Savannah (pornographic actress)

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Savannah
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BornShannon Michelle Wilsey[1]
(1970-10-09)October 9, 1970[2]
Laguna Beach, California, U.S.[2]
DiedJuly 11, 1994(1994-07-11) (aged 23)[2]
Burbank, California, U.S.
Other namesSilver Cane, Silver Kane,[2] Savanah, Silver
EthnicityCaucasian[2]
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[2]
Weight105 lb (48 kg; 7.5 st)[2]
No. of adult films122 (per IAFD)[2]
 
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Savannah
Savannah db autocolor.jpg
BornShannon Michelle Wilsey[1]
(1970-10-09)October 9, 1970[2]
Laguna Beach, California, U.S.[2]
DiedJuly 11, 1994(1994-07-11) (aged 23)[2]
Burbank, California, U.S.
Other namesSilver Cane, Silver Kane,[2] Savanah, Silver
EthnicityCaucasian[2]
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[2]
Weight105 lb (48 kg; 7.5 st)[2]
No. of adult films122 (per IAFD)[2]

Shannon Michelle Wilsey (October 9, 1970 – July 11, 1994), commonly known by her stage name of Savannah, was an American pornographic performer, starring in more than 100 pornographic videos during her career. One of the most prominent adult-industry models of her time, she achieved notoriety within her short (1990–1994) career due to her on-screen presence and personal life. In January 2002, AVN ranked her at #19 on their list of the top 50 porn stars of all time.[3]

Wilsey reportedly took her stage name from Savannah Smiles, a 1982 movie she enjoyed.

Career and relationships[edit]

Wilsey was introduced to the adult film industry by pornographic actor and director Rex Cabo.[4] She signed an exclusive contract with Vivid Entertainment in 1991. She began using drugs and spending large amounts of money, and she reportedly had severe financial troubles despite her substantial income. She also garnered a reputation for being temperamental, leading Vivid to sever its association with her in 1992.[citation needed]

Wilsey became involved in a long-term relationship with fellow pornographic actress Jeanna Fine, with whom she later claimed to have fallen deeply in love.[5] She also had relationships with musician Gregg Allman, comedian Pauly Shore,[6] bassist Billy Sheehan, guitarist Slash,[6] and Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe.[7]

Death[edit]

Wilsey committed suicide in 1994 by shooting herself after a car accident.[1][6][8] After her death, Bill Margold founded Protecting Adult Welfare (P.A.W.), a non-profit organization that provides counseling for adult performers in need.[9]

In popular culture[edit]

The songs "Savannah Smiles" and "Shannon Wilsey on the Starry Stairs" by Okkervil River and "Savannah: Flights of Ecstasy" by Sheavy are both in homage to Wilsey.[10]

Awards[edit]

Mainstream filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990The Invisible Maniac[13]VickyCredited as Shannon Wilsey
Sorority House Massacre II[14]Satana
1991Camp Fear[15]Dorm Girl
Legal Tender[16]Mal's Gals
1999E! True Hollywood Story[17]Herself (archive footage)Episode: "Savannah"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Suicide of Young Superstar Weighs on Porn Industry Tragedy: Pampered, wild Shannon Wilsey, known as Savannah, was the third actress to take her life.", by John Johnson, July 16, 1994, Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Savannah". Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "AVN's Top 50 Porn Stars of All Time [January 2002]". AmIAnnoying.com. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  4. ^ "Actor-Director Rex Cabo Dies in Suicide Jump". AVN. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  5. ^ Sager, Mike (2003), Scary Monsters and Super Freaks: Stories of Sex, Drugs, Rock 'N' Roll and Murder, Thunder's Mouth Press, p. 45, ISBN 1-56025-563-3 
  6. ^ a b c "Getting Mellow: The Evolution of Pauly Shore Acting: The death of his ex-girlfriend, a porn film actress, may be the turning point in the comedian's life. He wants to shed his party-boy persona.", by James Grant, August 9, 1994, Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
  7. ^ Sager, Mike, Tattoos & Tequila 
  8. ^ "'I don't blame the industry for mistreating her. If anything, they spoiled her rotten.' Porn Star Puts an End to Her Life in the Fast Lane", by John Johnson, July 16, 1994, Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
  9. ^ Carlos Martinez (2006-11-16). "Stevi Secrets to Host P.A.W. Foundation Fundraiser". AVN. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  10. ^ Peter Warren (2007-08-20). "Indie Rock Band Records Ode to Savannah". AVN. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  11. ^ "1992 winners". AVN Awards. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  12. ^ "25th Annual AVN Awards Show". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  13. ^ "The Invisible Maniac (1990)". IMDb. 1990-07-13. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  14. ^ "Full cast and crew for Sorority House Massacre II (1990)". IMDb. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  15. ^ "Full cast and crew for Camp Fear (1991) (V)". IMDb. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  16. ^ "Full cast and crew for Legal Tender (1991)". IMDb. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  17. ^ "E! True Hollywood Story: Savannah". IMDb. 1999-10-31. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 

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