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Linda Boreman (January 10 1949–April 23 2002) became famous as a pornographic actress under the stage name Linda Lovelace in the 1972 film Deep Throat. She later became an advocate against pornography and insisted on using the name Boreman.
The daughter of a policeman, Boreman made several hard core short features before making Deep Throat, perhaps the most financially successful porn movie ever. After becoming famous she starred in several soft core movies, which were flops. Boreman maintained that she herself was not paid for her work in Deep Throat and that her husband, Chuck Traynor, received only $1,250 (1972 US dollars) for it. Over the years she was sometimes accused of having made zoophilia pornography before Deep Throat, a charge that she always denied. However, several 8 mm "fetish" loops that still circulate confirm the assertions.
For many years after the film debuted, Boreman claimed that her husband, whom she divorced in 1973, had forced her into pornography at gunpoint and that in Deep Throat itself bruises from his beatings can be seen on her legs. Traynor went on to marry and guide the career of Marilyn Chambers, another major porn star. According to Boreman's 1980 autobiography Ordeal, the couple's relationship was plagued by violence, rape, prostitution and, of course, pornography.
Boreman testified before congressional committees investigating pornography and also gave lectures on college campuses and elsewhere, always decrying what she described as callous and exploitative practices of the pornography industry.
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