In my last post I told you about the memorial service for Candida Royalle, the 70s pornstar who, starting in the 80s, became the pioneering feminist erotica filmmaker. Now I want to mention that in the current issue of Penthouse Forum for January 2016, available both on newsstands and in digital format here, I have an article, my first for this magazine, that tells you more in depth about her life and work. It’s under my other byline, Neil Wexler, which I use for non-fiction and interviews.
Editor Eric Danville—himself the well-known chronicler of the life of another porn legend with his definitive book The Complete Linda Lovelace—called me in September 2015, shortly after Candida died, and asked if I’d write a tribute to her. I didn’t know Candida except as a friendly professional acquaintance in the New York porn business, so it was quite a revelation to research her story in depth, get poignant memories and thoughts from some of her closest friends, and discover not only how accomplished she was as a producer, director, actress, screenwriter, singer, book author, sex toy designer, and speaker on human sexuality—but also to learn how very many friends she had, and how beloved and respected she was by a wide circle of diverse people.
The title of the piece is “The Really Groovy Life of Candida Royalle,” taken from something one of her old high school friends told me. I hope you’ll check it out and be inspired to watch some of her films, all readily available on DVD and streaming. A good place to start would be at CandidaRoyalle.com.