Ginger Lynn was born on the 14th of December 1962 in the Swedish American Hospital located in Rockford, Illinois. Details about the early period of her life are scarce due to her not speaking about them freely, this is due to Ginger being a sufferer of child abuse from her mother, Marilyn Allen (previously Marilyn Mcbride). Her parts, Wayne Allen and Marilyn were 18 and 19 respectively when she was born and it has been speculated by many that they were simply not responsible enough to cope with bringing up a child which lead to the dysfunctional life in the Allen household that Ginger experienced. Ginger has stated that in 1974, at the age of 12, she attempted to commit suicide using sleeping pills and medication used by her mother and was left by her mother close to death for almost 3 days without any medical help. Her descent into the world of substance abuse began only a year after that experience when her boyfriend of the time not only introduced her to drugs but also got her pregnant (a pregnancy which she had aborted). After this she went to live with her grandparents who had discovered the abuse she was recieving at home along with learning of her sexual activities (Ginger has said that it was her grandmother who first showed her conctraceptives such as condoms and the pills after finding out about her boyfriend).
Ginger Lynn Allen (her full birth name) graduated from Rockford West High School in 1981, and moved out of her grandparents house as they were moving to Lucern Valley in california. While living on her own or with boyfriends, she worked at a music store as an assistant manager and had a 2nd job as a waitress at night. It was only a year later, in 1982, that her grandfather had a heart attack while living in California, and Ginger moved there straight away in order to care for him as both him and her grandmother were major figures in Ginger's life, however he died shortly afterwards and Ginger continued to live in California afterwards.
As with many stars at the time, Ginger built up a large base of fans through many unique traits that were displayed in her videos, these included:
After living in California for around six months, a friend named Brian from Rockford came to live with Ginger and they began a relationship (in interviews since she has called him the 'first nice boyfriend' she ever had), although he had no job due to the move and their life was being financed on the small wage that Ginger was earning. She decided to find something that would support them both better and responded to an advertisement from the 'World Modeling Agency' in the September of 1983. From her young looks and her great physique, they hired her on the spot and one of her first roles was a spread in the popular adult magazine, Penthouse. This exposure gained her publicity in the industry and by the December of that year she began working in adult videos. Her first films include the 1984 releases 'Surrender In Paradise', 'Slumber Party', 'Supergirls Do General Hospital' and 'Suze's Centerfolds 8'.
Due to these appearances, her fame grew quickly and by the end of her career she had appeared in over 220 films (although some were reused clips from earlier performances, the exact number of original scenes shot is unknown). She was the original 'Vivid Girl' (a rumoured relationship with the owner of Vivid Entertainment, Steve Hirsch, may well have influenced this) and she also had her own line of videos released through the company. She became a favourite among fans for performing anal and DP (double penetration) which were extremely rare for a huge name like her to do at that time, along with also frequently appearing in lesbian scenes (in which she was extremely vocal, and through which she has been credited with popularising 'dirty talk' during sex scenes). Throughout her career she worked with some of the biggest names at the time, including Ron Jeremy, Tom Byron and the infamous John Holmes.
Although almost all of Ginger's movies made a profit for the studio, some did a lot better in sales volume than others. This may have been due to the marketing, or in some cases the groundbreaking themes and studios behind the actual video itself. Although it would be presumed inevitable that the later releases would have had lesser impact (especially from her deal in 1999 with VCA) due to such sources as the internet taking up many of the sales from the video business, this was actually proven wrong when the sales volumes were looked at and some of her later releases turned out to be some of her best selling videos. Below are a list of all notable videos that sold extremely well featuring Ginger, and the story behind them.
Ginger Lynn decided to stop making adult movies in February 1986, mainly due to her realising the extent of her fame and wanting to establish a mainstream careeer in Hollywood films. Many of the films in which she appeared in were 'B movies' which contained large amounts of sex scenes anyway, the most notable of those in which she appeared include the 'Vice Academy' series, 'The Stranger' and 'Ultimate Taboo'. She also appeared in the music video for 'Turn the Page', a song by the popular heavy metal band Metallica and had a small role in the television series 'NYPD Blue'. During her retirement from the industry, Ginger gave birth to a son (named Sterling) on the 24th of March 1996 and also famously dated the hollywood actor Charlie Sheen.
After touring nightclubs and bars around the country giving stripshows and interviews during her retirement, Ginger Lynn signed a long-awaited comeback deal with the adult film company VCA Pictures in 1999. She starred in 4 new productions for them, the best selling being the 1999 release 'Torn' with the three others being 'White Lightning' and 'New Wave Hookers 6' (both released in 2000) and the final film being 'Taken' which was released in 2001. In the summer of the year 2000 she underwent a hysterectomy and a course of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cervical cancer, she was later confirmed cancer free.
In 2002, Ginger decided not to negotiate a new contract and retired from the adult movie industry for the second and probably final time, focusing on trying to land mainstream film roles and making it the celebrity world. She has succeeded to an extent, with a 2005 role in 'American Pie: Band Camp' as the camp nurse and landing a starring role in the 2006 sexual comedy 'Kisses and Caroms'. She has also been a host on Playboy Radio on Sirius Radio since March 2006, co-presenting the show 'Night Calls Radio' with her friend and previous co-star Christy Canyon.
GingerLynn.com is the official website of Ginger, on which she has created an archive of most of the movies she has appeared in (more are added on a weekly basis) along with keeping a diary of her events, selling personal items on the auction website eBay and running her own official store. Her official site has proven popular with fans and as of 2006 is within the top half-million websites visited on the net (according to ranking site Alexa.com). Like many videos of the time, films featuring Ginger are hard to license for web use and one of the few other sites that work towards creating an archive of the films that feature her is Porn Star Classics which as yet does not contain as many videos featuring Ginger Lynn as her official site does, but also updates weekly.
Although there have been many requests from fans on her site, emailed to her both in private along with being posted on messageboards dedicated to her, Ginger never updates the site with new or original content (be it hardcore, softcore or merely photoshoots). Some fans have questioned why she runs her official site if retired when she refuses to produce new material for it, whereas others are greatful for not having to buy all of the releases that featured her which would cost a lot more than the subscription fee per month that her official website charges in order to view a large archive of videos from the time.
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