Candida Royalle

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Candida Royalle
Candida Royalle at the 2013 CineKink awards
Royalle at the 2013 CineKink awards
Born Candice Marion Vadala
(1950-10-15)October 15, 1950
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died September 7, 2015(2015-09-07) (aged 64)
Mattituck, New York, U.S.
Cause of death Ovarian cancer
Other names Candace Chambers, Candice Ball, Candice Chambers, Candida Royalle
Ethnicity Italian, Irish, Scottish, Cherokee
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
No. of adult films 74 films and 17 as director

Candida Royalle (October 15, 1950 – September 7, 2015) was an American producer and director of couples-oriented pornography, a sex educator, sex-positive feminist, and pornographic actress. She was a member of the XRCO and the AVN Halls of Fame.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Royalle was born on October 15, 1950, in New York City as Candice Marion Vadala.[3] Initially trained in music, dance, and art in New York, with studies at the High School of Art and Design, Parson's School of Design and the City University of New York.[4]


In 1975 she began her career in porn as a performer[5] appearing in about 25 movies before retiring in 1980 with Blue Magic, which she also wrote.[6]

She wrote regular columns for adult magazines High Society and Cheri.[7]

In 1984, Royalle founded Femme Productions, with the goal of making erotica based on female desire, as well as pornographic films aimed at helping couple therapy. Her productions are aimed more to women and couples than to the standard pornographic audience of men, and have been praised by counselors and therapists for depicting healthy and realistic sexual activity.[8]

Royalle stated that she tried to avoid "misogynous predictability", and depiction of sex in " grotesque and graphic [a way] as possible." She also criticizes the male-centredness of the typical pornographic film, in which scenes end when the male actor ejaculates. Royalle’s films are not “goal oriented” towards a final "cum shot"; instead, her films depict sexual activity within the broader context of women's emotional and social lives.[9] In 1989, she signed the Post Porn Modernist Manifesto.[10]

She was also a public speaker, giving lectures at Smithsonian Institute, the World Congress on Sexology and numerous universities and professional conferences.[11]

In 2004, she authored the book How to Tell a Naked Man What to Do.[11]

In 2014, she began production on a documentary called While You Were Gone: The Untold Story of Candida Royalle about her life and the search for her birth mother, whom she had not seen since she was abandoned by her at 18 months old.[12] The project was still in production at the time of Royalle's death, but nearly all of the footage needed had been already filmed and may still be released in the future.[11]


Royalle was a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists,[13] and a founding board-member of Feminists for Free Expression.[14]

Personal life[edit]

In May 2006, Royalle announced that she was engaged to be married.[15] She died in Mattituck, New York[11] on September 7, 2015, aged 64, from ovarian cancer.[4][16]


  1. ^ "XRCO Hall of Fame". Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "AVN Hall of Fame". Adult Video News. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ Robets, Sam. "Candida Royalle, Who Made Erotic Films for Women, Dies at 64". New York Times. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Vanmetre, Elizabeth (September 7, 2015). "Former porn star turned director Candida Royalle dies at age 64". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Candida Royalle iafd bio". Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Candida Royalle". Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ Lyon, Jason. "New York Stories: The Adult Industry's Past ... and Present". Adult Video News. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Discourses of Desire: Liberals, Feminists, and the Politics of Pornography in the 1980s -- Cameron 2 (4): 784 -- American Literary History". Retrieved January 11, 2008. 
  9. ^ illy Bragge, "Girls on top", The Age, June 16, 2004.
  10. ^ Post Porn Modernist Manifesto c. 1989,; accessed September 7, 2015.
  11. ^ a b c d Kernes, Mark. "Famed Actress/Director Candida Royalle Passes". Adult Video News. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ Kernes, Mark. "Candida Royalle Turns to Kickstarter to Fund Documentary Projectr". Adult Video News. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  13. ^ Zeiss Stange, Mary; Oyster, Carol K.; Sloan, Jane E. (2013). The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World. SAGE Publications. p. 291. ISBN 9781452270685. 
  14. ^ Denfeld, Rene (2009). The New Victorians. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 9780446565233. 
  15. ^ Abby Ehmann (May 16, 2006). "Candida Royalle". Eros NY. Archived from the original on November 17, 2006. Retrieved May 26, 2007. 
  16. ^ Celona, Larry. "Orphaned ex-porn star dies of cancer". New York Post. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 

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