Raven De La Croix

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Raven De La Croix
Lynn Christie Martin

(1947-08-24) August 24, 1947 (age 74)
Other namesRaven De Lumiere
Websitewww.ravenscosmicportal.com Edit this at Wikidata

Raven De La Croix (born Lynn Christie Martin on August 24, 1947) is an American actress and stripper known for her lead role in the 1976 Russ Meyer film Up!.[1][2] When Meyer first discovered her at Joe Allen's, a hangout in West Hollywood, California, she had no acting experience.[3] In 2011, Owen Gleiberman wrote that she "...may be [Meyer's] most spectacular siren".[4] She is the granddaughter of aviation pioneer Lieutenant William Knox Martin.


De La Croix was born as Lynn Christie Martin in Manhattan, New York City to a poor family and was the oldest of eight children.[5][6][7] Her father was Comanche and her mother French-American.[6] She was a licensed nurse and worked for a time at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.[5] She also worked several other jobs, including prison drug lecturer where she was seen by a prisoner who later recommended her to work for a theatrical agency.[5] Later, she was noticed in a Hollywood restaurant by a talent scout for Eddie Foy, Jr., which eventually led to an appointment with Russ Meyer.[5] De La Croix also worked at the Melody Burlesk in New York as a stripper.[8][1]

Her first marriage was abusive.[5] The August 1986 issue of Wrestling Eye Magazine notes on Page 48 That "a recent article in Rock Island, Illinois QUAD TIMES reported she was engaged to wrestler Greg The Hammer Valentine".[9]



Year Title Role Other notes
1976 Up! Margo Winchester[7] (also designed her own costumes and performed her own stunts.)
1977 The Chicken Chronicles Mrs. Worth
1977 The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington
1978 Jokes My Folks Never Told Me Bride
1980 The Blues Brothers[10] Woman in Concert Crowd (uncredited)
1983 The Lost Empire[11] Whitestar (also associate producer, costume designer, acted as animal handler and performed her own stunts.)
1983 Screwballs Miss Anna Tomical (a stripper)
1987 Heat and Sunlight as herself, Raven De La Croix (her last burlesque performance on film)
1996 The Elastic Zenith Narrator (co-producer, documentary)
2001 The Double-D Avenger Dr. De La Croix
2005 Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove Gypsy Woman
2006 Alien Secrets Brandon's Sister-in-Law (co-producer)


Year Title Role Other notes
1982 Hear No Evil Candy Burns
1987 A Current Affair as Rev. Dr. Lynn Christie Ana



  1. ^ a b Friedman 2007, p. 7.
  2. ^ Cones, John W. (2012). Patterns of Bias in Hollywood Movies. Algora Publishing. p. 42. ISBN 9780875869575.
  3. ^ Morgan, Ted (1976-07-04). "The Pursuit of Happiness". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  4. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (2011-03-27). "Could a Russ Meyer biopic, directed by David O. Russell, be the 'Ed Wood' of sleaze?". Entertainment Weekly.
  5. ^ a b c d e Dekom, Otto (1976-12-21). "Late-Blooming Raven Rejects Hardcore Porn". The Morning News. p. 29. Retrieved 2018-01-12 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ a b McDonough, Jimmy (2006). Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film. Crown/Archetype. pp. 304–305. ISBN 9780307338440.
  7. ^ a b Campbell, Genie (1976-11-12). "Enjoying Her X-Rated Adventure". The Des Plaines Herald. p. 13. Retrieved 2018-01-12 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Friedman 2007, p. 13.
  9. ^ August 1986 Wrestling Eye Magazine Page 48 Col 1
  10. ^ Friedman 2007, p. 14.
  11. ^ Friedman 2007, p. 19.


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