Christy Canyon

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Christy Canyon
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Canyon at the F.O.X.E. Awards in February 2006
Born Melissa Bardizbanian
(1966-06-17) June 17, 1966 (age 48)[1]
Pasadena, California, United States
Other names Christie Canyon, Cristy Canyon, Missy, Tara White, Sara Wine, Tara Wine, Linda Daniel, DeeDee
Ethnicity American/Armenian/Italian[2]
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 130 lb (59 kg; 9.3 st)
No. of adult films 119 (+149 compilations)[2]

Christy Canyon (born Melissa Bardizbanian,June 17, 1966)[1] is an American radio personality, AVN and XRCO Hall of Fame inductee, and retired pornographic actress.[3]


Canyon has performed in over 100 adult films and effectively "retired" from performing in-front-of-the-camera three times, as she shot films from September 1984 to March 1985; June 1989 to December 1992; and, 1995 to 1997 (as an exclusive/contract performer for Vivid).

In her autobiography, Canyon stated that porn actor Greg Rome approached her while she was waiting for a ride in Hollywood, and told her that she would be a terrific figure model. He gave her the business card of adult magazine and film recruiter/agent Jim South, of World Modeling Agency.[4] After visiting South's office she posed for men's magazines and began her video career shortly thereafter. She has stated that her first on-screen performance was with Ronald "Ron" Jeremy (Hyatt) in 1984's "Swedish Erotica 57," and that Jeremy soon became a close friend in the business.

In a 2005 interview on Taylor Wane's radio show, Canyon stated that on-camera she had protected sex (with condoms) with all of her male co-stars during her time with Vivid Entertainment in the mid-1990s.[5]

From 2005 to March of 2011, she was co-host of Sirius XM Satellite Radio's Playboy Radio show Night Calls.[6][7] As of April 2011 she became co-host of Sirius XM Satellite Radio's Spice Sex Circus with Ginger Lynn and sole host of Sirius XM Satellite Radio's weekly Legends of Porn.[8] She co-hosted Radio Sex You Porn on Sirius/XM Channel 102, until October 2013 when the channel went off the air. In December of 2013, she became the host of The Christy Canyon Show on Vivid Radio on Sirius/XM Channel 102.


Canyon is retired from performing in adult films and dancing on the road, but she still has an adult-related career, concentrating on her web site, working as a host for Vivid Radio and selling merchandise on eBay and ABIBIDS. In 2003, she published her autobiography, titled Lights, Camera, Sex (ISBN 0-9727470-0-1), which is still in print. In November of 2005, she appeared as a judge on the first season of Jenna's American Sex Star.

The ABC News show ABC News Nightline featured Canyon in a 2010 interview, in a segment titled Porn: When the Camera Stops as part of the series Modern Sex in America.[9]


Canyon has won several "best female performance"-type awards and is a member of both the XRCO and AVN Halls of Fame.

The music group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark mentions Canyon in the song "Heaven Is," from its 1993 album Liberator. [10]

Personal life[edit]

Canyon was born in California to an Armenian-American father and an Italian-American mother. She has been married and divorced three times and is the mother of two adopted children.[11]


Partial filmography[edit]

  • I Like To Be Watched (1984)
  • Hollywood Starlets (1985)
  • Educating Mandy (1985)
  • Black Throat (1985)
  • Holly Does Hollywood (1985)
  • Savage Fury (1985)
  • Star 90 (1990)
  • Passages 1-4 (1991)
  • Comeback (1995)
  • Oral Addiction (1996)
  • Domination Nation 1 and 2 (both 1997)
  • The Top 25 Adult Stars of All Time (1999)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Canyon, Christy (2004). Lights, Camera, Sex!. Canyon Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-9727470-0-4. June 17th, 1984. I woke up alone on my eighteenth birthday. 
  2. ^ a b "Christy Canyon - biography filmography". Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  3. ^ Digest, Wiki (2013). Pornodarstellerinnen: alle wichtigen Akteurinnen im Überblick. Berlin, Germany: Epubli. ISBN 9783844251326. 
  4. ^ Canyon, Christy (2004). Lights, Camera, Sex!. p. 23. 
  5. ^ Christy Canyon & Taylor Wane Swap Guy Yarns
  6. ^ "Playboy Radio". Archived from the original on Mar 26, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  7. ^ "Night Calls". Dogstar Radio. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  8. ^ Spice Radio
  9. ^ Staff. "Porn: When the Camera Stops". ABC News via YouTube. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Lyrics for "Heaven Is" on the official OMD website". Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  11. ^ Modesti, Kevin (14 February 2009). "For Vivid Celebration, A Star Is Porn Again". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Adult Video Awards". Archived from the original on Feb 5, 2003. Retrieved Dec 23, 2007. 
  13. ^ a b "Past AVN Award Winners". Archived from the original on Jan 27, 2012. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  14. ^ "AVN Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  15. ^ "XRCO Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Legends of Erotica". Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  18. ^ "Sex and Free Speech, Renaissance Style". Retrieved 2009-10-14. 

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