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In San Francisco with 70s Sex Siren Serena

Serena in the 1970s  photo by Joel Sussman
Serena in the 1970s  photo by Joel Sussman


We met up with porn legend Serena in San Francisco at The Center for Sex and Culture. Her sweet and gentle demeanor was consistent with her reputation of being the “Hippie Porn Star”. She told us:

“I was making X-Rated Movies before I ever saw an X-Rated Movie”

We spoke about the two films that she worked on with my father in the late 70s and early 80s, “Gerard Damiano’s People” and “Never So Deep”. Together we watched a scene that she performed with her then real life partner, Jamie Gillis. Her on screen/off screen relationship with “Porn’s Prince of Darkness” was legendary. She shared intimate details of their time together and revealed that she too had a dark side, that was able to match Jamie in intensity (no small feat).

Serena today  photo by Larry Revene
Serena today  photo by Larry Revene

You can learn more about Serena in her book  Bright Lights Lonely Nights (The Memories of Serena Porn Star pioneer of the 1970s). Friend her of Facebook at

Next stop Santa Cruz to follow up with Sharon Mitchell
To be continued…

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