Gail Harris

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Gail Harris
Gail Harris at the XBiz Awards
Gail Harris at the XBiz Awards, November 17, 2005
Born Gail Thackray
(1964-12-16) 16 December 1964 (age 51)
Batley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Other names Robyn Harris
Occupation Model, actress, producer, magazine publisher
Height 5'4"

Gail Harris (born 16 December 1964 in Batley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England) is a British-born model, actress, adult magazine publisher and adult industry entrepreneur.

Life and career[edit]

Model and centerfold[edit]

Before her film industry work, Gail Thackray was a Page 3 girl (glamour model) for the British tabloid press. She then became a popular nude model from the mid–1980s, frequenting the pages of various pornographic magazines, including Knave, Mayfair, High Society and Genesis. In 1986, as Gail Thackray, she was featured on the front cover, centerfold, and 14-page spread of Larry Flynt's Hustler and the 10th anniversary feature model of High Society.

Hollywood[edit]

She transitioned and set her sights on Hollywood, beginning her career as a actress and actress performing nude scenes in low budget B-movies, sexploitation films and soft core porn film and video. In the mid-80s, she appeared nude in many episodes of Electric Blue, a softcore porn show that aired mainly on the Playboy Channel. She costarred with many porn stars including Kitten Natividad, Candie Evans, Taylor St. Clair, Ron Jeremy, and Ginger Lynn Allen. She also began performing stunt and body double work.

In 1990, Harris starred in two horror/action direct-to-video films for director Jim Wynorski In Hard to Die, credited as Robyn Harris, she stars as a lingerie model who is trapped in a high rise with a madman and gets to fire a machine gun in skimpy underwear.[1] In Sorority House Massacre II, Harris plays the female lead as a coed terrorized by a serial killer. Harris is popularly known as a "scream queen and was named to website Mr. Skin's Nudity Hall of Fame.

Founding Falcon Foto[edit]

In 1988, Harris founded Falcon Foto, a prominent provider of adult entertainment material to the publishing and Internet industries with a library of over 2 million images.[2] A 2004 USA Today story stated that Falcon Foto had the world's largest privately owned library of erotic photos, worth more than $25 million according to online experts.[3] Falcon Foto also serves as the major licensor of adult material to print publishing groups, contributing approximately 40% of all photo content in the industry.[4]

Creation of Hustler's Barely Legal[edit]

In 1988, Harris created the first niche adult magazine, Barely Legal, for Larry Flynt Publications, which became one of Flynt's best-selling titles. The launch of Barely Legal revolutionized the industry with 22 copycat titles appearing, as well as format changes in established publications and in the video medium. Falcon proved its vision again with a second title, Hometown Girls, published in partnership with Flynt, becoming Flynt's 3rd top earner. Falcon Foto's third announcement of a new title Virgins Magazine created a bidding war before the concept was even released.[5][6]

Internet porn and niche markets[edit]

When the Internet began to rapidly expand in the mid 1990s, Harris already had a viable pornographic business in place.[4] Falcon Foto began digitizing their entire library[7] for use on the Internet and by the early 2000s, Harris had created multiple Internet sites, such as FalconFoto.com, FalconFoto.net,[8][9] and Falcongold.com, focusing on the pornographic 'niche' market.[10] In a 2003 interview, stated the mission of her company was "[t]o provide the best adult content to satisfy the niche fantasy of every perv on the Internet."[11] She also claimed her company had the distinction of being the "first to shoot a granny and the first to create an entire magazine devoted to young girls." Her other niche products included photos and videos for Barely Legal, Busty Beauties, Hometown Girls, 40+, Plumpers, and other magazines.

In 2003, Harris collaborated with Larry Flynt III to create Contrentrus.com, both producing and marketing pornographic video products.[12]

In 2006, Harris finished a year as a consultant for Flynt, putting her staff to work helping Flynt develop websites, Vegas casino projects, video lines and a mobile operation within his empire.[2]

In 2006, Harris collaborated with porn actors Brandi Love and Chris Potoski to form Naked Rhino Media, a multimedia porn site that features exclusive niche-specific content.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Harris met her first husband Scott Harris while skydiving in the United States. Scott was the photographer who parachuted into the Michael Jackson compound during the October 6, 1991 wedding for Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky.[14]

On August 1, 2004, Thackray married adult entertainment entrepreneur Jason Tucker.[3] On February 19, 2011, they were legally separated.[15]

Thackray retired from acting and producing in 2002 and stayed on as a resident of Los Angeles, California in the United States where she enjoys riding horses and spending time with her family.

Filmography[edit]

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