Royalle at the 2013 CineKink awards
October 15, 1950 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Candace Chambers, Candice Ball, Candice Chambers, Candida Royalle|
|Ethnicity||Italian, Irish, Scottish, Cherokee|
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|No. of adult films||74 films and 17 as director|
Early life and education
Royalle was born on October 15, 1950 in New York City. Initially trained in music, dance, and art in New York, with studies at the High School of Art and Design, Parson's School of Design and the City University of New York, she eventually entered a career as a porn star, acting in some 25 films.
In 1984, Royalle founded Femme Productions, with the goal of making erotica based on female desire, as well as pornographic films aimed at helping couple therapy. Her productions are aimed more to women and couples than to the standard pornographic audience of men, and have been praised by counselors and therapists for depicting healthy and realistic sexual activity. Her company has been very successful, producing a series of products known to have a more artistic touch, lacking some aspects of common porn, like a focus on male ejaculation. She described her approach to film-making in an interview in the Wendy McElroy 1995 book XXX: A Woman's Right to Pornography. Royalle has stated she tries to avoid "misogynous predictability," and depiction of sex in "...as grotesque and graphic [a way] as possible." She also criticizes the male-centredness of the typical pornographic film, in which scenes end when the male actor ejaculates. Royalle’s films are not “goal oriented” towards a final "cum shot"; instead, her films depict sexual activity within the broader context of women's emotional and social lives.
In 1989, she signed the Post Porn Modernist Manifesto.
Royalle is also a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and a founding board-member of Feminists for Free Expression. She recently made her mission of women's sexual empowerment multi-cultural by executive producing the independent film Afrodite Superstar, directed by African American director Venus Hottentot, a breakthrough film nominated for seven AVN Awards in 2007. Royalle is credited with also directing the explicit sex scenes, one of which features her Natural Contours products.
Royalle is one of twenty-five women of the golden era of adult films featured in the 2012 book by author Jill C. Nelson titled: Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985 published by BearManor Media.
In May 2006, Royalle announced that she was engaged to be married.
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- Wendy McElroy. XXX: A Woman's Right to Pornography, 1995. Chapter 7.
- "Girls on top" by Lilly Bragge, The Age, June 16, 2004.
- Post Porn Modernist Manifesto c.1989
- Abby Ehmann (2006-05-16). "Candida Royalle". Eros NY. Archived from the original on November 17, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-26.
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