Belladonna (actress)

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Belladonna
Belladonna 2010.jpg
Belladonna attending the Exxxotica Adult Entertainment Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California on July 10, 2010
Born Michelle Anne Sinclair
(1981-05-21) May 21, 1981 (age 33)
Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
Ethnicity German/Scottish/Cherokee/n[1][2]
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[3]
Weight 127 lb (58 kg; 9.1 st)
Spouse(s) Aiden Kelly[4]
No. of adult films 330 as actress
89 as director (per IAFD)[5]
Website
http://www.enterbelladonna.com/

Belladonna (born Michelle Anne Sinclair[6] on May 21, 1981[4]) is an semi-retired American pornographic actress and producer.[7] She actively sought to become a porn actress. Because of concerns about sexually transmitted diseases, she seldom appears in front of the camera today, but continues producing movies.

Personal life[edit]

Michelle Anne Sinclair was born in Biloxi, Mississippi[3] as the second of eight children.[1] The family had German, Scottish, and Cherokee roots.[1][2] She experienced her first kiss at age 12,[8] got her first tattoo at 13,[3] had her first intercourse at 14, her first anal sex at 16.[3] Sinclair dropped out of high school and moved out of her parents' house at 15. She also stayed in Utah for a short period of her life.[9] Prior to her pornography career she worked for 7-11, Victoria’s Secret, Sears and Subway.[8] She was formerly engaged to fellow porn actor Nacho Vidal.[9] On April 11, 2004, she married Aiden Kelly in Las Vegas, Nevada.[4] She has a daughter, Myla Kelly,[10] who was born in January 2005.[11][12]

Her interests include Pilates, yoga, gardening, movies, singing, video games, aquariums, cooking, traveling and outdoor activities.[13]

Porn career[edit]

Her introduction to the adult industry came about when an agent came to Utah to see one of her friends, who introduced him to her.[9] The next day she flew to Los Angeles with the intention of joining the industry.[3] Immediately prior to starting her porn career she was dancing in a club in Utah.[3] The pseudonym "Belladonna" came in part from a friend in Utah named Bella; later, an early agent suggested Bella Donna as it means "beautiful woman" in Italian.[14] Her motivation to join the adult industry was mainly financial.[8]

Belladonna at the 2007 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo

Her career began in 2000 when she was 18.[9] Her first film was Real Sex Magazine.[9] As the scene involved anal sex she had to perform her first enema, and she was also required to urinate on her co-star.[8] One of her early films featured Sinclair in a rough group sex scene with twelve men, staged in a prison.[6] She has since appeared in over 300 adult films, including titles such as Service Animals 6 & 7, She-Male Domination Nation, Bella Loves Jenna, Back 2 Evil, Weapons of Ass Destruction, and Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge.[13] In 2002 she featured in the multi award-winning BDSM themed Fashionistas; its director John Stagliano described her as "a woman with the most incredible sexual abilities I’ve ever seen."[13] As well as Stagliano she has often been directed by Nacho Vidal, Jules Jordan and Rocco Siffredi.[13] In 2003 she signed a contract with Sineplex, for whom she also directed.[3] She now owns and operates Belladonna Entertainment with her partner and husband, Aiden Kelly. She produces her own movies under the Belladonna Entertainment and Deadly Nightshade Productions labels, exclusively distributed by Evil Angel.[15] Her directorial debut for Evil Angel was Evil Pink in 2003.[13] She has since created and starred in series including Fetish Fanatic, Dark Meat, No Warning, Odd Jobs, Belladonna's Butthole Whores, Foot Soldiers, Girl Train, Manhandled, Fucking Girls, Evil Pink, Cock Happy and My Ass Is Haunted.[16] Her productions are classed as Gonzo pornography.[13]

Appearances[edit]

She has appeared several times in the reality television series Family Business, which focuses on the life of porn director Adam Glasser a.k.a. "Seymore Butts". In 2004 she was one of a number of porn stars photographed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders for a "coffee table book" on the adult industry, XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits; she also appears in the HBO documentary Thinking XXX about the making of the book.

Belladonna was featured on the cover of metalcore band Asking Alexandria's sophomore album titled Reckless & Relentless, where she is seen sitting in a dirty, dark room.[17] She is also later featured in their short film Through Sin + Self Destruction.

