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The Devil Made Me Do It Paperback – March 20, 2008
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Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D.--Huge Georgina Spelvin admirer. Porn star turned artist/sexologist.
The story of how Georgina got to be a porn star in the first place is really funny. She applied to cater The Devil In Miss Jones, and was asked to do a line reading with one of the men who was auditioning. He wasn't hired, but she was, to star in it. She also did the catering. That's maybe the only time the star of a movie that did this well also did the cooking and washed the dishes. It was a friendly set. The director dried.
Having already dropped out of corporate America and become part of a hippie film commune, Georgina ploughed her money into making socially and politically conscious films. She got slippery for the revolution. How did a nice girl ... you know. Remember it was the `60s. Everybody decided the old values weren't working, dropped back to zero, and tried everything.
I'm glad the stuff I tried wasn't filmed.
The book is fabulous. I've published seven books as an author and edited more than 200. This is one of the best. Really. I can't imagine anyone who is not a Bishop reading it and not having a good time. Hell, the best character in it is Georgina's mother. It's that good.
When she writes about her sexual escapades, she does so with straightforward honesty and humor that is racy, sensual and erotic without being phony, vulgar or fake. The way she includes her thoughts in various situations, like a written stage whisper, is a real hoot!
And when she talks about the times that are less than rosy, even downright ugly, she does it without pulling any punches, and without looking for pity, thank you so very much! Yet, even then she finds some humor such that you smile as you grimace (that's not easy, let me tell you!)
I have no literary credentials, but I love to read. I loved this book, and I think you will too!
Georgina had had some success as chorus dancer on Broadway. She was featured in "Guys and Dolls", "Sweet Charity" and was an understudy for the lead in "The Pajama Game."
Georgina went to interview with adult film director Gerard Damiano, who had recently produced one of the most successful porn films of all time--"Deep Throat." She was applying to run the food service providing the meals for a new adult film he was making called "The Devil In Miss Jones." She'd pretty much nailed down that job at a day rate of $25 per day plus food costs. While she was there Gerard (Jerry) was interviewing Harry Reems, the potential lead male in his project. Since she was there, Jerry asked her if she'd read the female lead's dialogue to make it easier for the potential male lead to read his lines.
After the reading Jerry told her she had the cooking job for the $25 per day. He also told her she had the Miss Jones role in the film. She was stunned, but desperate for money to pay the commune's rent, so she accepted. One of the bosses for the film told Jerry that he was crazy to cast Spelvin in the role because she was too old at 32 and was flat chested.Read more ›
While the book covers the making of "The Devil & Miss Jones" in rich detail and recounts a few anecdotes from Ms. Spelvin's adult film career, the bulk of the material focuses on her life away from the camera's eye. We learn of her upbringing, career in "legitimate" entertainment, life as a free spirit, battles with alcoholism, and redemption as a healthy and happy retiree. While she never shies away from her adult work and is quite frank when she discusses those times, they are revealed to be no more than a single facet of a colorful life.
In "The Devil Made Me Do It", we are treated to something quite rare in the realm of adult entertainer biographies; the full reveal, the reality of the person behind the fantasy.
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Strange book. I've heard people who talk like the author but never read a book like they talk. Was looking to understand why people f.. in front of a video camera. Read morePublished 24 days ago by RR
A lively tome describing a freewheeling time in the infancy of the porn 'industry' as well as a poignant description of a decent into addiction and the recovery from it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by balloons
Spelvin writes about her sexual performance career in a personable way - knows what she is talking about as far as that era goes. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
good history of a good actress. a good look at the 70's makes me wish I was born 10 years earlierPublished on April 9, 2014 by Kindle Customer