January 29, 1962
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Other names||Taija Rea, Tanja Rae, Taja Rea, Taija Ray|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|No. of adult films||126 + 63 compilations (per IAFD)|
Taija Rae (born Tianna Reilly on January 29, 1962) is the pseudonym of an American former pornographic actress and model who was one of the most popular pornographic actresses of the late-1980s. She is sometimes credited as Tanja Rae, Taja Rea, Taija Rea, or Taija Ray.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rae entered the adult film industry in 1983, after being discovered by a fledgling Philadelphia talent firm, Lynx Management. The first part of her stage name, pronounced Tayzh-a, came from an Asian cocktail waitress she worked with before porn. The last name, Rae, was a tribute to Fay Wray, actress in the movie King Kong. After a test photo shoot in New York City, she quickly made the rounds of the New York adult industry and kept busy in East Coast erotic films and photo modeling, working with directors such as Henri Pachard, Chuck Vincent, and Dave Darby. Her first films were Dangerous Stuff and Scenes They Wouldn't Let Me Shoot, filmed the same weekend.
In 1986, she changed her appearance by losing weight and dying her hair blonde, and began doing more work through a West Coast agent. With this, she reached the height of her success, when Hustler magazine referred to her as one of "porn's Big Four" (along with Traci Lords, Ginger Lynn, and Amber Lynn). She maintained her home in Pennsylvania, sometimes flying out to the West Coast to film scenes, until finally moving to Los Angeles, California in 1988.
Rae left the adult film business in 1993.
- The Satisfyers of Alpha Blue (1982)
- Return to Alpha Blue (1984)
- The Best Little Whorehouse in San Francisco (1984)
- The Voyeur (1984)
- Hot Rockers (1984) – First adult video with a stereo soundtrack & original score
- Taboo American Style – Part1: The Ruthless Beginning (1985)
- Talk Dirty to Me, Part IV' (1985)
- Tickled Pink (1985)
- Dreamgirls (1986)
- Hometown Honeys (1986)
- The Backdoor club (1986)
- Good Morning Taija Rae (1988)
- Moonlusting (1988)
- "Taija Rae, Down-to-Earth Sex Goddess", interview by Doug Oliver, Hustler magazine, August 1986
- Taija Rae page at Excalibur Films
- Biography for Taija Rae at the Internet Movie Database
- MayorDefacto. "Transcript of the video A Night of Legends: First Annual XRCO Adult Film Awards". Retrieved 2008-08-09.