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Eric Edwards: A true legend in the world of porn, Edwards entered the business in the late-60s after graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He performed, directed, and wrote scripts until the 1990s, making him the only adult film actor to enjoy an on-camera career spanning four decades. Edwards collected numerous awards during his illustrious run, including honors from Adult Video News, the X-Rated Critics Organization, and the Hustler Walk of Fame. He worked extensively with Linda Lovelace of Deep Throat fame and married industry actress Renee Summers in 1986. The couple had two children together and endured a lengthy separation before finally splitting permanently in 1995. Edwards continued to work behind the scenes until 2005, when he was diagnosed with colon cancer that had spread into his lungs. Matters worsened for the adult cinema icon when he was forced to live in the mountain range of Los Angeles for six months after his condominium building was sold. However, Edwards managed to get back on his feet and eventually secured a beautiful home near the mountains, where he resided as of 2006.
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Kristara Barrington:
Appearing in over 150 adult films during her career, Barrington garnered a massive fan following in the 1980s due to her enthusiasm and spirited on-camera performances. The American-born starlet’s Eurasian descent allowed her to appear in both Asian and European roles, with her most famous gig coming as a prostitute alongside Traci Lords in the 1985 XXX classic New Wave Hookers (Barrington’s work, including NWH, would be investigated during the Lords underage porn scandal the following year). She retired in 1987 and has allegedly worked for several family businesses in recent years.
Sources: Excalibur Films (, Wikipedia (, Kristara Barrington Online (

Mai Lin: Lin appeared in 164 titles during her 20-plus years in adult film and is a member of the AVN, XRCO, and Legends of Erotica Halls of Fame. She has maintained a low profile since retiring from the business in the late-1990s, but reappeared to launch a now-defunct website ( in 2004. Lin could not be reached for comment via one of her former studio employers.
Sources: Internet Adult Film Database (, Adult Industry News (, Adult Video News (, Penetrating Insights Blog (

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Loni Sanders: After appearing on the cover of Penthouse in 1980, Sanders was introduced to the porn world by adult film actor Michael Ranger, whom she met during a photoshoot. The two later married, but Sanders would eventually leave her husband and begin a long-term relationship with Vivid Video owner Steven Hirsch. According to, she was a significant behind-the-scenes contributer during the early years of the company, acting as Production Manager for a pair of friend Ginger Lynn’s films and handling many responsibilities in the day-to-day operations of Vivid. Sanders left Hirsch for the head of Metro Studio in 1997. She is a member of both the AVN and XRCO Halls of Fame.
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