January 18, 1958 |
New Jersey, United States
|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 a 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
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. 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.
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.
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.
Sharon Mitchell is one of twenty-five women of the golden era of adult films featured in the Jill C. Nelson book, entitled: Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985 (2012), published by BearManor Media.
- 1982 CAFA Best Supporting Actress for Blue Jeans (tied with Lisa De Leeuw)
- 1983 CAFA Best Actress for Sexcapades
- 1983 CAFA Best Supporting Actress for Night Hunger
- 1984 AVN Best Actress – Film for Sexcapades
- 2001 Hot d'Or d’honneur recipient
- 2008 XBIZ Award Lifetime Achievement-Industry Contribution
- Joy (1977)
- Taming of Rebecca (1982)
- Hot Dreams (1983)
- Debbie Does Dallas : The Next Generation (1997)
- 9to5 – Days in Porn (2009)
Partial list of magazine appearances
- 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
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. In 2011, a security breach led to over 12,000 adult performers' personal information being released publicly. A privacy breach lawsuit was filed against the institute and they closed their doors in May, 2011.
- Nick Madigan (2004-05-10). "Voice of Health in a Pornographic World". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-02-26.
- "Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2007-07-19.
- "Legends of Erotica,". Retrieved 2007-12-30.
- "XRCO Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2007-12-30.
- "Sharon Mitchell Chat at Court TV Online". courttv.com. 2001-07-30. Retrieved 2007-11-14.
- "Sharon Mitchell Chat at Adult DVD Talk". adultdvdtalk.com. 2000-08-23. Retrieved 2007-02-26.
- Bio at lukeisback.com
- by Jill C. Nelson. Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985 (First edition ed.). BearManor Media. ISBN 9781593932985.
- "rame awards list". Retrieved 2007-12-30.
- "AVN Awards Past Winners". Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2007-07-19.
- "Hot d’Or archives presse x, articles sur les Hot d’or". Hot-dor.fr. Retrieved 2014-05-17.
- XBIZ Award Winners, XBIZ, February, 2011
- U.S. Department of Education "Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.
- AVN – Introducing Doctor Sharon Mitchell. Business.avn.com (2004-01-27). Retrieved on 2011-10-19.
- Madigan, Nick (2004-05-10). "Voice of Health in a Pornographic World". The New York Times.
- Katz, Lyla. (2011-02-04) AIM Healthcare Reopens Under New Name, Status. XBIZ.com. Retrieved on 2011-10-19.
- Pardon, Rhett. (2011-05-03) AIM Clinic Closes; FSC Responds. XBIZ.com. Retrieved on 2011-10-19.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sharon Mitchell.|
- Voice of Health in a Pornographic World, The New York Times
- Interview with SexHerald.com
- Biography at LukeIsBack.com
- Biography at Dr. Sharon Mitchell's website
- Sharon Mitchell at the Internet Movie Database
- Sharon Mitchell at the Internet Adult Film Database
- Sharon Mitchell at the Adult Film Database