Christy Canyon

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Christy Canyon
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Canyon at the F.O.X.E. Awards in February 2006
Born (1966-06-17) June 17, 1966 (age 49)[1]
Pasadena, California, United States
Other names Christie Canyon, Cristy Canyon, Missy, Tara White, Sara Wine, Tara Wine, Linda Daniel, DeeDee
Ethnicity American/Armenian/Italian[2]
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 130 lb (59 kg; 9.3 st)
No. of adult films 119 (+149 compilations)[2]

Christy Canyon (born June 17, 1966)[1] is an American radio personality, AVN and XRCO Hall of Fame inductee, and retired pornographic actress.


Canyon has performed in over 100 adult films and effectively retired from performing in front of the camera three times, as she shot films from September 1984 to March 1985; June 1989 to December 1992; and, 1995 to 1997 (as an exclusive/contract performer for Vivid).

In her autobiography, Canyon stated that porn actor Greg Rome approached her while she was waiting for a ride in Hollywood, and told her that she would be a terrific figure model. He gave her the business card of adult magazine and film recruiter/agent Jim South, of World Modeling Agency.[3] After visiting South's office she posed for men's magazines and began her video career shortly thereafter. She has stated that her first on-screen performance was with Ronald "Ron" Jeremy (Hyatt) in 1984's "Swedish Erotica 57," and that Jeremy soon became a close friend in the business.

In a 2005 interview on Taylor Wane's radio show, Canyon stated that on-camera she had protected sex (with condoms) with all of her male co-stars during her time with Vivid Entertainment in the mid-1990s.[4]

From 2005 to March 2011, she was co-host of Sirius XM Satellite Radio's Playboy Radio show Night Calls.[5][6] As of April 2011 she became co-host of Sirius XM Satellite Radio's Spice Sex Circus with Ginger Lynn and sole host of Sirius XM Satellite Radio's weekly Legends of Porn.[7] She co-hosted Radio Sex You Porn on Sirius/XM Channel 102, until October 2013 when the channel went off the air. In December 2013, she became the host of The Christy Canyon Show on Vivid Radio on Sirius/XM Channel 102.


Canyon is retired from performing in adult films and dancing on the road, but she still has an adult-related career, concentrating on her web site, working as a host for Vivid Radio and selling merchandise on eBay and ABIBIDS. In 2003, she published her autobiography, titled Lights, Camera, Sex (ISBN 0-9727470-0-1), which is still in print. In November 2005, she appeared as a judge on the first season of Jenna's American Sex Star.

The ABC News show ABC News Nightline featured Canyon in a 2010 interview, in a segment titled Porn: When the Camera Stops as part of the series Modern Sex in America.[8]


Canyon has won several "best female performance"-type awards and is a member of both the XRCO and AVN Halls of Fame.

The music group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark mentions Canyon in the song "Heaven Is," from its 1993 album Liberator. [9]

Personal life[edit]

Canyon was born in California to an Armenian-American father and an Italian-American mother. She has been married and divorced three times and is the mother of two adopted children.[10]


Partial filmography[edit]

  • I Like To Be Watched (1984)
  • Hollywood Starlets (1985)
  • Educating Mandy (1985)
  • Black Throat (1985)
  • Holly Does Hollywood (1985)
  • Savage Fury (1985)
  • Star 90 (1990)
  • Passages 1-4 (1991)
  • Comeback (1995)
  • Oral Addiction (1996)
  • Domination Nation 1 and 2 (both 1997)
  • The Top 25 Adult Stars of All Time (1999)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Canyon, Christy (2004). Lights, Camera, Sex!. Canyon Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-9727470-0-4. June 17th, 1984. I woke up alone on my eighteenth birthday. 
  2. ^ a b "Christy Canyon - biography filmography". Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  3. ^ Canyon, Christy (2004). Lights, Camera, Sex!. p. 23. 
  4. ^ Christy Canyon & Taylor Wane Swap Guy Yarns
  5. ^ "Playboy Radio". Archived from the original on Mar 26, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  6. ^ "Night Calls". Dogstar Radio. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  7. ^ Spice Radio
  8. ^ Staff. "Porn: When the Camera Stops". ABC News via YouTube. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Lyrics for "Heaven Is" on the official OMD website". Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  10. ^ Modesti, Kevin (14 February 2009). "For Vivid Celebration, A Star Is Porn Again". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Adult Video Awards". Archived from the original on Feb 5, 2003. Retrieved Dec 23, 2007. 
  12. ^ a b "Past AVN Award Winners". Archived from the original on Jan 27, 2012. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  13. ^ "AVN Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  14. ^ "XRCO Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ "Legends of Erotica". Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  17. ^ "Sex and Free Speech, Renaissance Style". Retrieved 2009-10-14. 

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