Belladonna (actress)

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Belladonna attending the Exxxotica Adult Entertainment Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California on July 10, 2010
BornMichelle Anne Sinclair
(1981-05-21) May 21, 1981 (age 32)
Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[3]
Weight127 lb (58 kg; 9.1 st)
Spouse(s)Aiden Kelly[4]
No. of adult films326 as actress, 89 as director (per IAFD)
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Belladonna 2010.jpg
Belladonna attending the Exxxotica Adult Entertainment Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California on July 10, 2010
BornMichelle Anne Sinclair
(1981-05-21) May 21, 1981 (age 32)
Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[3]
Weight127 lb (58 kg; 9.1 st)
Spouse(s)Aiden Kelly[4]
No. of adult films326 as actress, 89 as director (per IAFD)

Belladonna (born Michelle Anne Sinclair[5] on May 21, 1981[4]) is an American former pornographic actress and producer.[6]


Early life[edit]

Michelle Anne Sinclair was born in Biloxi, Mississippi[3] as the second of seven children. The family had German, Scottish, and Cherokee roots.[1][2] She experienced her first kiss at age 12,[7] got her first tattoo at 13,[3] had her first intercourse at 14, her first anal sex at 16, and her first double anal at 19 for Anabolic Video.[3] Sinclair dropped out of high school and moved out of her parents' house at 15. She also stayed in Utah for a short period of her life.[8] Prior to her pornography career she worked for 7-11, Victoria’s Secret, Sears and Subway.[7]


Her introduction to the adult industry came about when an agent came to Utah to see one of her friends, who introduced him to her.[8] The next day she flew to Los Angeles.[3] Immediately prior to starting her porn career she was dancing in a club in Utah.[3] The pseudonym "Belladonna" came in part from a friend in Utah named Bella; later, an early agent suggested Bella Donna as it means "beautiful woman" in Italian.[9] Her motivation to join the adult industry was mainly financial.[7]

Belladonna at the 2007 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo

Belladonna got into the adult film industry after she moved to Los Angeles to become a nude model. Her career began in 2000 when she was 18.[8] Her first film was Real Sex Magazine.[8] As the scene involved anal sex she had to perform her first enema, and she was also required to urinate on her co-star.[7] One of her early films featured Sinclair in a rough group sex scene with twelve men, staged in a prison.[5] She has since appeared in over 300 adult films, including titles such as Service Animals 6 & 7, She-Male Domination Nation, Bella Loves Jenna, Back 2 Evil, Weapons of Ass Destruction, and Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge.[10] In 2002 she featured in the multi award-winning BDSM themed Fashionistas; its director John Stagliano described her as "a woman with the most incredible sexual abilities I’ve ever seen."[10] As well as Stagliano she has often been directed by Nacho Vidal, Jules Jordan and Rocco Siffredi.[10] In 2003 she signed a contract with Sineplex, for whom she also directed.[3] She now owns and operates Belladonna Entertainment with her partner and husband, Aiden Kelly. She produces her own movies under the Belladonna Entertainment and Deadly Nightshade Productions labels, exclusively distributed by Evil Angel.[11] Her directorial debut for Evil Angel was Evil Pink in 2003.[10] She has since created and starred in series including Fetish Fanatic, Dark Meat, No Warning, Odd Jobs, Belladonna's Butthole Whores, Foot Soldiers, Girl Train, Manhandled, Fucking Girls, Evil Pink, Cock Happy and My Ass Is Haunted.[12] Her productions are classed as Gonzo pornography.[10]

She has appeared several times in the reality television series Family Business, which focuses on the life of porn director Adam Glasser a.k.a. "Seymore Butts". In 2004 she was one of a number of porn stars photographed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders for a "coffee table book" on the adult industry, XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits; she also appears in the HBO documentary Thinking XXX about the making of the book.

In 2011, she was named by CNBC as one of the 12 most popular stars in porn.[13] CNBC noted that while she had stepped back from acting to pursue directing and producing, she has maintained a loyal fan base, and has been nominated for 42 AVN awards and won 10 in the course of her career.

