Mary Carey (pornographic actress)
Mary Carey attending the Exxxotica Expo, Los Angeles, CA on August 26, 2011
|Born||Mary Ellen Cook
June 15, 1980 
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Other names||Mary Cary, Marey Carey|
|Ethnicity||European and Native American|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||120 lb (54 kg; 8.6 st)|
|No. of adult films||102 as performer
3 as director
Carey was born in Cleveland, Ohio to a mother with schizophrenia and a father with cerebral palsy. Her maternal grandparents cared for her from the time she was three months old. After her parents divorced, her mother moved in with Carey and her grandparents. When she was seven years old, she moved with her family from Cleveland to Florida, and the next year Carey was legally adopted by her grandparents.
Carey studied ballet from the age of seven until she was 19 years old. She graduated in 1998 from the Pine Crest School, a Fort Lauderdale private preparatory school. At 19, she joined the dance team at Florida Atlantic University, where she was a student in the theater department.
After her grandfather's death, her grandmother's health worsened and Carey took a job as an exotic dancer to help support the family financially. Upon noticing that the "feature dancers" made much more money, she asked an agent how she could become one too. The agent recommended that she become a porn star (the large fan base that successful porn stars have gives them superior drawing power when they dance in-person at strip clubs). Carey travelled to Los Angeles and made the rounds of producers and studios in the adult film industry, eventually landing a job with Playboy TV. Carey retired from performing in adult films in 2008.
In 2009, she made a film titled Celebrity Pornhab with Dr. Screw. The film is a pornographic parody of the VH1 show, and includes a sex scene between Mary Carey and a female costar. Drew Pinsky commented in a January 2010 TV Guide story, "She puts together, like, six weeks at a time of sobriety, then drifts away. We're trying to get her to stay with it once and for all."
Carey was also in the 2010 documentary After Porn Ends, which is about life after being a porn actor.
She was featured on VH1's reality series Celebrity Rehab, and has appeared in more than 100 adult films. and she has a product line with Doc Johnson adult toy company. She appeared in VH1's series Sober House, which premiered in January 2009.
During the 2003 California recall election, Carey signed a contract with Kick Ass Pictures and, as a publicity stunt, they came up with the idea that Carey should run for governor. She was an independent candidate, placing tenth in a field of 135 candidates. She ran on an eleven-point platform that included somewhat tongue-in-cheek promises of taxing breast implants, making lap dances tax-deductible, and creating a "Porn for Pistols" exchange program.
In June 2005, Carey announced her bid for Lieutenant Governor of California as an independent in 2006. She has also said that she hopes to run for a major party nomination to be President of the United States upon her reaching the age of 35, per the minimum age requirement for United States presidents. She dropped out of the race in October 2006 to take care of her mother who had jumped off a building while off her medications.
During and immediately following her gubernatorial bid in 2003, Carey was occasionally featured as a guest on various political talk shows. Carey maintained on the Fox News channel on March 16, 2006 that her pornographic films are not a negative to her political career, citing the political successes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronald Reagan. She also maintained that, unlike the films in which Schwarzenegger and Reagan starred, her films are about "love".
In April 2005, Carey was arrested in connection with a Lakewood, Washington, cabaret sting operation, for violating a city strip club ordinance that forbids dancers from sexually touching themselves. She subsequently made a plea agreement and received a 19-month sentence, which was suspended on the condition that she was not charged with any other offense within one year.
In January/February 2008, Carey was featured on the VH1 reality TV series Celebrity Rehab, receiving treatment for alcoholism. While on Celebrity Rehab, she stated that she would leave the porn industry and straighten out her life because of her mother, who was hospitalized in Florida after jumping off a four-story building the previous month.
In the reunion episode of the show taped approximately six months after leaving rehab, she claimed she had not made an adult movie since becoming sober and intends to never make another one. However, she continues to "feature dance" in clubs, saying that she needs the money to care for her mother, but also hopes to stop doing this. In an interview with AVN magazine, Carey stated that she had entered rehab to tackle an addiction to Xanax (which she had developed around the time she dropped out of her second run for governor) and that the focus on alcohol was created by the show.
During an interview with The Howard Stern Show on November 29, 2010; Pinsky commented that Carey was doing "a lot better". In 2011, Carey was interviewed for Celebrity Rehab Revisited stating that, following the end of Celebrity Rehab, she had quit Xanax and binge drinking, apart from occasional champagne. She had been married to an electrician for two years and stopped making adult films, but continued making a living with personal appearances in night clubs and strip clubs. Counselor Bob Forrest, while critical of her continuing to drink "occasional champagne," noted her improvement, saying "it's progress, not perfection and Mary's progressing and she's a million miles away from where she was when we met her five years ago."
- 2004 AVN Award – Best Overall Marketing Campaign (Individual Project) – Mary Carey Campaign
- 2004 FOXE Award – Vixen of the Year
- 2004 XRCO Award – Mainstream's Adult Media Favorite
- 2006 AVN Award – Best Overall Marketing Campaign (Individual Project) – Mary Carey's Dinner with President Bush
- 2013 AVN Hall of Fame inductee
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- Rochlin, Margy (February 1, 2010), "Addicted to Rehab", TV Guide: 34–35
- WorldNetDaily: Bush dinner's porn star: I'm a praying Christian
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- "Video: Celebrity Rehab - Mary Carey and her Toy!". Retrieved 2008-02-05.
- "Episode Cast for: "Celebrity Rehaby with Dr. Drew"!". Retrieved 2008-02-05.
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- Heidi Pike-Johnson (2004-01-12). "Evil Angel, Wicked Pictures Big Winners at 2004 AVN Awards". AVN. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
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- "Jules Jordan, Evil Angel, Elegant Angel, Wicked Pictures Capture XRCO Awards". AVN. 2004-08-19. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
- "2006 AVN Award Winners Announced". AVN. 2006-01-09. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
- AVN Staff (2012-12-21). "AVN Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees". AVN. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
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