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Born: July 23, 1938 Burbank, California, U.S
Died: January 11, 2010, California.
Cause of death: Crohn's disease issues.
Notable because: Former straight A student, entered porn industry late in life, at 39, and become Internationally famous as 'Aunt Peg'.
Juliet Anderson was an American pornographic actress and adult movie producer, relationship counselor and author. Entering the adult movie business relatively late in life (at age 39), she quickly built a reputation as one of the premier performers in the so-called "golden age of porn", appearing in over seventy films—often as "Aunt Peg", a role portrayed as a giddy, insatiable woman determined to enjoy life and sex to the maximum extent possible. In 1984, she started a new career as a relationship counselor and massage therapist, before returning to adult entertainment in the mid 1990s"
Judith Carr was born and grew up in Burbank, California, the daughter of a jazz trumpet player and an aspiring actress. She was afflicted with Crohn's disease and spent a sizable portion of her youth in the hospital or on bedrest. Graduating from Burbank High School in 1959 (where she was a straight-A student), she briefly attended Long Beach State College as an art major before relocating to Hayama, Japan with her then lover, a Navy sailor. A brief marriage to him did not work out, and Juliet spent the next eighteen years in various occupations, including teaching English to foreign students in Japan, Mexico, Greece and Finland. While teaching in Finland, she also worked as a radio producer. In 1963, while living in Miami, Anderson was secretary to a producer of "nudie" movies and a receptionist at the Burger King home office; she also worked for Avis during this period. In her website autobiography, she indicates that she appeared in an (unnamed) sexploitation film in 1963, portraying a police sergeant. The film is likely "The Beast That Killed Women" directed by Barry Mahon and released in 1965.
During this time, Anderson was known by her birthname of Judith Carr. She did not begin using the moniker "Juliet Anderson" until later in her adult film career, when she made the transition from 8mm productions to feature films. She has also used the stage names of Alice Rigby, Judy Callin, Ruby Sapphire, Judy Carr, Aunt Peg, Judy Fallbrook, and Judith Anderson.
After a further period overseas, Anderson returned to the United States during the early 1970s, and became involved in the pornography business while a student at San Francisco State University. She was working in advertising when she answered an ad by hardcore pornography producer Alex d’Renzy, who was looking for an actress. Cast in the movie Pretty Peaches, Juliet's career quickly took off from there. She acquired the name of "Aunt Peg" during a movie where she was portrayed as having sex with a niece, who cried out: "Oh, Aunt Peg!"; thus arose the moniker by which Anderson is best known to her fans. She appeared in several pornographic magazine pictorials during this timeframe, made appearances on radio and television, and operated a mail-order business, casting agency and a phone-sex service. She also performed in stage shows across the United States, combining comedy and sex in her performances. Anderson later indicated that these stage exhibitions were the "most gratifying" portion of her adult career.
Although Anderson portrayed many characters during her movie career, all tended to be tough-talking and unsentimental, yet rambunctious, vibrant and even comedic—all at the same time. She was said never to have faked an orgasm in any of her films. Author Charles Taylor wrote that she "brought a persona of classic movie-broad to porn", referring to her as "the Joan Blondell of porn." Another critic, Howard Hampton, opined that "her tough, no-nonsense older woman routine would be at home in the margins of any Howard Hawks movie."
In 1984, Anderson chose to leave the adult film business due to differences between herself and producers regarding the editing of Educating Nina, a video she directed starring Nina Hartley. She moved to Northern California, where she ran a bed and breakfast for a time and opened a massage therapy office. Anderson chose to return to pornography in 1995, making new movies as an actress, producer and director.
In 1998, she directed Ageless Desire, a hardcore video featuring several over-50 real-life couples, including Juliet and her current partner. Numerous awards followed: Induction into the Erotic Legends Hall of Fame in 1996, an X-rated Critics Organization Hall of Fame Award in 1999, and a "Lifetime Achievement Actress Award" from the Free Speech Coalition in 2001. In 2007, Anderson received an honorary Doctor of the Arts from The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.