Media attention from Primetime[edit]

Belladonna attending the Los Angeles Erotica 2009

Her career in the pornography business was followed for two years by a crew from ABC Television, culminating in a January 2003 interview with Diane Sawyer as part of a Primetime Thursday segment on pornography.[10] At one point in the interview Belladonna broke down in tears, when Sawyer asked her, "You keep describing these awful things that happened to you. Yet, you keep smiling. Why?" Belladonna's smile wavered and her eyes watered up. "It's so I don't start crying," she said.[10] Part of the footage for the segment was an interview with Belladonna's sister, who had moved out to Los Angeles at Belladonna's urging, and who had gotten a job at Red Light District Films. Belladonna's sister revealed on-camera that despite her claims, Belladonna was actually quite depressed, and had recently been hospitalized following a suicide attempt. Another topic discussed in the interview was the fact that Belladonna had contracted chlamydia.[14] The publicity provided by the interview boosted Belladonna's career.[10]

The interview has since been used by a number of anti-pornography groups to support their case that pornography is exploitative of the women who appear in it; nevertheless, Sinclair remains an active performer in the industry. In later interviews, Sinclair claimed that she had never intended to make "anti-porn" statements.[3] In one interview, when she was asked if she was happy how the interview came out, her reply was:

I am not happy about Primetime but I would love to see the whole story air one day so everyone can see how much I had to say that was FOR the porn industry. If you know me you know that I loved shooting![15]

ABC contacted her once to do a follow-up to the interview; she refused saying, "No thank you. I don't want to be embarrassed again."[9] Several figures in the porn industry objected to her comments on the program.[3]


In August 2007, Sinclair decided to semi-retire from performing with other people over concerns of STDs, specifically herpes. She thought she had contracted herpes in 2002 and was worried the disease had spread; however it was later discovered that it was a skin rash rather than herpes. Regardless, she still decided to semi-retire.[16][17][18]

In a 2007 interview with the Salt Lake City Weekly,[5] Sinclair expressed some regret about aspects of her career in pornography, particularly her early notoriety for performing acts and scenes that many other performers regarded as extreme or taboo. Lamenting the lack of guidance from more experienced actresses, Sinclair described an extended period of clinical depression. Sinclair stressed in this same interview, however, that she took responsibility for all her decisions and that she was never forced to perform.

However, according to a 2008 post on Sinclair's blog, she has since come out of retirement, and has filmed a number of hardcore scenes.[19] She appeared in Digital Playground's Pirates II, the sequel to their top-selling DVD, Pirates.[20] She has also appeared in James Gunn's PG Porn.

In June 2010 it was announced that she would be part of the cast of the upcoming horror movie Stripped.[21]

Belladonna was featured on the cover of metalcore band Asking Alexandria's sophomore album titled Reckless & Relentless, where she is seen sitting in a dirty, dark room.[22] She is also later featured in their short film Through Sin + Self Destruction.

In July 2012, she announced via Twitter that she was "no longer interested in having sex on camera" and would be pursuing her other interests.[6]

Personal life[edit]

She was formerly engaged to fellow porn actor Nacho Vidal.[8] On April 11, 2004, she married Aiden Kelly in Las Vegas, Nevada.[4] She has a daughter, Myla Kelly,[23] who was born in January 2005.[24][25]

Her interests include pilates, yoga, gardening, movies, singing, video games, aquariums, cooking, traveling and outdoor activities.[10]


AVN Awards[edit]

The AVN Awards are sponsored and presented by the American adult video industry trade magazine AVN (Adult Video News). Belladona has been nominated for 43 AVN Awards, of which she has won 10. In 2011, she was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame.

