Christy Canyon

Christy Canyon (born June 17, 1966)[1] is a retired pornographic actress and American radio personality.[2] She is an inductee of the AVN and XRCO Hall of Fame.

Christy Canyon
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Canyon at the F.O.X.E. Awards in February 2006
Born (1966-06-17) June 17, 1966 (age 55)[1]
Pasadena, California, United States
Other namesChristie Canyon, Cristy Canyon, Missy, Tara White, Sara Wine, Tara Wine, Linda Daniel, DeeDee
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)


Canyon has performed in over 100 adult films. She retired from performing in front of the camera three times, having shot films from September 1984 to March 1985; June 1989 to December 1992; and 1995 to 1997 (as an exclusive/contract performer for Vivid). She also appeared in photo spreads for Penthouse and Swank magazine.

In her autobiography, Canyon stated that porn actor Greg Rome approached her while she was waiting for a ride in Hollywood, and told her that she would be a terrific figure model. He gave her the business card of adult magazine and film recruiter/agent Jim South, of World Modeling Agency.[3] After visiting South's office, Canyon posed for men's magazines and began her video career shortly thereafter. She has stated that her first on-screen performance was with Ron Jeremy in 1984's "Swedish Erotica 57," and that Jeremy soon became a close friend in the business.

Christy Canyon at AVN Adult Entertainment Expo 2005.

In a 2005 interview on Taylor Wane's radio show, Canyon stated that off camera she had unprotected sex (without condoms) with all of her male co-stars during her time with Vivid Entertainment in the mid-1990s.[4]

From 2005 to March 2011, she was co-host of Sirius XM Satellite Radio's Playboy Radio show Night Calls.[5][6] As of April 2011 she became co-host of Sirius XM's Spice Sex Circus with Ginger Lynn and sole host of Sirius XM's weekly Legends of Porn.[7] She co-hosted Radio Sex You Porn on Sirius/XM Channel 102, until October 2013 when the channel went off the air. In December 2013, she became the host of The Christy Canyon Show on Vivid Radio on Sirius/XM Channel 102.


Canyon is retired from performing in adult films and dancing on the road, but she still has an adult-related career, concentrating on her website, working as a host for Vivid Radio, and selling merchandise on eBay and ABIBIDS. In 2003, she published her autobiography, titled Lights, Camera, Sex (ISBN 0-9727470-0-1). In November 2005, she appeared as a judge on the first season of Jenna's American Sex Star.

The ABC News show Nightline featured Canyon in a 2010 interview, in a segment titled Porn: When the Camera Stops as part of the series Modern Sex in America.[8]


Canyon has won several "best female performance"-type awards and is a member of both the XRCO and AVN Halls of Fame.

She was namechecked by English electronic band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark on their 1993 track "Heaven Is", in the line: "Heaven is Christy Canyon falling in love with me." [9]

Personal lifeEdit

Canyon was born in California to an Armenian-American father and an Italian-American mother.[10] Canyon is the younger sister of writer and journalist Carla Sinclair.[11] She has been married and divorced three times and is the mother of two adopted children.[12]


Partial filmographyEdit

  • WPINK (1984)
  • I Like To Be Watched (1984)
  • Wild Things (1985)
  • Hollywood Starlets (1985)
  • Educating Mandy (1985)
  • Black Throat (1985)
  • Holly Does Hollywood (1985)
  • Savage Fury (1985)
  • Star 90 (1990)
  • Passages 1-4 (1991)
  • Comeback (1995)
  • Oral Addiction (1996)
  • Domination Nation 1 and 2 (both 1997)
  • The Top 25 Adult Stars of All Time (1999)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Canyon, Christy (2004). Lights, Camera, Sex!. Canyon Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-9727470-0-4. June 17th, 1984. I woke up alone on my eighteenth birthday.
  2. ^ Morris, Chris (5 March 2010). "Life After Porn: The Retirement Challenge". CNBC.
  3. ^ Canyon, Christy (2004). Lights, Camera, Sex!. p. 23.
  4. ^ Christy Canyon & Taylor Wane Swap Guy Yarns Archived 2014-08-10 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Playboy Radio". Archived from the original on March 26, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
  6. ^ "Night Calls". Dogstar Radio. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
  7. ^ Spice Radio Archived 2011-04-10 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Staff. "Porn: When the Camera Stops". ABC News via YouTube. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Lyrics for "Heaven Is" on the official OMD website". Archived from the original on 2016-11-09. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  10. ^ "Christy Canyon". Retrieved 2021-04-25.
  11. ^ "Interesting Christy Canyon Facts". Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  12. ^ Modesti, Kevin (14 February 2009). "For Vivid Celebration, A Star Is Porn Again". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on 2017-08-10. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  13. ^ a b "Adult Video Awards". Archived from the original on February 5, 2003. Retrieved Dec 23, 2007.
  14. ^ "XRCO Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
  15. ^ a b "Past AVN Award Winners". Archived from the original on January 27, 2012. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
  16. ^ "Dump Bush, Er, Never Mind . . . (Sex and Free Speech, Renaissance Style)". LA Weekly (column). 29 July 2004. p. 2. Archived from the original on 5 September 2010. Retrieved 2009-10-14.
  17. ^ "AVN Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-23.

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