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For 25 Bucks You Can Hang Out With A Bunch Of Really Old Porn Stars

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For the bargain price of $25, the Museum of Sex will whisk you back in time to the big-bush era of erotic cinema during an event dubbed the “Golden Girls of Porn.”

From 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, five stars from the “Golden” age of porn will be at the F*CK Art Gallery in Midtown for what’s described as a “candid, informative and electric” reunion of porn pioneers.

In attendance will be aging porn starlets Veronica Hart, Gloria Leonard, Candida Royalle, Veronica Vera and Annie Sprinkle — a gaggle of stars the museum considers to be the “original ‘Sex and the City’ girls.”

The porn queens’ bios are as follows:

Candida Royalle™, president of Femme Productions®,
is best known for having pioneered the concept of adult movies from a
woman’s perspective for couples to share. A former actress during the
“golden age” of adult movies, it is her work as director/producer of 18
internationally acclaimed erotic movies of which she is most proud.
Continuing to innovate in the field of sexuality, she partnered with
Dutch Industrial designers, Groet Design to create the revolutionary
line of Natural Contours® sexual wellness products. In 2004 Simon & Schuster published her first book, How to Tell a Naked Man What To Do: Sex Advice From a Woman Who Knows, followed by the paperback in February ’06. Candida Royalle™ has become a sought-after speaker, having lectured at such venues as the Smithsonian Institute, the American Psychiatric Association’s national conference, and the World Congress on Sexology, as well as several sexuality conferences and universities including Princeton, Columbia, Wellesley College and New York University. She is a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, (AASECT) and a founding Board member of Feminists for Free Expression (FFE).



Veronica Vera
is author of two books: Miss Vera’s Crossdress for Success (Villard, 2002) and Miss Vera’s Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls (Doubleday,1997), both are based on Miss Vera’s Finishing School,
the internationally known, world’s first crossdressing academy which
she founded in 1992. She is a respected visionary in the transgender
community. Prior to that, in the early 80’s, after leaving her job as a
Wall Street stock trader, Veronica wrote hundreds of articles on the
subject of human sexuality. In many of them, she was an active
participant exploring her own sexual issues. She testified for freedom
of expression before Arlen Spector and a committee of the Senate
Judiciary. Her testimony was later incorporated into the Meese Report.
Veronica starred in a number of adult movies, collaborated as a model
with Robert Mapplethorpe and other artists. In 1989, she helped
re-organize P.O.N.Y. (Prostitutes of New York). Veronica is a founding
member and on the Executive board of Feminist for Free Expression. See, www.missvera.com.



Annie Sprinkle Ph.D.
was a NYC prostitute and porn
star for twenty years, then morphed into a performance artist and
sexologist. She has passionately explored sexuality for forty years,
sharing her experiences through making her own unique brand of feminist
sex films, writing books and articles, visual art making, theater
performances, and teaching. Annie has consistently championed sex worker
rights and health care and was one of the pivotal players of the Sex
Positive Movement of the 1980′s. She got her BFA at School of Visual
Arts in NYC. Annie Sprinkle is the first porn star to earn a Ph.D.,
which is in Human Sexuality. She’s a popular lecturer whose work is
studied in many colleges and Universities. For the past 11 years she has
been collaborating on art projects with her partner, artist and
professor, Elizabeth Stephens. They are movers and shakers in the new
“ecosex movement,” committed to environmental activism. They started
Occupy Bernal (San Francisco) where they live. www.anniesprinkle.org and www.sexecology.org



Veronica Hart aka Jane Hamilton
, a UNLV graduate
with a BA in theatrical arts, has performed on stage in many roles and
became a star in adult cinema’s golden age in such classics as “Amanda
by Night”, “Roommates”, and “Wanda Whips Wall Street”. She has won Best
Actress and Best Supporting Actress in the Eroticas and Critics Adult
Film Awards and is included in several Adult Hall of Fames. Veronica has
performed in over thirty R-rated movies and numerous television
appearances playing Viveca St. John in “Six Feet Under”, the custody
judge in “Boogie Nights” and Veronica Del Rio in “One-Eyed Monster”.

As Jane Hamilton producer and as Veronica Hart director, she has made
over twenty features for VCA and also produced Michael Ninn’s features.

She produced and directed three r-rated features for Mainline
Releasing Group, produced the horror film “Parasomnia” with William
Malone directing, and is now working with author/director John Skipp to
produce “Rose” a bizarro zombie musical.

A former board member of the Free Speech Coalition, Veronica is the
mother of two fabulous young men, works at the Erotic Heritage Museum in
Las Vegas and is in a wonderful relationship with her high school
sweetheart, Stan Clawson.

Gloria Leonard. In a career which both began and
ended behind the scenes, front and center is where Gloria Leonard spent
most of her professional life. Whether as an actress or director of
such adult classics as “Misty Beethoven,” “Fortune Smiles,” “Taboo:
American Style,” or as a much sought-after guest on countless talk shows
(Oprah, Geraldo, Maury, Larry King, Howard Stern et al), Gloria is an
enigmatic presence whose patrician earthiness vies with a disarming
intellect for your attention. Ms. Leonard has also been the host of her
own television shows – “The Leonard Report: For Adults Only” and later,
“Gloria Leonard’s Hot Shopper Hour,” a humorously hedonist paean to TV
home shopping which featured sexy merchandise, interesting guests, film
reviews and comic relief. Vogue magazine’s review recommended that the
Fox Network snap her up. Gloria’s fourteen-year stint as Publisher of
High Society magazine often thrust her into the eye of intense media
hurricanes. She pioneered both the publishing of “celebrity skin”
(Margot Kidder, Ann-Margret and Barbra Streisand all attempted to sue)
and the then controversial concept of phone sex, a case which went all
the way to the Supreme Court, ultimately ruling in her favor. With
Gloria at the helm, High Society became one of the best selling
newsstand magazines in America. Ms. Leonard is an ardent feminist and
First Amendment advocate who has debated extensively on the issues of
pornography, censorship and their impact on the women’s movement at
dozens of colleges and universities. She has served as President of the
Adult Film Association, Administrative Director of the Adult Video
Association and is two-term President Emeritus of the Free Speech
Coalition. Gloria Leonard was born in New York City and single-handedly
raised a successful, charming daughter, who in turn, has a daughter of
her own. Yes, Gloria is a Grandmother.

The event is sponsored by Feminists For Free Expression. For more info, click here.

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