Candice Marion Vadala
October 15, 1950
New York City, New York U.S.
|Died||September 7, 2015 (aged 64)|
Mattituck, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Candace Chambers, Candice Ball, Candice Chambers, Candida Royalle|
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
Candida Royalle (born Candice Marion Vadala; October 15, 1950 – September 7, 2015) was an American producer and director of couples-oriented pornography, pornographic actress, sex educator, and sex-positive feminist. She was a member of the XRCO and the AVN Halls of Fame.
Early life and education
Royalle was born Candice Marion Vadala in New York City on October 15, 1950. Initially trained in music, dance and art in New York City, she studied at the High School of Art and Design, Parsons School of Design and the City University of New York.
After graduating from Parsons School of Design, she began performing with the avant-garde theater group The Cockettes and in 1975 played Divine's daughter in the play The Heartbreak of Psoriasis.
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.
Royalle stated that she tried to avoid "misogynous predictability", and depiction of sex in "…as grotesque and graphic [a way] as possible." She also criticized 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. In 1989, she signed the Post Porn Modernist Manifesto.
Royalle wrote regular columns for adult magazines High Society and Cheri. She was also a public speaker, giving lectures at Smithsonian Institution, the World Congress on Sexology, and numerous universities and professional conferences.
In 2004, she authored the book How to Tell a Naked Man What to Do.
Royalle was a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and a founding board member of Feminists for Free Expression.
Personal life and death
In the 1980s, Royalle was married to producer Per Sjostedt. In May 2006, she announced that she was engaged to be married. She died in Mattituck, New York on September 7, 2015, aged 64, from ovarian cancer.
In 2019, Candice, a documentary about Royalle's life and finding out what happened to her mother who left her as a child, was screened at various documentary film festivals. It was directed by Sheona McDonald and distributed by Mbur Indie Film Distribution.
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