2011WonAVN Hall of Fame
2009WonBest All-Girl 3-Way Sex SceneBelladonna's Girl TrainAiden Starr & Kimberly Kane
WonBest Supporting ActressPirates II
WonBest All-Girl Couples Sex SceneJesse Jane
NominatedBest All-Girl 3-Way Sex SceneKatsuni & Stoya
NominatedBest Threeway Sex SceneSasha Grey & Evan Stone
NominatedCock PigsBrianna Love & Mr. Pete
NominatedBest All-Girl Couples Sex SceneBelladonna's Fucking Girls 6Lexi Belle
NominatedBest Anal Sex SceneButthole Whores 2Steve Holmes
NominatedBest Director (Non-Feature)Discovering Alexis Texas
NominatedBest Oral Sex SceneBelladonna's Odd Jobs 3
NominatedDirector of the Year
NominatedFemale Performer of the Year
2008WonBest Director (Non-Feature)Belladonna: Manhandled 2
NominatedBest Couples Sex Scene (Video)Tony T.
NominatedDirector of the Year (Body of Work)
NominatedBest All-Girl Sex Scene (Video)Belladonna's Fucking Girls 4Naomi
NominatedBest Group Sex Scene (Video)I Dream of Jenna 2Jenna Jameson, Nikita Denise, Aurora Snow, Cindy Crawford, Alaura Eden, Courtney & T.T. Boy
NominatedBest Oral Sex Scene (Video)
NominatedFashionistas Safado: Berlin
NominatedBest Solo Sex SceneButthole Whores
NominatedMost Outrageous Sex SceneBelladonna Fetish Fanatic 5Claire Adams
2007WonBest Group Sex Scene (Video)Fashionistas Safado: The ChallengeMelissa Lauren, Jenna Haze, Gianna Michaels, Sandra Romain, Adrianna Nicole, Flower Tucci, Sasha Grey, Nicole Sheridan, Marie Luv, Caroline Pierce, Lia Baren, Jewell Marceau, Jean Val Jean, Christian XXX, Voodoo, Chris Charming, Erik Everhard, Mr. Pete & Rocco Siffredi
NominatedBest Actress (Video)
NominatedDirector of the Year (Body of Work)
NominatedBest All-Girl Sex Scene (Video)Belladonna: No WarningChloe Dior
2005NominatedThe ConnasseurCatalina
NominatedBella Loves JennaJenna Jameson
NominatedBest Anal Sex SceneNacho Vidal
2004WonBest Sex Scene Coupling (Video)Back 2 EvilNacho Vidal
NominatedBest Oral Sex Scene (Video)
NominatedFemale Performer of the Year
NominatedBest Anal Sex Scene (Video)Anal Trainer 4Manuel Ferrara
NominatedBest Three-Way Sex Scene (Video)Latin AmoreDee & Billy Glide
NominatedBest Three-Way Sex Scene (Video)New Wave Hookers 7Tyce Bune & Joel Lawrence
NominatedBest Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot ProductionRocco: Animal Trainer 10Daniella, Sara & Nacho Vidal
NominatedMost Outrageous Sex SceneShe-Male Domination NationNacho Vidal & Carol
2003WonBest Supporting Actress (Film)The Fashionistas
WonBest Tease Performance
WonBest All-Girl Sex Scene (Film)Taylor St. Claire
WonBest Oral Sex Scene (Film)Rocco Siffredi
NominatedMark Ashley & Billy Glide
NominatedFemale Performer of the Year
NominatedBest Anal Sex Scene (Video)Up Your Ass 19Lexington Steele

XRCO Awards[edit]

The XRCO Awards are given by the X-Rated Critics Organization annually to people working in adult entertainment.

2006NominatedBest Single Performance (Actress)Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge
2004NominatedBest Sex Scene (Couple)Bella Loves JennaNacho Vidal
NominatedBest Girl-Girl SceneJenna Jameson
NominatedOrgasmic Oralist
2003NominatedFemale Performer of the Year
NominatedBest Sex Scene (Couple)Back 2 EvilNacho Vidal
NominatedOrgasmic Oralist
NominatedOrgasmic Analist
2002WonFemale Performer of the Year
WonBest Single Performance (Actress)The Fashionistas
WonBest Girl-Girl SceneTaylor St. Clair
WonOrgasmic Analist

F.A.M.E. Awards[edit]

The Fans of Adult Media and Entertainment Awards (or F.A.M.E.) were created in 2006 by Genesis magazine, Adam & Eve Sex Toys, and AVN as a means for the public to vote for their favorites.

2008NominatedFavorite Female Performer
NominatedFavorite Ass
NominatedFavorite Director
2007WonDirtiest Girl in Porn
NominatedFavorite Female Starlet
NominatedFavorite Anal Starlet
NominatedFavorite Ass
2006NominatedFavorite Butt
NominatedFavorite Adult Actress

Ninfa Prize[edit]

Ninfa Prizes are awarded at the annual Spanish pornographic film festival, the Festival Internacional de Cine Erótico de Barcelona.

2003WonBest ActressThe Fashionistas

XBIZ Awards[edit]

2009WonDirector (Body of Work)

AFWG Awards[edit]

2008WonDirectrix Of The YearIodine Girl
2003WonAmerican Female Performer of the Year
WonBest Supporting Actress (Film)The Fashionistas
WonBest All-Girl Sex Scene (Film)Taylor St. Claire
WonBest Anal Sex Scene (Video)Up Your Ass 19Lexington Steele


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