February 14, 1967
|Died||August 25, 2004
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Geoffrey Karen Dior, Geoffrey Gann, Geoff Gann, Ricky Van, Rick Van|
|Occupation||Actress, Singer, Director, Activist, Writer|
|No. of adult films||120 adult|
Karen Dior (February 14, 1967 – August 25, 2004) was an American trans woman, pornographic and mainstream performer, film director, singer and writer. She was best known as a pioneer in popularizing adult films involving transsexual people.
Life and career
Born Geoffrey Gann in Missouri, Dior moved to Los Angeles at the age of 21 and began working in a beauty salon and performing in drag shows in West Hollywood bars. In 1989, she began appearing in bisexual and transsexual adult films. She performed in approximately 120 adult films, most of them under the Dior name. She also performed under the names Geoff Dior, Rick Van, Geoffrey Karen Dior, Geoffrey Gann, and Geoff Gann.
In the 1990s, Dior transitioned into mainstream film and television roles. Her first mainstream role was as Loni Anderson's stalker in the 1992 TV movie The Price She Paid. Other mainstream work included guest appearances in on the television series Xena: Warrior Princess, Head Over Heels, and Veronica's Closet.
Later years and death
Dior contracted HIV in 1995 and later worked as an AIDS activist. After leaving the adult film industry, Dior worked as writer and released her autobiography, Sleeping Under the Stars, in 2001. That same year, she released an album (under the name Geoffrey Karen Dior) S E X, and was a member of two bands, the Johnny Depp Clones and Goddess. She also earned a Ph.D. in philosophy in religion and became an ordained minister.
On August 25, 2004, Dior died of hepatitis.
- Single White Shemale (1992)
- Mystery Date (1992)
- A River Made to Drown In (1997)
- Xena: Warrior Princess (1 episode, 1997 - "Here She Comes... Miss Amphipolis")
- Head Over Heels (1 episode, 1997)
- Veronica's Closet (1 episode, 1998)
- Double Down (2001)
- I Dream Of Queenie (1997) "Produced and Directed"
- Genderella (1998)
- Playing the Odds (1998)
- Getting Personal (1999)
- Bi Athletes (2000)
- Bi-Dazzled (2001)
- Leather Temptation (2002)
- Bi-Sluts (2001) "2001 AVN Bisexual Nominated Adult Film"
- Sleeping Under the Stars (2001) ISBN 0-9706956-0-8
- Ebner, Mark; Cheevers, Jack (2006-03-23). "The Bagman". Hollywoodinterrupted.com. Retrieved 2008-12-27.
- Kay, Kerwin; Nagle, Jill; Gould, Baruch (2000). Male Lust : Pleasure, Power, and Transformation. Routledge. p. 343. ISBN 1-56023-981-6.
- Corliss, Richard (2005-01-19). "The Long Goodbye II". Time. Retrieved 2008-12-27.
- Karen Dior at the Internet Movie Database
- Karen Dior at the Adult Film Database
- Geoffrey Karen Dior discography at Discogs
- Karen Dior at Find a Grave