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Aliases: Annie Love, Annie Sands, Annie Sprinkles, Anny Sands, Miss Annie Sprinkle
Annie Sprinkle was born Ellen F. Steinberg on July 23, 1954 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a self-described "nice Jewish girl" whose parents were academics. She grew up in the greater Los Angeles area, and was a bashful girl well into her teens. Of her youth, Annie has said, "I was not a sexual child. I was very shy and inhibited. It wasn't until I lost my virginity at the age of 17 that I even became interested in sex." However, once she surrendered her maidenhead, sex became her lifelong concern, as for her, sex became a means of expression, then an art form, and then a venue for exploring spirituality, But first, it was a living.
The 1960s and early '70s were times of rebellion, and rebel against her middle-class roots young Ellen did, becoming a prostitute. Her entrée into adult entertainment came whilst employed as a cashier at a porn theater. Viewing the blue movie on the screen fueled her curiosity about what it must be like to be filmed while making love. Initially, she worked a variety of behind-the-camera jobs before making her debut as a hard-core actress in "Teenage Covergirl" (1973). While the re-christened Annie Sprinkle was never a superstar in adult entertainment, she enjoys the distinction of being one of the few actresses to be denounced by name from the floor of the U.S. Senate. Annie Sprinkle had used hard-core films as a springboard for a much richer, sex-positive career as an author, a lecturer/sex educator, and a performance artist.
Ultimately, Sprinkle appeared in approximately 200 porn loops, shorts and feature films. Her niche was the fetish genre catering to paraphillias. In the early 1980s, Sprinkle -- a feminist -- began exerting more control over her projects in her evolution from porn performer into artist. Before setting out in the next phase of her creative life, Sprinkle wrote and directed her first hard-core feature, "Deep Inside Annie Sprinkle," which became the #2 top-grossing adult film of 1982. While the film was not much different from mainstream porn in terms of style, audiences responded to Sprinkle' s warm and playful persona. From a nice Jewish girl of her teens, she had evolved into the Jewish mother of porn.
The openly bisexual Annie Sprinkle (she lives with her life-partner Elizabeth Stephens, a lecturer at UC Santa Cruz) describes herself as a "Post-Porn Modernist" and promotes her own conception of a pansexual, spiritual female sexuality. The maturation of Dr. Sprinkle (she received a Ph.D. in human sexuality) as an artist and as a person led her to leave the porn industry to fulfill her artistic pursuits as a performance artist, filmmaker, and writer, creating art and cultural artifacts that promote healthy attitudes toward sexuality and women.
Annie Sprinkle, the artist and sexual shaman, challenges the repressive trends that are omnipresent in American culture, which has brought her not only into conflict with the anti-sex, pro-censorship wing of the feminist movement )the likes of Andrea Dworkin and Catherine MacKinnon) but, inevitably, the religious right. Jesse Helms, the famously reactionary senator who got his start delivering political commentary on a North Carolina TV station in the days of the Fariness in Broadcasting standard, denounced her live performance art piece in the Senate during the debate over the National Endowment for the Arts. Her performance piece, which had received federal funding, entails inviting audience members to view her cervix with a speculum and flashlight in order to "demystify the female body." Helms denounced her performance piece as pornography, which is besides the point.
For Annie Sprinkle, non-misogynistic pornography can be a sex-positive vehicle for banning shame and ignorance while promoting pleasure and feminism. She remains committed to spreading the good news of her pro-sex message, as joyously as possible, that sex should be liberating, fun, free of shame and repression, and infused with creativity, love and spirituality.
Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood
She started out as a cashier in a porn theater. Once she saw the film for which she sold tickets, she became curious about having sex on camera. After drifting in and out of prostitution, she eventually became a hard core actress. She then went on to become an author, performance artist and a lecturer on sexual matters.
Where Are They Now: The San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
Annie Sprinkle Complete Filmography:|
1999 AVN Awards VCA 1999
Annie Sprinkle - Queen of Kink Global Media International 2001
Annie Sprinkle Rides Again Global Media International 1975
Annie Sprinkle's Herstory of Porn Erospirit 1999
Bazooka County Coast To Coast
Blow Some My Way Gourmet/GVC
Buttman Confidential Evil Angel 1998
Celebrity Sinners - Vanessa Del Rio Historic Erotica 2004
Centerfold Fever Video X Pix 1981
Debbie Does 'Em All Cal Vista 1984
Deep Inside Annie Sprinkle Video X Pix 1982
Female Genital Massage Pacific Media 1995
For Richer For Poorer VCX 1979
HoneyPie VCA 1975
Hotter than July Coast To Coast 1987
Huge Black Cocks Alpha Blue 2008
Jack 'n' Jill Video X Pix
Kathy's Graduation Present Caballero 1972
Kim Christy's She-Male Sperm Whores 4 Kim Christy Productions 2000
Masturbation Memoirs 1-2 Pacific Media 1995
Mature Women 2 Big Top 1990
Pandora's Mirror Caballero 1981
Pinned and Smothered Bizarre
Porn Mail Gourmet/GVC 2008
Rockin' with Seka Caballero 1980
Satisfiers of Alpha Blue Arrow/AFV 1980
She-Male Sexcapades 2 Leoram
Slippery When Wet Video X Pix 1976
Spitfire Command Cinema
Sue Prentiss, R.N. Gourmet/GVC
Teenage Deviate Video X Pix 1975
The Horneymooners Video X Pix 1980
Throat - 12 Years After VCA 1984
Too Hot To Handle Gourmet/GVC 1975
Twilight Pink Arrow/AFV
Zen Pussy - A Meditation on Eleven Vulvas Erospirit 1999