Linda Lovelace was born Linda Susan
Boreman. She grew up in Yonkers, NY. She went to Catholic
school. Her dad was an NYPD cop. Then one day, 21-year-old
Linda is subathing by a Ft. Lauderdale swimming pool when
she's approached by some guy. Long story short, the guy
becomes her husband, gets her hooked on drugs, and pimps her
out to do a bunch of stag films. Eventually Linda winds up
in the most famous porno of all time.
The story of Linda Lovelace revolves
around 62 minutes of film called Deep Throat. The
producers shelled out $22,500, all of it Mob money. They
shot a few days in New York, and another six days in Miami.
The film had been conceived and written for Linda. The
director had been impressed by her ability to swallow a cock
so deep that she only stopped when she bumped into the
balls. Its working title was "The Doctor Makes a Housecall."
The film quickly became a phenomenon. It was unprecedented.
The FBI later estimated that Deep Throat had probably
grossed at least $600 million. It was distributed by the
Mob. They leaned on the theater owners, burning down a few
cinemas here and there whenever somebody refused to give
them their cut (50%). Not surprisingly, the gangsters kept a
tight rein on the prints.
Frank Sinatra got ahold of a print somehow (cough,
cough) and screened it in his home for party guests.
Spiro T. Agnew saw it at one of Frank's parties.
Sammy Davis, Jr. too. In fact, Sammy got so turned on
that later he and his wife got together for a four-way with
Linda and her husband.
Other celebrities were also taking in
the film, including Warren Beatty, Truman Capote, and Jack
Nicholson. Jack wasn't enthralled by the film, however, as
evidenced in this interview excerpt from Screw
||What was your
reaction to Deep Throat?
||If you're having a
male sexual experience, after you have your orgasm
your next impulse is not to bend down and look over
and watch someone's scrotum pounding against
someone's shaved beaver or whatever.
(Speak for yourself, sir.) According
to the manager of the New Mature World Theater, Tonight
Show sidekick Ed McMahon was particularly enthusiastic.
"He came with six guys and a case of Budweiser and stood out
front afterward, chatting about the movie to passersby for
half an hour."
Deep Throat had legitimized
pornography overnight. Despite a $3 million injunction from
a New York judge (which was overturned on appeal), the film
kept taking in business. In all, more than ten million
Americans viewed the film. And then, after all that, Linda
Lovelace turned around and declared that she had been forced
into doing the film.
When you see the movie Deep
Throat, you are watching me being raped. It is a
crime that movie is still showing; there was a gun to my
head the entire time.
In 1980 Linda released an
autobiography recounting her victimization. Her husband had
forced her to perform sex on strangers. In front of a
camera. With a dog. And then Deep Throat happened. It
was only after she found the courage to leave her husband
that she could come clean. Linda even recounted her horror
story for the Meese Commission on Pornography.
Nobody in the adult film business
bought her act. They were appalled. She had, in their minds,
repudiated her past only as a ploy to gain the acceptance of
the millions of Americans who hadn't seen her movies.
In fact, the porn industry uses the term "Linda Syndrome" to
refer to former porn stars who disavow their careers, like
In 2002 Linda died in a Denver
hospital after crashing her car into a concrete post. One of
her former acquaintances in the porn industry,
Al Goldstein, had this to say about her:
Good riddance to trash. She was a
good cocksucker. She was a piece of shit. Her book
Ordeal was a lying piece of shit. She was a hooker, a
scumbag, a lying trollop. I'm glad Traynor taught her to
suck cock. I dropped several ejaculations down her
throat. I want to do a final load, so when she goes to
hell my sperm will go with her.
John Holmes in Exotic French Fantasies.
10 Jan 1949
Boreman (aka Linda Lovelace) born in the Bronx, New
Lovelace appears in the film Dogarama (also
billed as Dog Fucker).
Lovelace and costars spend six days filming Deep
Throat at the Voyager Inn on Biscayne Boulevard
11 Jun 1972
film Deep Throat, starring Linda Lovelace,
debuts at the New Mature World Theater on 49th
Street in New York.
9 Oct 1972
an interview with
Al Goldstein for Screw magazine, Linda Lovelace
demonstrates her fellatio technique on him.
1 Mar 1973
York criminal-court judge Joel Tyler declares the
film Deep Throat to be obscene, and fines the
New Mature World Theater $3 million. Tyler describes
the film as "one throat that deserves to be cut."
Lovelace appears in the R-rated film Deep Throat
Lovelace arrested for possession of cocaine and
amphetamines at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas.
Lovelace appears in a Playboy magazine pictorial.
Lovelace appears in the film Linda Lovelace for
Marchiano (aka Linda Lovelace) testifies before the
Meese Commission on Pornography.
52-year-old Linda Lovelace appears in lingerie in a
Leg Show magazine pictorial.
Hustler magazine's "Asshole of the Month."
3 Apr 2002
Boreman (aka Linda Lovelace) transported to Denver
Health Medical Center after losing control of her
car and striking a concrete post in Denver, CO. 777
Bannock Street Denver, CO 80204
22 Apr 2002
Boreman (aka Linda Lovelace) dies at Denver Health
Medical Center after more than two weeks on life
support. 777 Bannock Street Denver, CO 80204