Ginger Lynn

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Ginger Lynn
Ginger Lynn Allen

(1962-12-14) December 14, 1962 (age 57)
Rockford, Illinois, United States
Other namesGinger Lynn, Ginger Allen
Height5 ft 2 in (157 cm)

Ginger Lynn Allen (born December 14, 1962) is an American pornographic actress and model who was a premier adult-entertainment star of the 1980s. She also had minor roles in various B movies. AVN has ranked her at #7 in a list of the 50 greatest porn stars of all time.[1] After ending her pornography career, she began using her full name, Ginger Lynn Allen, and found work in a variety of B-movies. She had a late-career return to the adult industry and made a brief series of movies. Allen is a member of AVN, NightMoves Adult Entertainment, and XRCO Halls of Fame.


During her four-decade career, Allen has done a variety of roles and jobs. These include actress/performer, director, writer, producer, and assistant director.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, Ginger Lynn Allen moved to California in 1982 to become her grandfather's caregiver following his heart attack. After he died, she had her "first nice boyfriend" move in with her. Allen, the breadwinner of the two, felt obligated to find a lucrative occupation.[citation needed] When she answered an advertisement from the World Modeling Agency in September 1983, she immediately signed a contract with that agency and did pictorials for Cheri, Club, and Penthouse, which brought her to the attention of the adult entertainment industry.[3]

Adult industry[edit]

Allen began as a nude model and then began performing in hardcore sex films as Ginger Lynn by December 1983. Her first pornographic movie role was in Surrender in Paradise, in which she starred with Jerry Butler. Allen's "girl next door" good looks led to a quick rise in her popularity and eventually she became one of the most popular female performers in adult-entertainment history. She had her own line of videos through Vivid Entertainment with the director Bruce Seven. Allen received the Best New Starlet award in 1985 and is an inductee to the X-Rated Critics Organization (XRCO) and Adult Video News (AVN) halls of fame. Allen signed a contract with Vivid Entertainment founder, Steven Hirsch, making her the first 'Vivid Girl' and beating out the then-underaged Traci Lords.[4] She was later called to testify on Lords' behalf against porn producers; she refused, and according to her, was then targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for falsification of a tax return.[5]


In February 1986, Allen left adult video in order to establish herself in mainstream films by using her full name. She appeared in several non-adult films, television shows and interactive movie segments of the Wing Commander computer games. She started her career in mainstream features with a small part in the western Young Guns II, which co-starred her future boyfriend Charlie Sheen's brother, Emilio Estevez.[5]

Allen was the subject of an episode of the documentary series E! True Hollywood Story in 2002.[6] Allen appeared in another episode about her relationship with actor Charlie Sheen in 2010.[7]

In December 2005, she appeared in American Pie: Band Camp (2005) playing the supporting role of Nurse Sanders. In the same year, she portrayed Fanny in Rob Zombie's thriller film The Devil's Rejects[8] and later starred as Cherry Bomb in Zombie's slasher film 31.[9]

Adult return[edit]

Lynn and Christy Canyon in 2007

Allen returned to the adult-entertainment industry in 1999 for three movies: Torn (1999), White Lightning (2000), and New Wave Hookers 6 (2000). In March 2006, she became a host of Playboy Radio's Sirius Satellite Radio show, Night Calls Radio, with former adult-entertainment performer Christy Canyon. In June 2007, Allen performed for two of's hardcore websites, Ultimate Surrender and Sex and Submission.[10] In 2008, Allen appeared in the films Dirty Rotten Mother Fuckers with James Deen (24 years her junior) and Seasoned Players 4 with Tom Byron, then performed in more than a dozen hardcore releases in each of the next two years.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Allen had a relationship with Charlie Sheen from 1990 to 1992 and accompanied him through drug rehabilitation.[5] Despite the claims that Sheen has been physically violent towards women, Lynn said she never saw the actor become abusive in the slightest. "Not one time did he raise his voice. No violence," she said.[12] She also had a long-term relationship with Los Angeles radio personality Ralph Garman.[13]

In a 2003 interview, she described herself as the "single mother of a five-year-old son."[14]

Allen was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2000. She underwent a total hysterectomy and some chemotherapy, and is regarded as cancer-free.[14][15]

Legal issues[edit]

In 1991, Lynn was charged with willfully submitting a false tax return[5] in regard to the relatively small amount of $2,087.04. She was convicted, served four months and 17 days in federal prison, and spent most of her career earnings on legal fees.

Partial filmography[edit]

Mainstream media


Other media


She fictionally appears in Andrés Spinova's novel "Marilyn y un par de Ases".


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AVN: The 50 Top Porn Stars of All Time". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
  2. ^ "Ginger Lynn". Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  3. ^ Alilunas, Peter (2016). Smutty Little Movies: The Creation and Regulation of Adult Video. University of California Press. pp. 121, 122.
  4. ^ Gaffin, Harris (1997). Hollywood blue: the tinseltown pornographers. Batsford. p. 21. ISBN 071347906X.
  5. ^ a b c d Collins, Scott (March 8, 2011). "Ginger Lynn shares her past with Charlie Sheen". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 24, 2015. It didn't help that in 1991, Lynn was convicted in a federal tax-evasion case (she ended up serving four and a half months in prison)
  6. ^ "E! True Hollywood Story Ginger Lynn (11 Aug. 2002) TV Episode – 120 min – Documentary, biography, Crime". Amazon. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  7. ^ "E! True Hollywood Story: Season 14, Episode 6 Charlie Sheen (11 Aug. 2010) TV Episode – 60 min – Documentary, Biography, Crime". Amazon. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  8. ^ "Ginger Lynn Explodes Her Cherry Bomb for Rob Zombie in 31". Dread Central. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  9. ^ Meet Rob Zombie’s “Cherry Bomb” In His Slasher ’31′
  10. ^ "Ginger Lynn Shooting Comeback for" by Tod Hunter,, July 3, 2007.
  11. ^ Ginger Lynn at the Internet Adult Film Database
  12. ^ Collins, Scott (March 7, 2011). "Former porn star Ginger Lynn breaks her silence on ex-boyfriend Charlie Sheen". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 8, 2011.
  13. ^ "Ralph Garman: World's Greatest Lover" Archived January 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, interview by Justin Harvey, ThePhatPhree. Retrieved 2007-11-04.
  14. ^ a b "GINGER LYNN SHOWS SOME SKIN The Skin-y on Ginger
  15. ^ "Lynn, Ginger Allen". Archived from the original on April 9, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  16. ^ a b c "The Actress, the Producer and Their Porn Revolution". January 6, 2002. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  17. ^ a b MayorDefacto. "Transcript of the video A Night of Legends: First Annual XRCO Adult Film Awards". Retrieved August 9, 2008.
  18. ^ a b c d e "Past AVN Award Winners". Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2007.
  19. ^ "Winners of XRCO Awards 1986". Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  20. ^ "XRCO past winners". Archived from the original on October 7, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  21. ^ "AVN Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  22. ^ "XRCO Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on February 5, 2012. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  23. ^ Peter Warren (October 11, 2007). "2007 NightMoves Award Winners Announced". AVN. Retrieved April 19, 2015.

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