In a 2007 interview with the Salt Lake City Weekly,[6] Sinclair expressed some regret about aspects of her career in pornography, particularly her early notoriety for performing acts and scenes that many other performers regarded as extreme or taboo. Lamenting the lack of guidance from more experienced actresses, Sinclair described an extended period of clinical depression. Sinclair stressed in this same interview, however, that she took responsibility for all her decisions and that she was never forced to perform.

In June 2010 it was announced that she would be part of the cast of the upcoming horror movie Stripped.[18]

In 2011, she was named by CNBC as one of the 12 most popular stars in porn.[19] CNBC noted that while she had stepped back from acting to pursue directing and producing, she has maintained a loyal fan base, and has been nominated for 42 AVN awards and won 10 in the course of her career.

Media attention from Primetime[edit]

Belladonna attending the Los Angeles Erotica 2009

Her career in the pornography business was followed for two years by a crew from ABC Television, culminating in a January 2003 interview with Diane Sawyer as part of a Primetime Thursday segment on pornography.[13] At one point in the interview Belladonna broke down in tears, when Sawyer asked her, "You keep describing these awful things that happened to you. Yet, you keep smiling. Why?" Belladonna's smile wavered and her eyes watered up. "It's so I don't start crying," she said.[13] Part of the footage for the segment was an interview with Belladonna's sister, who had moved out to Los Angeles at Belladonna's urging, and who had gotten a job at Red Light District Films. Belladonna's sister revealed on-camera that despite her claims, Belladonna was actually quite depressed, and had recently been hospitalized following a suicide attempt. Another topic discussed in the interview was the fact that Belladonna had contracted chlamydia.[20] The publicity provided by the interview boosted Belladonna's career.[13]

The interview has since been used by a number of anti-pornography groups to support their case that pornography is exploitative of the women who appear in it; nevertheless, Sinclair remained an active performer in the industry. In later interviews, Sinclair claimed that she had never intended to make "anti-porn" statements.[3] In one interview, when she was asked if she was happy how the interview came out, her reply was:

ABC contacted her once to do a follow-up to the interview; she refused saying, "No thank you. I don't want to be embarrassed again."[14] Several figures in the porn industry objected to her comments on the program.[3]

Semi-retirement[edit]

In August 2007, Sinclair decided to semi-retire from performing with other people over concerns of STDs, specifically herpes. She thought she had contracted herpes in 2002 and was worried the disease had spread; however it was later discovered that it was a skin rash rather than herpes. Regardless, she still decided to semi-retire.[22][23][24]

However, according to a 2008 post on Sinclair's blog, she has since come out of retirement, and has filmed a number of hardcore scenes.[25] She appeared in Digital Playground's Pirates II, the sequel to their top-selling DVD, Pirates.[26] She has also appeared in James Gunn's PG Porn.

In July 2012, she announced via Twitter that she was "no longer interested in having sex on camera" and would be pursuing her other interests.[7]

Awards[edit]

AVN Awards[edit]

The AVN Awards are sponsored and presented by the American adult video industry trade magazine AVN (Adult Video News). Belladona has been nominated for 43 AVN Awards, of which she has won 10. In 2011, she was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame.