By 2009, Anderson lived in Berkeley, California with four cats. She continued to work in the adult film industry, and had announced plans to produce new films. She also worked as a relationship counselor, giving private workshops for couples focusing on "Tender Loving Touch", in which sexual touching is seen as "play, not as foreplay." She contributed to the books The New Sexual Healers: Women of the Light and The Red Thread of Passion, and authored articles for magazines and newspapers.Anderson's body was discovered by a friend on the morning of January 11, 2010. Her friend, Kevin Fong, stated that he had arrived at Anderson's residence to take her to a doctor's appointment for a colonoscopy, to help with the treatment of her Crohn's disease. He furthermore indicated that he found Anderson in her bed, with nothing in the room appearing to be "out of the ordinary." Fong stated that Anderson had expressed a desire to be cremated. A memorial was held on January 26, 2010 at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco
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Editorial Review: Juliet Anderson was one of the icons of the so-called Golden Age of Porn. Entering the business at the age of thirty-nine, she went on to star in more than 70 films and loops, from 1978 to 1985. In 1979, in a film for the Swedish Erotica series, she developed the character that became her "alter ego": Aunt Peg, a lusty mature woman who knows her way around and isn't ashamed to show it. This first complete biography of Juliet gives us a fully fleshed-out picture of a creative, fascinating woman who was more than just a porn star. The story of Juliet's adventurous life and emotional struggles is both entertaining and poignant. Juliet's story is our own story, of hopes, achievements and disappointments, a story of a life well and fully lived.
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Editorial Review: BABY ROSEMARY (1976):
After the death of her father, a beautiful, though sexually traumatized, young woman enters an erotic nightmare while awaiting his funeral. Baby Rosemary is a haunting adult film like no other.
Director: John Hayes
80 minutes / 1976 / Color / 1.85:1
HOT LUNCH (1978):
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Editorial Review: It's a nudist's nightmare as naked terror runs amuck in this delirious Horror-Film Nudist-Camp Drive-In Double Feature! "The Beast that Killed Women" (1965, 60 min.) - Unable to get an even tan, Delores Carlos and hubby Byron Mabe scurry off to a Miami nudist camp at precisely the same moment the camp is invaded by The Beast that Killed Women, a goofy-looking gorilla with an appetite for the ladies. Murder and panic quickly spread before a pretty policewoman volunteers to enter the camp as ape bait. "The Monster of Camp Sunshine" (1964, 74 min.) - Hugo, the tubby gardener of a New York nature camp, turns into The Monster of Camp Sunshine when he unwittingly drinks from a stream contaminated with a mysterious chemical that releases his "killer instinct" and he attacks a bunch of birthday-celebrating sun worshippers.
Editorial Review: There is truth in the saying that opposites attract.
Konrad Schauffenberg runs his well-ordered life on a tight schedule. All it took was one dance to turn his world upside down. Tasha is everything he thought he didn't need but he cannot control his attraction to her. He soon discovers that negotiating million-euro deals is easier than surviving a date with Tasha.
Tasha Delaney's sole aim in life is to make a name for herself designing and renovating furniture. She cannot understand why Konrad keeps persisting with her, they are complete opposites in every aspect of their lives. But not even she can ignore the attraction. Before she knows it, she is married and living in a different city, with instructions from Konrad on how to be the perfect wife. Tasha is not going to change who she is even for Konrad, especially as his mother loathes the very sight of her.
When her best friend, Zara, moves to the South of France, Tasha comes up with the cunning plan to lead a double life. She is at home in Zurich when Konrad eventually puts in an appearance for a couple of days and in France the rest of the time. A perfect scenario. But all good things eventually come to an end.
Can Tasha and Konrad find more to their marriage than just physical attraction? Will Tasha ever be able to get Konrad away from the long arm of his controlling mother? And can Zara finally find herself as the bride instead of the eternal bridesmaid?
The South of France is place where anything can happen.
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