Stephanie Swift

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Stephanie Swift
Stephanie Swift at Sexxxpose Party 1.jpg
Born (1972-02-07) February 7, 1972 (age 42)
Louisiana, United States[1]
Other names China Cat, Melody[1]
Ethnicity Mixed[2]
Height 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)[1]
Weight 110 lb (50 kg)[1]
No. of adult films 340 (+74 compilations)
2 as director (per IAFD)

Stephanie Swift (born February 7, 1972) is a former American pornographic actress who starred in over 300 adult movies between 1995 and 2009, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and left the industry. She is a member of both the AVN[3] and XRCO Halls of Fame.[4] Swift now works with XXXchurch.com, a Christian outreach group that offers to help pornographic actors leave the industry and help compulsive porn users overcome their porn addiction.[5][6]

Early life and adult film career[edit]

Swift spent her childhood in Louisiana. Between the ages of one and fourteen, she suffered sexual abuse at the hands of family members.[6] At 19 years-old, she lived in San Diego, California and worked as a stripper for six months at a club called The Body Shop[7] (not to be confused with the cosmetics store chain). She earned an Associate's Degree in Dental Assistance and eventually became a registered dental assistant.[8] Afterward, she posed in nude modelling photographs for five years and was featured in Club International.[7][8]

Swift segued from nude model work to the region's adult film industry, where she began her career in 1995.[7] Her first softcore scene was in Playboy TV's Up Close and Dangerous.[7] Her first hardcore sex scene was in Space Sirens.[7] She went on to win several awards, including the AVN Female Performer of the Year Award in 1998.[9] She was, for a period, a contract girl with Wicked Pictures.[7]

She has made appearances on the exotic dancing circuit as a featured performer.[10] In 2004, she launched her own production company called Swift Entertainment, in which she was a director, screenwriter and producer.[7]

Swift was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame[11] in 2006 and the XRCO Hall of Fame in 2008.[4] She identifies as bisexual.[12][13]

Breast cancer and anti-porn activism[edit]

An August 2009 XBIZ press release announced that Swift had been diagnosed with breast cancer in her left breast and asked for donations to help with her medical bills.[14] Later that month, she had a double mastectomy.[15] By March 2010, she had completed chemotherapy and scheduled lymph node surgery.[16]

In 2011, Swift released a video filmed for XXXchurch.com in which she said her cancer had been in remission since March 2010, and she explained her decision to quit the adult film industry. She said the industry gives a "false sense of accomplishment." She is currently working with the church in their efforts to reach out to pornographic film actors.[5][6]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Pornstar Profile - Stephanie Swift". AVN. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  2. ^ "Swift Talker – An Interview with Stephanie Swift". sexherald.com. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  3. ^ "AVN Awards Past Winners - HALL OF FAME". Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "X-Rated Critics Organization (XRCO)". XRCO. Retrieved 2010-02-14. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Stephanie Swift". xxxchurch.com. Fireproof Ministries. 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  6. ^ a b c Stephanie Swift (2011). Stephanie Swift: Cancer Saved My Life. XXXchurch via Subsplash. Retrieved 2014-09-15. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Stephanie Swift: About Me". Official Site of Stephanie Swift. Retrieved 2010-02-14. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b "Wicked Pictures bio". Wicked Pictures. Retrieved 2010-02-13. [dead link]
  9. ^ "1998 AVN Awards Show - History". Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "THE 2004 EXOTIC DANCER FAN FAIR REVIEW". las-vegas-strippers.net. Retrieved 2010-02-14. [dead link]
  11. ^ "AVN Awards Past Winners - HALL OF FAME". Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Swift Talker - After Hours Interviews". April 5, 2009. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Swift Talker (Continued) - After Hours Interviews". April 5, 2009. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  14. ^ Hunter, Tod (2009-08-13). "Performer Stephanie Swift Diagnosed With Breast Cancer" (Press release). New York: Adnet Media. Retrieved 2014-09-15. 
  15. ^ Rodriguez, Ariana (2009-10-09). "‘Sex at the Shore’ Benefit Set for Tomorrow" (Press release). Long Beach, CA: Adnet Media. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  16. ^ Garrett, Wade (2010-03-03). "Mile High's Nica Noelle to Host Stephanie Swift Cancer Benefit" (Press release). Los Angeles: AVN Media Network. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  17. ^ "Adult Video Awards", CanBest.com. Retrieved 19 April 2007.[dead link]
  18. ^ "1998 AVN Awards Show - History". Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "1998 AVN Awards Show - History". Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "1999 AVN Awards Show - History". Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  21. ^ "AVN Awards Past Winners - HALL OF FAME". Retrieved 15 September 2014. 

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