Year Result Award[27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34] Film Co-winners/co-nominees
2011 Won AVN Hall of Fame[35]
2009 Won Best All-Girl 3-Way Sex Scene Belladonna's Girl Train Aiden Starr & Kimberly Kane
Won Best Supporting Actress Pirates II
Won Best All-Girl Couples Sex Scene Jesse Jane
Nominated Best All-Girl 3-Way Sex Scene Katsuni & Stoya
Nominated Best Threeway Sex Scene Sasha Grey & Evan Stone
Nominated Cock Pigs Brianna Love & Mr. Pete
Nominated Best All-Girl Couples Sex Scene Belladonna's Fucking Girls 6 Lexi Belle
Nominated Best Anal Sex Scene Butthole Whores 2 Steve Holmes
Nominated Best Director (Non-Feature) Discovering Alexis Texas
Nominated Best Oral Sex Scene Belladonna's Odd Jobs 3
Nominated Director of the Year
Nominated Female Performer of the Year
2008 Won Best Director (Non-Feature) Belladonna: Manhandled 2
Nominated Best Couples Sex Scene (Video) Tony T.
Nominated Director of the Year (Body of Work)
Nominated Best All-Girl Sex Scene (Video) Belladonna's Fucking Girls 4 Naomi
Nominated Best Group Sex Scene (Video) I Dream of Jenna 2 Jenna Jameson, Nikita Denise, Aurora Snow, Cindy Crawford, Alaura Eden, Courtney & T.T. Boy
Nominated Best Oral Sex Scene (Video)
Nominated Fashionistas Safado: Berlin
Nominated Best Solo Sex Scene Butthole Whores
Nominated Most Outrageous Sex Scene Belladonna Fetish Fanatic 5 Claire Adams
2007 Won Best Group Sex Scene (Video) Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge Melissa Lauren, Jenna Haze, Gianna Michaels, Sandra Romain, Adrianna Nicole, Flower Tucci, Sasha Grey, Nicole Sheridan, Marie Luv, Caroline Pierce, Lia Baren, Jewell Marceau, Jean Val Jean, Christian XXX, Voodoo, Chris Charming, Erik Everhard, Mr. Pete & Rocco Siffredi
Nominated Best Actress (Video)
Nominated Director of the Year (Body of Work)
Nominated Best All-Girl Sex Scene (Video) Belladonna: No Warning Chloe Dior
2005 Nominated The Connasseur Catalina
Nominated Bella Loves Jenna Jenna Jameson
Nominated Best Anal Sex Scene Nacho Vidal
2004 Won Best Sex Scene Coupling (Video) Back 2 Evil Nacho Vidal
Nominated Best Oral Sex Scene (Video)
Nominated Female Performer of the Year
Nominated Best Anal Sex Scene (Video) Anal Trainer 4 Manuel Ferrara
Nominated Best Three-Way Sex Scene (Video) Latin Amore Dee & Billy Glide
Nominated Best Three-Way Sex Scene (Video) New Wave Hookers 7 Tyce Bune & Joel Lawrence
Nominated Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production Rocco: Animal Trainer 10 Daniella, Sara & Nacho Vidal
Nominated Most Outrageous Sex Scene She-Male Domination Nation Nacho Vidal & Carol
2003 Won Best Supporting Actress (Film) The Fashionistas
Won Best Tease Performance
Won Best All-Girl Sex Scene (Film) Taylor St. Claire
Won Best Oral Sex Scene (Film) Rocco Siffredi
Nominated Mark Ashley & Billy Glide
Nominated Female Performer of the Year
Nominated Best Anal Sex Scene (Video) Up Your Ass 19 Lexington Steele

XRCO Awards[edit]

The XRCO Awards are given by the X-Rated Critics Organization annually to people working in adult entertainment.

Year Result Award[36] Film Co-winners/co-nominees
2006 Nominated Best Single Performance (Actress) Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge
2004 Nominated Best Sex Scene (Couple) Bella Loves Jenna Nacho Vidal
Nominated Best Girl/Girl Scene Jenna Jameson
Nominated Orgasmic Oralist
2003 Nominated Female Performer of the Year
Nominated Best Sex Scene (Couple) Back 2 Evil Nacho Vidal
Nominated Orgasmic Oralist
Nominated Orgasmic Analist
2002 Won Female Performer of the Year[37]
Won Best Single Performance (Actress)[37] The Fashionistas
Won Best Girl-Girl Sex Scene[37] Taylor St. Clair
Won Orgasmic Analist[37]

F.A.M.E. Awards[edit]

The Fans of Adult Media and Entertainment Awards (or F.A.M.E.) were created in 2006 by Genesis magazine, Adam & Eve Sex Toys, WantedList.com and AVN as a means for the public to vote for their favorites.

Year Result Award[38][39][40]
2008 Nominated Favorite Female Performer
Nominated Favorite Ass
Nominated Favorite Director
2007 Won Dirtiest Girl in Porn
Nominated Favorite Female Starlet
Nominated Favorite Anal Starlet
Nominated Favorite Ass
2006 Nominated Favorite Butt
Nominated Favorite Adult Actress

Ninfa Prize[edit]

Ninfa Prizes are awarded at the annual Spanish pornographic film festival, the Festival Internacional de Cine Erótico de Barcelona.

Year Result Award Film
2003 Won Best Actress[41] The Fashionistas
2007 Won Special Jury Award[42][43]
2007 Won Most Original Sex Scene[42] Fashionistas Safado

XBIZ Awards[edit]

Year Result Award[44]
2009 Won Director (Body of Work)

AFWG Awards[edit]

Year Result Award[45][46] Film Co-winners/co-nominees
2008 Won Directrix Of The Year Iodine Girl
2003 Won American Female Performer of the Year
Won Best Supporting Actress (Film) The Fashionistas
Won Best All-Girl Sex Scene (Film) Taylor St. Claire
Won Best Anal Sex Scene (Video) Up Your Ass 19 Lexington Steele

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