Sharon Mitchell

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Sharon Mitchell
Sharon Mitchell.jpg
Born (1958-01-18) January 18, 1958 (age 56)
New Jersey, United States
Ethnicity Caucasian
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
No. of adult films 512 films and 29 as director (IAFD)

Sharon Mitchell (born January 18, 1956) is an American former erotic actress, with a pornography career spanning over two decades. In 1998 she founded the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation, which tested hundreds of adult film performers per month before a 2011 lawsuit led to the clinic's closure.

Adult film career[edit]

She was adopted into a single-child family, raised Catholic, and briefly married at age 17 before she was an Off-Broadway actress and dancer who toured with the Martha Graham company. She then, in the mid-1970s, became an adult actress.[1] During her career in hardcore adult films, she appeared in over 200 movies and directed 38. She made many appearances as a bondage model in underground magazines and, in the 1990s, she made the transition from sex films to bondage and S&M videos, usually as a dominatrix.

She is a member of the AVN Awards Hall of Fame,[2] Legends of Erotica[3] and XRCO Hall of Fame.[4]

As an erotic performer, Mitchell was a soft butch lesbian. She also performed sex scenes with men (often as part of a bisexual threesome with another female performer present), but this was usually in her early career. She contracted herpes, chlamydia and trichomoniasis during her career.[5]

With her recovery, she refers to her 16-year heroin addiction,[1] during her adult industry work, as her "blackout years.".[6] Through intravenous use, she contracted hepatitis.[5]

Mitchell had a relationship with production assistant and adult actress Tigr Mennett that was the basis of the 1986 movie Kamikaze Hearts.[7]

On March 30, 1996, a stalker almost killed her when she was attacked and raped. She took a respite from the sex industry following that incident, only to return to make sporadic appearances until her permanent retirement in 2003.[1]


  • 1982 CAFA Best Supporting Actress for Blue Jeans (tied with Lisa De Leeuw)[8]
  • 1983 CAFA Best Actress for Sexcapades[8]
  • 1983 CAFA Best Supporting Actress for Night Hunger[8]
  • 1984 AVN Best Actress – Film for Sexcapades[9]
  • 2001 Hot d'Or d’honneur recipient[10]
  • 2008 XBIZ Award Lifetime Achievement-Industry Contribution[11]

Partial filmography[edit]

Partial list of magazine appearances[edit]

  • 1990: Tight Ropes 2/04 (House of Milan|HOM)
  • 1991: Motorcycle Mistress Mamas #1 (Lyndon Distributors Limited|LDL)
  • 1991: Special Request #2 (HOM)
  • 1992: Boss Bitch in Bondage #1 (LDL)
  • 1992: The Taming of June Bauer #1" (LDL)
  • 1994: Punished (bondage magazine)|Punished 3/10 (HOM)
  • 1995: Tied & Tickled 2/009

Sex worker health work[edit]

After the end of her adult career, Mitchell obtained a degree in human sexuality from the unaccredited,[12] San Francisco-based Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.[13]

In 1998, she founded the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation, an organization which provided information and STD testing to workers in adult entertainment. As of 2004, they were testing 1,200 adult performers a month.[14] In 2011, a security breach led to over 12,000 adult performers' personal information being released publicly.[15] A privacy breach lawsuit was filed against the institute and they closed their doors in May, 2011.[16]


  1. ^ a b c Nick Madigan (2004-05-10). "Voice of Health in a Pornographic World". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  3. ^ "Legends of Erotica,". Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  4. ^ "XRCO Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  5. ^ a b "Sharon Mitchell Chat at Court TV Online". 2001-07-30. Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  6. ^ "Sharon Mitchell Chat at Adult DVD Talk". 2000-08-23. Retrieved 2007-02-26. 
  7. ^ Bio at
  8. ^ a b c "rame awards list". Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  9. ^ "AVN Awards Past Winners". Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  10. ^ "Hot d’Or archives presse x, articles sur les Hot d’or". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  11. ^ XBIZ Award Winners, XBIZ, February, 2011
  12. ^ U.S. Department of Education "Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.
  13. ^ AVN – Introducing Doctor Sharon Mitchell. (2004-01-27). Retrieved on 2011-10-19.
  14. ^ Madigan, Nick (2004-05-10). "Voice of Health in a Pornographic World". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ Katz, Lyla. (2011-02-04) AIM Healthcare Reopens Under New Name, Status. Retrieved on 2011-10-19.
  16. ^ Pardon, Rhett. (2011-05-03) AIM Clinic Closes; FSC Responds. Retrieved on 2011-10-19.

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