Where Are They Now? #5 – Vanessa Del Rio

She was born and raised in Harlem the daughter of Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrant parents and has been a lifelong New Yorker. In her early 20’s Vanessa Del Rio would become porn’s first Latina superstar and would remain a star even long after her retirement. After Vanessa graduated from high school she took some computer courses and then found a job as a computer programmer in New York City and moved out on her own. She also worked as a waitress. A friend suggested with her big busted body and exotic Latin looks to give go go dancing a try. Vanessa did and doing quite well as a dancer in New York clubs. It was her sexy dancing, exotic looks and body that would lead Vanessa getting into the growing porn film industry in New York in 1974. It was a whole new world for this Latina, but the money was good, she loved sex so why not give it a shot.

 

While Vanessa only appeared in just over 100 films during her long career in front of the camera, she was a big hit with fans of every age. Some of her great films include “Virgin Snow”, “The Lady From Rio”, ‘The Devil In Miss Jones 3”, “A Scent of Heaven”, “Deep Inside Vanessa”, plus 1980’s “Dracula Exotica” and 1981’s, “Dancers” winning a Best Supporting Actress award for both of those performances. Vanessa decided to leave the industry in 1986 mainly because of the AIDS scare, but remained a very popular figure with her personal appearances at video stores, conventions and clubs. A couple of years later she returned and resumed her spot on the top as a major Latina star and stayed in adult until 1999. After that Vanessa made some mainstream film and TV appearances, most notably, several guest shots on “NYPD Blue”. Today, after more than 35 plus years in the business Vanessa, now 59, is a member of the AVN and XRCO Halls of Fame. Though retired from performing, she is still major draw at personal appearances, adult conventions and shows all over the country.


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