictorial debut in 1975 porn magazine Climax in the USA before moving on to porn, Karen Brown is one of the most famous pornstars of the 70’s for her work on breaking barriers in the industry as a BBW model, creating a space for pornstars that weren’t typically small and slender. She later starred in Big Bust Babes, Super Juggs, and Titanic Naturals.
Starting as a popular model in ‘Gent,’ ‘Mayfair’ and Climax, Roxanne Brewer was a famous nude model in the 1970’s before moving into softcore porn. She was known as a knockout with her red hair, natural breasts, and beauty. She was one of the most popular pornstars of the 1970’s, making her debut in Night of the Witches and even having an uncredited role in the popular 1970’s comedy Hooper.
Israeli-born and London-based Clyda Rosen was a known nude model in the 1960s for an assortment of male magazines, including Gent. In the 1970’s, she started working with pin-up photographer George Harrison Marks. She performed in a variety of his 8mm softcore and hardcore pornos, including her debut short Die Lollos in 1970. In the mid-1970’s, she reinvented herself by undergoing breast reduction surgery, cutting her hair short, and performing under the new pseudonym ‘Vietta Manning,’ where she worked with Lasse Braun on his 1977 film Sex Maniacs. With her 4 ’11 figure, long brown hair, and breast implants, she was eye-catching and sensual, making her a popular model and actress in the 1970’s porn scene.
Starring in Big Bust Babes and Titanic Naturals alongside Karen Brown, Mary Waters is another iconic female pornstar of the 70’s that broke beauty standards with her looks: big, busted, and chubby; she showed you didn’t have to be petite and skinny to be a popular pornstar. She is one of the most famous BBW models of the era.
Porn actress, feminist, and director Candida Royalle has earned her place in this round-up of the best porn actresses of the 70’s. Starting as a model, she turned to porn in the mid-70’s, debuting in Jerry Abram’s and Zachary Strong’s The Analyst in 1975. She starred in 25 films over the next five years before she retired from acting and went into directing in the 80’s. She created Femme Productions, creating female and couple-focused porn that was erotic and sensual, focusing on pleasure and not the ‘end goal’ like most male-dominated porn was doing at the time.
When we talk about famous 70’s pornstars and the Golden Age of Pornography, we must mention Linda Lovelace (1949-2002), the Deep Throat star who became a star in the adult film industry for her lack of a gag reflex. She worked in the adult film industry throughout the 1970’s, starring in the movies Deep Throat II (1974) and the comedy film Linda Lovelace for President (1975). She retired in 1977, becoming a born-again Christian, and later joined the anti-porn movement.
Best known for her role in the hardcore porno, Behind The Green Door, Marilyn Chambers (1952-2009) shot to porn stardom in the 1970’s and 80’s when she starred in Insatiable. She also crossed over to mainstream cinema with her iconic roles in Rabid (1977) and Angel of H.E.A.T (1983). Afterward she became a dancer, model, singer, writer, and vice-presidential candidate in 2004, making her porn’s most famous crossover star. She ranked No. 6 on the Top 50 Porn Stars of All Time by AVN and one of Playboy’s Top 100 Sex Stars of the Century in 1999.
Actress, Sexologist, Doctor, and Director Sharon Mitchell has done it all! A member of the AVN Hall of Fame and XRCO Hall of Fame since the 80’s, she started her career in porn in the 1970’s. She worked in over 1000 porn movies as an actress and later as a director. She won awards at the Critics Adult Film Awards in the 80’s for Sexcapades and AVN awards in the 90’s. She also went on to found the Adult Industry Mental Health Care Foundation (AIM), and her work on mental health and STD checks for those in the adult industry has been credited as raising awareness of the risks of HIV/AIDs within the industry.
Vanessa del Rio is our final 70’s female pornstar that left a mark on the industry. Actress and director Vanessa del Rio started her journey into acting in porn in 1974 in Shaun Costello’s China Doll and starred in 81 titles over the next 12 years before retiring in the 1980s partly due to the AIDS crisis. She later returned to porn in 1999 and used her coding knowledge to create her website, where she produced original content.
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