Keisha (pornographic actress)

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This article is about the American pornographic film actress. For the British pornographic film actress, see Keisha Kane.
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Born (1966-10-25) October 25, 1966 (age 48)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
Nationality American[1]
Other names Raquel Rios, Melissa Christian, Quisha, Keisha Dominguez, Rocky Rio,[1] Keicha
Ethnicity Spanish, Mexican, Native American, Swedish, English[2]
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[1]
Weight 140 lb (64 kg)[1]
No. of adult films 342 (per IAFD)[1]

Keisha (born October 25, 1966) is the stage name of an American erotic dancer and pornographic actress. She is an AVN,[3] XRCO,[4] and Legends of Erotica Hall of Fame inductee.[5]


Keisha had been employed as a legal secretary, but she wanted to do something more exciting, so she took a job as a phone sex operator.[6] In February 1986, the owner of the phone sex company took her to the XRCO Awards.[6] "People kept coming up to me and asking me if I was an actress and when I’d say no, they said 'Oh, you should be.' But what really hooked me was that when Traci Lords came onstage, a girlfriend of mine from the fantasy phone call company, leaned over to me and said, 'You see that girl there, she drives a Ferrari.' Good sex and a lot of money, that sounded great to me". After the awards show, Keisha talked to everyone she could who knew anything about the business in an effort to get more information as to whether this would really be something she would like to do. After about a month, she decided to do both movies and magazines.[2][7]

In March 1986, she appeared in her first adult feature entitled Reckless Passion.[1][6] A female performer had backed out of a scene, and Keisha stepped in to replace her. She went on to appear in more than 300 films and videos.[1]

In January 1987, she began stripping as a "feature dancer", making appearances at different strip clubs across the United States and Canada in which she would appear as the "star attraction" for the week. She would generally perform four shows a night, along with autograph signing sessions in which patrons could get a Polaroid picture taken with her, an autographed 8"X10" photograph, or a lap dance.[2][7]

Beginning in 1990-1991, she slowed down on making movies and focused mainly on feature dancing. She danced on the road about one to two weeks a month and would make a movie occasionally "just to keep something new out there". In 1996, she decided to attend college, wanting a break from the porn business. Upon graduation, she returned to porn in 1999.[7]

Mainstream appearances[edit]

Keisha has appeared in several mainstream movies, such as her role as "Michelle the Pitching Machine" in the 2006 Artie Lange comedy Beer League.[8] Her other appearances include the C. Thomas Howell action thriller The Sweeper in 1996[9] and the Corey Haim sci-fi horror film Watchers II in 1990;[10] credited as "Raquel Rios" in both.[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Partial filmography[edit]

  • Sex with a Stranger (1986)
  • Out of Control (1987)
  • Making Ends Meet (1988)
  • Making Her Way To The Top (1995)
  • You Go, Girl (1995)
  • Seasoned Players (2008)

Personal life[edit]

Keisha was born in Los Angeles, California, attended Westchester High School (in Westchester, California), and graduated in 1984 at the age of 17.[7] She is multi-ethnic; from her father's side, she is Spanish, Mexican, and American Indian, and, on her mother's side, she's Swedish and English.[2] She says that she was "always very sexual and even before I lost my virginity (at the age of 14), I had a reputation as a slut".[2][7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Staff. "Keisha". Internet Adult Film Database. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Keisha: Pornstar". Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "1997 AVN Awards". Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Staff. "Pirates Wins Big at XRCO Awards". Adult Video News. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Bill Margold - Historian of Adult Film". Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "Interview". Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e bio of pornstar Keisha
  8. ^ "Beer League (2006) Full Cast & Crew". Amazon via IMDb. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Sweeper (1996 Video) Full Cast & Crew". Amazon via IMDb. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Watchers II (1990) Full Cast & Crew". Amazon via IMDb. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Keisha (I) Actress". Amazon via IMDb. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Hottest Star". Retrieved 4 October 2014. 

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