Back in 1974, the sexual revolution was in full swing and the adult entertainment
business was on the verge of becoming Big Business. Deep Throat had created America’s
first porn star in 1972, but by 1974 Linda Lovelace was already retired and the industry
was seeking the next big thing. Vanessa del Rio should have been that thing, except
in 1974 there were no ethnic sex stars. Undeterred, Vanessa took any role they’d
give her, because, amazingly, she was there for the sex more than the money. Fans,
awed by her ferocious onscreen sexuality, made her a top box office draw and America’s
first Latina star. Retired since 1986, Vanessa del Rio remains a sexual icon who
cuts across all ethnic
What her fans don’t know is that her real life was, and is, as wild as anything she
did on film.
In this sumptuous over-sized volume, TASCHEN celebrates a remarkably candid, confident
and exuberantly sexual woman. Presented through Vanessa’s own archive, in her own
words, is a life at once shocking, titillating, amusing, and inspiring. And because
paper and ink can’t do justice to a personality this big,an original 140 minute
DVD documentary is included. If you aren’t already convinced, this book will end
all doubt that there could ever be another woman like Vanessa del Rio.
Vanessa del Rio is limited to a total of 1,500 numbered copies, each signed by Vanessa
• 1,300 copies in the Art Edition
• 200 copies in the Collector's Edition, with a signed watercolor lithograph of Vanessa
by acclaimed artist Robert Crumb
* Bonus for one lucky reader: one of the 1,500 copies contains a Golden Ticket )*
good for an all-expenses paid evening with Vanessa, to be documented by a world famous
"I just embraced the raw underbelly of life and let her carry me where she
would. She's given me quite a ride."
Vanessa del Rio
)* Golden Ticket Still Waiting to be Found!
The Golden Ticket hidden inside one very special copy of Vanessa del Rio: Fifty Years
of Slightly Slutty Behavior has yet to be claimed. That means there is still a chance
for you to be the one who spends a thrill-packed evening with the One True Porn Star
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