Friday, July 2, 2010

Nerd Girl of Note #69

The notorious Traci Lords rose to fame as a pornstar in such famous XXX films like New Wave Hookers and Let Me Tell Ya 'Bout White Chicks (over 79 titles all together). Then she was famous for being underage through the bulk of her porn career (starting at age fifteen, if memory serves). Finally, she found her way into B-Movies, which is where we shall concentrate. She did some music too, btw.

Her first straight film was the 1988 Roger Corman remake of the 1957 Roger Corman film Not of This Earth. Traci plays Nadine, a nurse who comes to work for a strange old man who needs regular blood transfusions. Turns out he is a vampire from space, and Nadine has been enabling him via these transfusions. It is a tacky, silly little romp that Corman certainly remade to take advantage of the loosening of nudity laws.

The film that really brought Ms. Lords to the spotlight, however, was John Waters out-of-nowhere smash Cry Baby (1990). Traci plays Wanda, one of the trailer-trash gang who is a tough little bad ass with a killer body. Not much of a stretch, obviously, but Traci really shined in the role and made a name for herself, and earned a lot of popular acclaim (not an easy task for a former pornstar, at the time).

The career went up and down from there. Highpoints; The Married With Children episode "Al Bundy, Shoe Dick," The Tommyknockers, Serial Mom, Melrose Place, Roseanne, Profiler, Blade, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Lowpoints... Well, there are a lot.

One thing I am unfortunately looking forward to is the Sci-Fi Channel's A Princess of Mars, which I know is going to be abominable. Lords stars as Dejah Thoris, and while she does not have the look that I imagine for Dejah Thoris (nor did E. R. Burroughs) I want to see it. I have to admit, it looks pretty bad though.



























9 comments:

Rex Venom said...

Heehee
Magic
Rock on!

Dr. MVM said...

I'd still do her in a heart beat.

Cory said...

I watched Princess of Mars on Netflix watch-it-now. It was actually slightly better than terrible, mostly because they kept Carter's super-strength and super-jumping (though the explanation for it was never broached), and the CGI Thoats and other beasties weren't too bad.

Though like every crappy sci-fi movie ever made, it ended with a final battle in an abandoned pumping station. Those must be really cheap to film a movie in.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I just finished Princess of Mars. It certainly could have been worse. I love the book too much to hate the movie, but also too much to love it ;-)

Cory said...

I hear that!

Though I will admit that I realized after reading the fifth Mars book and second Pellucidar book that ERB's writing is kinda all the same.

Still, the JC of Mars premise is so awesome that he still deserves great respect!

Jay Amabile said...

awesome post, I'm a fan of Traci so this was great.

Darius Whiteplume said...

Glad you like, Jay.

Lubbert Das said...

Always had a thing for Traci Lords....

Darius Whiteplume said...

Likewise. I think she was in my first truly dirty magazine. In a G/G spread with Christy Canyon.

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