Biography of Briana Banks (a.k.a.: Brianna Banks)
Briana Banks (born Briana Bany on May 21, 1978) is a German-American pornographic
actress and model.
Briana Bany was born in Munich, Germany to a German father and American mother.
They moved to Britain when she was four years old, and to the Los Angeles suburb
of Simi Valley in California, United States when she was seven years old. Her
father still lives in Germany. She moved out of her mother's house when she
was 16 years old, taking her 14 year old sister with her. She got custody of
her sister when she turned 18. She modeled as a teenager, including a cover
of Teen magazine. She held various other jobs before entering the adult industry;
making pizza, clerk at an arts and crafts store, file clerk, and secretary.
In 1999, she responded to an ad in the newspaper to do nude modeling for adult
magazines. The photographer put her in a pornographic film. Her first film was
University Coeds 18, for Dane Entertainment, in which she performed opposite
Brandon Iron. She entered the industry under the name "Mirage", but
began calling herself "Briana Banks" in 2000, after having the first
of two breast enlargement operations. Having had aspirations of being a supermodel,
she chose the professional surname "Banks" after model Tyra Banks.
Her first appearance using the new name was in the film Decadent Whores 9. She
was Penthouse magazine's Pet of the Month in June 2001. The same year, she signed
with Vivid Entertainment.
Banks claims to have the longest legs in the business (36"/91cm inseam).
She has a ribbon tattoo on her lower back. For several years, her regular boyfriend
was pornographic actor Bobby Vitale, but they broke up in 2006.
In 2002 Banks was one of the first pornographic actresses to have an action
figure made in her likeness, by Los Angeles based company Cyber F/X and Sota
Banks was a contributing author in the 2004 book How To Have a XXX Sex Life:
The Ultimate Vivid Guide (ISBN 9780060581480, from ReganBooks), in which she
and other Vivid contract stars give advice and tips about sex, as well as relate
anecdotes from their personal sex lives.
On October 13, 2006, Banks reportedly filed a federal lawsuit seeking more
than US$75,000 in damages against Doc Johnson Enterprises charging that they
had created unauthorized products from molds of her genitals.
Full name: Briana Banks
Birthdate: May 21, 1978
Birthplace: Munich, Germany