Biography of Annie Sprinkle
Sprinkle was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is known as the "prostitute
and porn star turned sex educator and artist". Her best known theater and
performance art piece is her Public Cervix Announcement, in which she invites
the audience to "celebrate the female body" by viewing her cervix with
a speculum and flashlight. She also performed The Legend of the Ancient Sacred
Prostitute, in which she did a "sex magic" masturbation ritual on stage.
She has toured one-woman shows internationally for 17 years, some of which were
are titled Post Porn Modernist, Annie Sprinkle's Herstory of Porn, Hardcore from
the Heart, and, currently, Exposed; Experiments in Love, Sex, Death and Art.
The first porn star known to have earned a Ph.D., Sprinkle received her Ph.D.
in Human Sexuality from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality
in San Francisco. Her work, spanning more than three decades, is studied at
many universities, in theater history, women's studies, and film studies courses.
She also is a faculty member at The New School of Erotic Touch.
Sprinkle's first porn movie was Teenage Deviate, released in 1975. Perhaps
her best known featured role was in Deep Inside Annie Sprinkle (co-directed
by Sprinkle and sexploitation veteran Joseph W. Sarno) which was the #2 grossing
porn film of 1981.
In 1991, Sprinkle created the Sluts and Goddesses workshop, which became the
basis for her 1992 production The Sluts and Goddesses Video Workshop –
Or How To Be A Sex Goddess in 101 Easy Steps, which was co-produced and co-directed
with videographer Maria Beatty and featured music by composer Pauline Oliveros.
She later starred in Nick Zedd's experimental films War Is Menstrual Envy (1992),
Ecstasy In Entropy (1999), and Electra Elf: The Beginning (2005).
She has appeared in over 200 films including hard and softcore pornography,
B movies, loops, numerous documentaries and four HBO Real Sex programs. She
has produced, directed, and starred in several of her own films, such as Annie
Sprinkle's Herstory of Porn. Her work in these films has earned her a spot on
the Adult Star Path of Fame in Edison, New Jersey.
Sprinkle's work has always been about sexuality, with a political, spiritual,
and artistic bent. In December 2005, she committed to doing seven years of art
projects about love with her wife and art collaborator, Beth Stephens. They
call this their Love Art Laboratory. Their projects are all documented on their
web site, www.loveartlab.org. Part of their project is to do an experimental
art wedding each year, and each year has a different theme and color. The seven-year
theme was adapted to their project by invitation of artist Linda M. Montano.
According to John Heidenry, Annie Sprinkle was lover of the Dutch anarchist
Willem de Ridder, and of the pornographer Marco Vassi.
Full name: Annie Sprinkle
Birthdate: July 23, 1954
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA