Briana Banks

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Briana Banks
Briana Banks 2016.jpg
Banks in 2016
Briana Bany[1]

(1978-05-21) 21 May 1978 (age 44)[2]
Munich, West Germany
Other namesMirage
OccupationPornographic actress, model
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[3]

Briana Banks (born Briana Bany; 21 May 1978) is a German American pornographic actress and model. She was the Penthouse Pet of the Month for June 2001.

Early life[edit]

Banks was born in Munich, Germany to a German father and an American mother. They moved to Britain when she was four, then to the Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley when she was seven.[4] Her father still lives in Germany. Banks moved out of her mother's house when she was 16, taking her 14-year-old sister with her.[5] She got custody of her sister when she turned 18.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Banks was engaged to fellow adult film star Bobby Vitale between 2003 and 2006.[6]


Banks in 2008

Banks modeled as a teenager, appearing on a cover of Teen magazine.[4] She entered the industry under the name "Mirage", but began calling herself "Briana Banks" in 1999, after having the first of two breast enlargement operations.[7] Having had aspirations of being a supermodel, she chose the professional surname "Banks" after model Tyra Banks.[8] Her first appearance using the new name was in the film Decadent Whores 9.

In June 2001, Banks was Penthouse magazine's Pet of the Month.

On October 13, 2006, Banks reportedly filed a federal lawsuit seeking more than US$75,000 in damages against Doc Johnson Enterprises, charging that they had created unauthorized products from molds of her genitals.[9]

Starting in 2006, Banks went on hiatus from performing in videos and returned in 2008. That same year she was also nominated for five AVN Awards at the 25th annual Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas.[10]

In 2011, Banks starred in the porn parody version of the Fox animated series American Dad!, American Dad XXX: An Exquisite Films Parody.[11] Banks portrayed the character of Francine Smith and was featured on the video's box cover. The video was released in September 2011.

On December 28, 2015 Briana Banks announced that she was making a comeback in 2016 after a 5-year hiatus. The same year she was inducted into the XRCO Hall of Fame.[12]


Banks was featured in the thirteen episode cable television series Vivid Valley produced by World of Wonder that was broadcast in Europe in 2005 and later had a successful run on Playboy TV. The series featured stories about the real lives of then Vivid Girls Jenna Jameson, Savanna Samson, Mercedez, Tawny Roberts, Banks, and others.[13]

Other ventures[edit]

In 2002 Banks was one of the first porn actresses to have an action figure made in her likeness, by Los Angeles-based Cyber F/X and Sota Toys.[14]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Result Category Work
2001 AVN Award Nominated Most Outrageous Sex Scene (with Mark Cummings)[15] Perverted Stories 28
Hot d'Or Award Won Best New American Starlet[16]
NightMoves Award Won Best New Starlet (Fan's Choice)[17]
XRCO Award Nominated Starlet of the Year[citation needed]
Nominated Orgasmic Oralist[citation needed]
2002 AVN Award Nominated Best Group Sex Scene - Film (with Lola, Aurora Snow & Joey Ray)[18] Taboo 2001
Nominated Best Group Sex Scene - Video (with Justine Romee & Joel Lawrence)[18] Tails of Perversity 8
XRCO Award Nominated Best Girl-Girl Sex Scene (with Jenna Jameson)[19] My Plaything Jenna Jameson
2003 AVN Award Nominated Female Performer of the Year[20]
Nominated Best Group Sex Scene - Film (with Chandler, Michele Raven, Cheyne Collins, Dale DaBone & Pat Myne)[20] Vision
Nominated Best All-Girl Sex Scene - Video (with Jenna Jameson)[20] Briana Loves Jenna
XRCO Award Nominated Best Girl-Girl Scene (with Jenna Jameson)[21]
AFWG Award Won Best All-Girl Sex Scene - Video (with Jenna Jameson)[22]
2004 AVN Award Nominated Best Supporting Actress - Video[23] Tricks
2005 Exotic Dancer Award Won Adult Movie Feature[24]
2006 AVN Award Nominated Crossover Star of the Year[25]
2007 AVN Award Nominated Contract Star of the Year[26] Vivid Entertainment
2008 AVN Award Nominated Best Actress – Film[27] Layout
Nominated Best All-Girl Sex Scene - Film (with Penny Flame)[27]
Nominated Best Anal Sex Scene - Film (with Kurt Lockwood)[27]
Nominated Best Group Sex Scene - Film (with Hillary Scott, Evan Stone & Brooke Haven)[27]
Nominated Best All-Girl Sex Scene - Video[27] Where the Boys Aren't 18
2009 AVN Award Nominated Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene (with Lanny Barby, Lexie Marie, Nina Mercedez, Monique Alexander, Savanna Samson, Stefani Morgan, Tawny Roberts, Tera Patrick, Lacey & Lyndsey Love)[28] Where the Boys Aren't 19: Arabian Nights
Nominated Best Anal Sex Scene (with Manuel Ferrara)[28] Perfect Match
Nominated Best Group Sex Scene (with Mick Blue, Michael Stefano & John Strong)[28]
Won Hall of Fame[29]
2010 AVN Award Nominated Best Double Penetration Sex Scene (with Ben English & Otto Bauer) Flashback
2016 XRCO Award Won Hall of Fame[12]
2017 Won Best Cumback[30]


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  30. ^ "2017 XRCO Award Winners Announced AVN".

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