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Barbara Dare (born February 27, 1963) is the stage name of an American former pornographic actress.[1] She was one of the industry's initial contract performers with Essex Video[2] and Vivid Entertainment[3] and is an AVN and XRCO Hall of Fame inductee.[citation needed]

Barbara Dare
Born (1963-02-27) February 27, 1963 (age 55)
Wayne, New Jersey, USA
Other names Kimberly Dare, Kim Wilde, Stacey Nixx, Stacey Nix
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)


Personal lifeEdit

Dare was born in Wayne, New Jersey.[1] Early in her professional career, Dare self-identified as a lesbian, having personal relationships with women.[4]


Dare began appearing in adult films in the mid-1980s after meeting people who were involved in the adult film industry at Plato's Retreat[5] and also made appearances in magazines such as Hustler, Swank, and High Society. In 1989, she joined fellow adult film actress Stephanie Rage as authors of a monthly article for Swank.[6]

Dare was one of the top adult film stars of the 1980s.[7] She appeared in scenes with several (at the time) top adult films stars, including Tracey Adams and Ginger Lynn.[8] She became one of the first women in the industry to sign an exclusivity contract with Essex Video for 10 movies a year and an annual salary of $150,000[9] and would later leave that studio to sign with Vivid Entertainment and become one of the earliest Vivid Girls.[10] Dare appeared in her last film in 1994.[1]

Jerry Butler stated in his autobiography that Dare had a "commanding screen presence" while on set, in spite of her smaller physical stature.[11]


Dare was interviewed in 1987 for the episode of the television news series Frontline regarding the death of Shauna Grant.[12]

She also had minor roles in mainstream productions such as the Roy Scheider and Ann-Margret film 52 Pick-Up in 1986[13] and the live-action/animated Comedy-Horror B-movie Evil Toons (where she was credited as "Stacey Nix") in 1992.[14]

Selected filmographyEdit

  • Slippery When Wet (1986)
  • Blame it on Ginger (1986)
  • Barbara the Barbarian (1987)
  • Ginger and Spice (1987)
  • Girls who Dig Girls 8 (1988)
  • Barbara Dare's Bad (1988)
  • Angela Baron Takes a Dare (1988)
  • Sex in Dangerous Places (1988)
  • For Her Pleasure Only (1989)
  • Ginger then and Now (1990)
  • Where the Boys Aren't 2 (1990)
  • Bratgirls (1992)
  • Hannah Does Her Sisters (1986)



  1. ^ a b c d Barbara Dare at the Internet Adult Film Database
  2. ^ Dare, Barbara. "Barbara Dare: A Curious Woman". The Rialto Report. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Jared Rutter (2009-09-30). "Vivid's 25th Anniversary: How Steven Hirsch's Company Thrust Porn Into Mainstream America". AVN. Archived from the original on 4 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  4. ^ Bright, Susie (1990). Susie Sexpert's lesbian sex world. Cleis Press. p. 100. ISBN 978-0939416356. 
  5. ^ Cote, Neil (20 August 1990). "Fighting censorship with a Dare". The Tampa Tribune. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  6. ^ Swank Magazine, March 1990
  7. ^ Jennings, David (2000). Skinflicks : the inside story of the x-rated video industry. Bloomington, IN.: Distributed by 1st Books Library. ISBN 978-1587211843. 
  8. ^ Rutter, Jared. "Vivid's 25th Anniversary: How Steven Hirsch's Company Thrust Porn Into Mainstream America". Adult Video News. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Crouch, Gregory. "Essex Video Faces Legal, Financial Setbacks : Pornographic Film Distributor Goes Bust; Company's President Busted". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Stars Shine For Vivid, Matt O'Conner, 2006-03-17, Accessed 2011-07-13
  11. ^ Butler, Jerry (1990). Raw Talent: The Adult Film Industry as Seen by Its Most Popular Male Star. Prometheus Books. p. 147. ISBN 978-0879756253. 
  12. ^ "Frontline: Season 5, Episode 13 - Death of a Porn Queen". IMDb. 8 June 1987. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "52 Pick-Up (1986) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Evil Toons (1992)". IMDb. 26 November 1993. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c "Past Winners". Archived from the original on 18 January 2014. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  16. ^ "AVN Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-29. 
  17. ^ "XRCO Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on July 20, 2011. Retrieved 2007-11-29. 

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