Ireland at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo
January 11, 2008
May 26, 1970 |
Longmont, Colorado, U.S.
|Other names||DeeKay (as a street artist)|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||130 lb (59 kg)|
|No. of adult films||441 as performer
33 as director
(per IAFD as of March 2015)
Kylie Ireland (born May 26, 1970) is an American pornographic actress, film director, producer, publicist, and Satellite radio show host. She is an inductee into the AVN, XRCO, NightMoves and Legends of Erotica Halls of Fame.
Early life and education
Ireland was born on May 26, 1970, in Longmont, Colorado, a small community outside Denver. She grew up a good student until her parents divorced when she was 13. At 15 she became rebellious and started taking recreational drugs, until her father sent her to live with her mother, who had remarried, in San Diego, California. In San Diego, Ireland returned to getting good grades, graduated high school, and started college, majoring in broadcast journalism. While going to high school and college, Ireland worked part-time ordering videos for a chain of video stores, which she credits for learning a lot about pornographic films.
Ireland returned to Colorado to continue college partially in Boulder, Colorado, partially in Fort Collins, Colorado, and began to dance in a Fort Collins strip club. One of her first female lovers was a waitress at the same club who would become the pornographic actress Juli Ashton.
She entered the pornographic film industry in 1994, through an acquaintance with glamour photographer Warren Tang. Her first films were L'il Ms. Behaved, where she performed with Randy West, and Up & Cummers 10, with Jenna Jameson; she started at the same time as Jameson. Ireland moved to Los Angeles after her first five films, and performed in a total of 80 films her first year, before returning to Colorado intending to slow down her film work.
From 1995 to 2000, Ireland performed in exclusive contracts, starring in a few films per year, while traveling across America and Europe, strip tease dancing and promoting her films. Her first contract, with Sin City Entertainment, was brief, and ended in a breach of contract small claims court lawsuit which went before Judge Judy on television; Ireland won. That was followed by a five-year contract with VCA Pictures. Ireland served as VCA's Director of Publicity from 1999 to 2000, before returning to performing freelance. Demonstrating that no hard feelings remained about the lawsuit, she had a one-month stint as Director of Publicity for Sin City in April 2003. In 1996, during her time at VCA, Ireland returned to her natural red hair.
In January 1995 Ireland was awarded AVN Best New Starlet by Adult Video News Magazine. This would be the first of many adult film awards. Fans of X-Rated Entertainment awarded her the 'Vixen' award in 1995 and the 'Fan Favorite' in 1996. She was named by Playboy Magazine as one of their Top 10 Porn Stars for 1997. In 2001, AVN listed her among the Top 50 Porn Stars of All Time and in 2005 inducted her into the AVN Hall of Fame.
When her contract with VCA expired, Ireland directed her first movie, The Whore Next Door. Ireland continued to direct, first for Jewel De'Nyle at Platinum X Pictures, then other companies. In April 2006, she founded her own adult film company, SlutWerkz, which features women directors and Cross as head of production, producing and starring in hardcore gonzo pornography. SlutWerkz launch was delayed from its planned fall 2007 to sometime in 2008 after replacing the original intended distributors. The company originally planned to release one film per month.
Ireland started her personal website, http://www.kylieireland.com, in 1996, becoming one of the first pornographic actresses on the Web; she describes it as "my obsession." On her website, she would perform live sex shows that would receive 10,000 hit a day at $5 a hit during the late 1990s. She does Web consulting and public relations for other adult actresses.
From October 2003 to February 2006, Ireland hosted a weekly Internet radio show, Kylie Live on ksexradio.com, about the pornography industry. She won the KSEX Radio Listener's Choice Award for "Best Radio Voice" in 2004, and the "Best Insight into the Adult Business" award for 2005. In February 2006, Ireland became the host of sex talk show Private Calls, on Friday evenings for Playboy Radio on Sirius Radio.
In June 2008, Ireland began hosting a new show with adult performer Derrick Pierce called The Friday Night Threeway. This show replaced Private Calls in the Friday night timeslot, and featured a different format more focused on guest interviews, relationships and sex-related humor.
In November 2010, Ireland launched a new weekend show on Spice radio called The Jerkbox. The show took over where "The Friday Night Threeway" left off. It features guest interviews, segments revolving around the world of sex and porn-related topics.
In March 2011, it was discovered after a television interview that Ireland was also street artist DeeKay.
In January 2013, after leaving Spice radio, Ireland joined the Toadhopnetwork and began "The Wednesday Night Threeway", a weekly podcast with Raylene and Derrick Pierce.
In April 2013, Ireland launched her own weekly podcast channel along with her husband Andy Appleton called "Apples & Pairs" on Soundcloud.com.
Ireland got divorced after a ten-year marriage to a man outside of porn. They had been married three years prior to the start of her career in pornography, and she stated that the divorce was not due to her career.
Ireland says that she "dabbled" in recreational drugs, even before entering the adult industry; she tried most drugs, and used crystal meth for a time to stay thin, but her main drug of choice was alcohol. In 2001, she realized her drinking was becoming a problem. Nonetheless, she's managed to be clean and sober since August 2001.
- 1995 AVN Award – Best New Starlet
- 1995 F.O.X.E. Award – Vixen
- 1995 NightMoves Award – Best Actress
- 1996 F.O.X.E. Award – Fan Favorite
- 2005 AVN Hall of Fame
- 2006 XRCO Hall of Fame
- 2007 NightMoves Triple Play Award (Dancing/Performing/Directing)
- 2008 XRCO Award – MILF of the Year
- 2008 AVN Award – Best Supporting Actress – Film – Layout
- 2008 AVN Award – Best Oral Scene – Film – Layout 
- 2009 NightMoves Hall of Fame
- 2010 Legends of Erotica Hall of Fame
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