Biography of Michelle Anne Sinclair
Belladonna (born Michelle Anne Sinclair on May 21, 1981) is an American pornographic
Michelle Anne Sinclair was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and is of German,
Scottish and Cherokee ancestry.
She got her first tattoo at age 13, and at age 14 she lost her virginity, started
smoking, and attempted suicide. She dropped out of high school and moved out
of her parents' house at the age of 15. She also stayed in Utah for a short
period of her life, and had a Mormon upbringing. Prior to her porn career she
had had sex with around 100 men.
Her introduction to the adult industry came about when an agent came
to Utah to see one of her friends, who introduced him to her. The next day she
flew to Los Angeles. Immediately prior to starting her porn career she was dancing
in a club in Utah. The pseudonym "Belladonna" came in part from a
friend in Utah named Bella; later, an early agent suggested Bella Donna as it
meant "beautiful woman" in Italian.
Belladonna got into the adult film industry after she moved to Los Angeles
to become a nude model. Her career began in 2000 when she was 18. Her first
film was Real Sex Magazine for Bill Whitrock; her male counterpart was Chris
Cannon. She has since appeared in over 250 adult films. In 2003 she signed a
contract with Sineplex, for whom she also directed. She now owns and operates
Belladonna Entertainment with her partner and husband, Aiden Kelly. She produces
her own movies under the Belladonna Entertainment and Deadly Nightshade Productions
labels, exclusively distributed by Evil Angel.
She has appeared several times in the reality television series Family Business,
which focuses on the life of porn director Adam Glasser a.k.a. "Seymore
Butts". In 2004 she was one of a number of porn stars photographed by Timothy
Greenfield-Sanders for a "coffee table book" on the adult industry,
XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits; she also appears in the HBO documentary Thinking
XXX about the making of the book.
Media attention from Primetime
Her career in the pornography business was followed for two years by
a crew from ABC Television, culminating in a January 2003 interview with Diane
Sawyer as part of a Primetime Thursday segment on pornography. During the interview
she broke down in tears. Following its broadcast she condemned what she felt
had been unfair treatment at the hands of Sawyer and the ABC staffers, saying
the segment had portrayed her as a victim and that the interview was edited
to convey the misleading impression that she had been forced to perform against
her will. One topic discussed in the interview was the fact that she had contracted
The interview has since been used by a number of anti-pornography groups to
support their case that pornography is exploitative of the women who appear
in it; nevertheless, Sinclair remains an active performer in the industry. In
later interviews, Sinclair claimed that she had never intended to make "anti-porn"
statements, and that Primetime had deliberately taken many of her statements
out of context to give the segment a negative slant. In one interview, when
she was asked if she was happy how the interview came out, her reply was:
“ I am not happy about Primetime but I would love to see the whole story
air one day so everyone can see how much I had to say that was FOR the porn
industry. If you know me you know that I LOVED shooting!”
ABC contacted her once to do a follow-up to the interview; she refused saying,
"No thank you. I don't want to be embarrassed again." Several figures
in the porn industry objected to her comments on the program.
In August 2007, Sinclair decided to semi-retire from performing with
other people over concerns of STDs, specifically herpes. She contracted herpes
in 2002 and was worried the disease had spread. However, according to her blog,
she has since come out of retirement, and has filmed a number of hardcore scenes.
She appeared in Digital Playground's Pirates II, the sequel to their top-selling
DVD, Pirates. She has also appeared in James Gunn's PG Porn.
She was formerly engaged to fellow porn actor Nacho Vidal.
On April 11, 2004, she married Aiden Kelly in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has a
daughter Myla who was born on January 11, 2005.
Full name: Michelle Anne Sinclair
Birthdate: May 21, 1981
Birthplace: Biloxi, Mississippi, USA