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This question is obviously inspired by Sasha Grey's entrance into mainstream moviemaking in Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience".

Was there a Adult actor or actress who made such a move successfully?

If so, who was the first known one?

To reject (probably numerous) unsuccesful attempts, I'm ONLY looking for the actor/actress that:

  • Were legitimate full time Adult ones, meaning roles in at least 2-3 movies that would reasonably be classified as Adult Movies, ideally from known studio.

  • After that, for a period of at least 5 years, derived their main income from mainstream movies (or TV or live theater), appearing in at least 3-5 ones.

  • Have not had any acting roles in Adult Movies after that.

To avoid offending people, please refrain from linking to adult-themed sites in your answers - most actors are listed on either IMDB or Wiki, I would hope; or from listing - never mind including pictures from adult movies they were in.

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I believe that Brent Corrigan is currently treading this path. – TRiG Apr 13 '15 at 16:41
@BhaskarVashishth - not only does your comment repeat what an existing answer stated - it isn't even correct, as (as the answer notes) the example doesn't fulfill the question's requirements. – DVK Jun 1 '15 at 23:55
up vote 18 down vote accepted

My clear choice for winner here is IMDB: Traci Lords, who resents her "ex-adult star" title.

If she's not the first to leave the industry, she's clearly the most famous.

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This probably shouldn't count because it doesn't meet your first criterion, but I think it is notable. Sylvester Stallone's first film was a (soft-core) adult film called The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970) (a.k.a. Italian Stallion). He only did it because he was very desperate for money so I wouldn't call him an adult actor.

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Yes, I would agree. It wasn't a "career" for him, just a one-off temp job. – DVK Jan 26 '12 at 11:21

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