Biography of Ginger Lynn Allen (a.k.a.: Ginger Lynn)
Ginger Lynn (born December 14, 1962) is an American pornographic actress, prominent
in 1980s adult videos. She also had occasional roles in low budget B-movies. AVN
has ranked her at #7 in a list of the 50 greatest pornstars of all time. After
ending her porn career, she began using her full name of Ginger Lynn Allen and
found work in a variety of B-movies. She had a late career comeback to the porn
industry and made a brief series of movies. During this two-year period she toured
the country doing interviews for radio shows and appearances at adult-entertainment
Allen moved to California in 1982 after hearing about her grandfather's heart
attack. After her grandfather died, she became angry at him for leaving her
when she felt she needed help the most, as he had been the only positive male
role model in her life. A male friend of hers came to live with her and became
the "first nice boyfriend" she had ever had. However, Allen was the
major financial supporter in the relationship and needed to find a better paying
job. When she answered an advertisement from the World Modeling Agency in September
1983, she was immediately hired and did a spread for Penthouse. This made her
visible to the adult film industry.
Allen did some nude modeling work and then began performing in adult films
using the name Ginger Lynn in December 1983. Her first film was Surrender in
Paradise, where she starred with Jerry Butler and celebrated her 21st birthday
in Hawaii. Allen quickly rose in popularity, and eventually became one of the
biggest stars in adult film history, making 69 adult films. She had her own
line of videos through Vivid Entertainment with director Bruce Seven. Allen
received the Best New Starlet award in 1985 from the Adult Video News and is
an inductee to the X-Rated Critics Organization (XRCO) and Adult Video News
(AVN) Halls of Fame. Allen's best work is in the award-winning Ten Little Maidens.
Other career highlights include her performance as the neighbor who introduces
Tom Byron to sex in Kinky Business and her work in Slumber Party with Eric Edwards.
Her look during the height of her porn career (1984-1986) was loosely modeled
after pop singer Madonna. Part of her early popularity stems from her common
trait of performing anal sex and double penetration. In the early-1980s adult
film market, these acts were relatively rare, especially among big-name porn
performers like herself. She also regularly performed at least one lesbian scene
per film, which made her popular among fans. Allen's work was also distinguished
by explicit and inventive "dirty talking" during her performances.
She was the first Vivid Entertainment Vivid Girl, beating out the then-underaged
Traci Lords. She was later called to testify on Lords' behalf against porn producers;
she refused, and according to her, she was then targeted by the Internal Revenue
Service for falsification of a tax return. Allen had at least six scenes with
porn legend John Holmes early in her career.
In February 1986, Allen decided to stop making adult films and attempt to establish
a career in mainstream films using her full name. Allen appeared in several
non-adult films, television shows and even interactive movie segments of the
Wing Commander computer games. During the 1990s and up to the present, she made
occasional appearances in adult films, usually in lesbian-oriented segments
or lesbian-themed films.
Allen returned to adult films in 1999 for three movies: Torn (1999), White
Lightning (2000) and New Wave Hookers 6 (2000). In December 2005, Ginger Lynn
appeared in American Pie: Band Camp (2005) playing the supporting role of Nurse
Sanders. In March 2006, she became a host of Playboy Radio's Sirius Satellite
Radio show, Night Calls Radio, alongside former adult film actress Christy Canyon.
In June 2007, Allen performed for two of Kink.com's hardcore websites, Ultimate
Surrender and Sex and Submission. In 2008, Allen appeared in the films Dirty
Rotten Mother Fuckers with James Deen (24 years younger than Allen) and Seasoned
Players 4 with Tom Byron.
In 1991, Allen was convicted of falsifying a tax return and spent four months
and 17 days in jail. She also spent time in a rehabilitation center during this
period because of cocaine abuse.
Lynn had a long term relationship with Los Angeles radio personality Ralph
Garman. She had a two-year relationship with actor Charlie Sheen from 1990 to
1992, including accompanying him through drug rehabilitation. Charlie Sheen
and Martin Sheen wrote letters to the court in support of Allen during her trial.
Full name: Ginger Lynn Allen Birthdate: December 14, 1962 Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, USA