Briana Banks

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Briana Banks
Briana Banks at AEE 2008 Day 3 2.jpg
2008
BornBriana Bany[1]
(1978-05-21) May 21, 1978 (age 35)[2]
Munich, Germany
Other namesMirage
EthnicityGerman/American
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[3]
Weight110 lb (50 kg; 7.9 st)[2]
No. of adult films279 (per IAFD)
Website
http://brianabanksreloaded.com/
 
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Briana Banks
Briana Banks at AEE 2008 Day 3 2.jpg
2008
BornBriana Bany[1]
(1978-05-21) May 21, 1978 (age 35)[2]
Munich, Germany
Other namesMirage
EthnicityGerman/American
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[3]
Weight110 lb (50 kg; 7.9 st)[2]
No. of adult films279 (per IAFD)
Website
http://brianabanksreloaded.com/

Briana Banks (born Briana Bany;[1] May 21, 1978[2]) is a German-American pornographic actress and model.

Early life[edit source | edit]

Briana Bany was born in Munich, Bavaria to a German father and an American mother. They moved to Britain when she was aged four, then to the Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley when she was seven.[4][5] Her father still lives in Germany. She moved out of her mother's house when she was 16, taking her 14-year-old sister with her.[6] She got custody of her sister when she turned 18.[4][6] She modeled as a teenager, including a cover of Teen magazine.[5] She held various other jobs before entering the adult industry; making pizza, clerk at an arts and crafts store, file clerk and secretary.[4]

Career[edit source | edit]

In 1999 she responded to a newspaper ad to do nude modeling for adult magazines. The photographer put her in a pornographic film.[4] Her first film was University Coeds 18, for Dane Entertainment, in which she performed opposite Brandon Iron.[4] She entered the industry under the name "Mirage", but began calling herself "Briana Banks" in 2000, after having the first of two breast enlargement operations.[7] Having had aspirations of being a supermodel, she chose the professional surname "Banks" after model Tyra Banks.[8] Her first appearance using the new name was in the film Decadent Whores 9. She was Penthouse magazine's Pet of the Month in June 2001. The same year, she signed with Vivid Entertainment.[4]

Banks claims to have the longest legs in the business (36 in (91 cm) inseam).[7] She has a ribbon tattoo on her lower back. For several years her regular boyfriend was porn actor Bobby Vitale,[6][7] but they broke up in 2006.[9]

In 2002 Banks was one of the first porn actresses to have an action figure made in her likeness, by Los Angeles-based Cyber F/X and Sota Toys.[10]

Banks was a contributing author in the 2004 book How To Have a XXX Sex Life: The Ultimate Vivid Guide (ISBN 9780060581480, from ReganBooks), in which she and other Vivid contract stars give advice and tips about sex, as well as relate anecdotes from their personal sex lives.

On October 13, 2006, Banks reportedly filed a federal lawsuit seeking more than US$75,000 in damages against Doc Johnson Enterprises, charging that they had created unauthorized products from molds of her genitals.[1]

Awards[edit source | edit]

Notes[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Porn Star Briana Banks Sues Over Sex Toys", WTAE-TV, October 13, 2006. Retrieved April 28, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c "Briana Banks". Penthouse. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 
  3. ^ "Official website of Briana Banks: About Me". brianabanksreloaded.com. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Brianna Banks Interviews", Cindi Loftus, Xcitement magazine, April 20, 2001, on Lukeisback.com, retrieved 2007-05-08.
  5. ^ a b "Briana Banks: From Teen Magazine Cover Girl to Vivid Porn Queen", Mike Ramone, AVN Insider, 2002-05-17. Retrieved April 28, 2007.
  6. ^ a b c "Briana Banks", interview by Melissa Monet, June 10, 2001, Pornstarempire.com. Retrieved 2007-05-08.
  7. ^ a b c "In Tight with Briana Banks", TeraBabes interview, January 8, 2003. Retrieved May 6, 2007.
  8. ^ She explained this in an interview included among the DVD extras for the documentary Thinking XXX.
  9. ^ "An indepth interview with Vivid Star Briana Banks", Cindi Loftus, Pornstarz.org, March 2010.
  10. ^ "Briana Banks: Action Figure", Carly Milne, AVN Insider, 2002-06-28. Retrieved May 6, 2007.
  11. ^ "Nominations 2009 AVN Adult Movie Awards" (PDF). AVNAwards.com. 2008-11-25. Retrieved 2008-11-26. [dead link]

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