Filthy Gorgeous tells the story of a self-made billionaire who used his first success, Penthouse, to build a media empire that included over 100 publications. Guccione was a crusader for freedom of speech, an outspoken advocate of Vietnam Veteran’s rights, and the man who cost former Miss America, Vanessa Williams, her crown. Guccione also exposed the hypocrisy of the religious constituents who attempted to destroy him while hiring prostitutes for their own pleasure.
Beneath the glamorous surface of a Penthouse Pet’s life in the mansion lies a dark and often scandalous story. For the first time in the history of the iconic adult magazine Penthouse, the curtain is lifted on life in Bob Guccione’s famous mansion. No One’s Pet: The Autobiography of Sheila Kennedy reveals the inner workings of the media magnate’s private sanctum.
From Penthouse Pet to reality star, Sheila Kennedy turned a modeling stint into a longterm career in the entertainment industry. Penthouse Pet of the Year in 1983, the aspiring actress broke out as one of Bob Guccione's stars. Stardom had many benefits, including roles in films such as The First Turn-On!! and Spring Break, but it also had its drawbacks. Young Sheila was quickly drawn into the world of sex and rock n' roll, including a bout with none other than 80s rock legend, Axl Rose.
Too often when we think “women in sci-fi” we think of what used to be called “scream queens,” that is, the actresses who appeared in scores of latter day B pictures running from extraterrestrials on earth or grappling with tentacled creatures on spaceships or what have you. For this survey we want to pay homage not necessarily to the genre regulars (although you’ll find one or two along the way) but to the performers who made the most unusual and in many cases iconic impressions. The following list is not compiled in any particular order. Each woman has contributed enormously to the universe of sci-fi through their respective roles. Here are our favorites from the 2000s.
Cut-off jeans, bikini top, bare feet – according to the music duo Maddie and Tae, that’s the stereotypical costume of a “Girl In A Country Song.” Their song is a protest of sorts, but it can’t be denied—since even before Daisy Duke squeezed into her first pair of Daisy Dukes, there’s always been something uniquely sexy about a Southern girl. And this certainly extends to the realm of adult entertainment, although statistically speaking, down-home girls aren’t particularly porn-friendly. California is still the place you ought to be born if you want to end up in porn. Florida has its own mini-industry porn, comes in second—a distant second. Florida does count as a Southern state though because Lynyrd Skynyrd hailed from there, and he did write “Sweet Home Alabama.”
Once you go black you never go back. The Nubian princesses of porn have come a long way since the civil rights movement. From Vanessa Del Rio, the Afro Latina adult icon, to Skin Diamond, the ebony Elvira of contemporary fetishisms, this list will surely have you coming back for more.