Adult film stars Juli Ashton, Dave Cummings, Tricia Devereaux, Jessica Drake, Manuel Ferrara, Lynn Lemay, and Aurora Snow will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 27th annual XRCO Awards on April 13 at the Highlands Hollywood. Peter Van Aarle, founder of the Internet Adult Film Database (IAFD.com, porn’s answer to IMDB.com), will receive this year’s Hall of Fame Special Award for his contributions to bringing adult entertainment into the 21st century.
Juli Ashton won the XRCO Award for Female Performer of the Year in 1996 and is now best known as the co-host of Playboy TV’s Night Calls (2000-2005) and as the owner of the (NSFW) site Juliland.com, featuring the erotic work of photographer Richard Avery.
Dave Cummings bills himself as “the oldest active male porn star in the world” and has built a cottage industry around teaching other unlikely gents how to break into the industry through his site HowToMakeAdultVideos.com.
Jessica Drake won the XRCO Award for Best Actress in 2009 for her starring role in Wicked Pictures’ Fallen, and won the same in 2005 for her role in Wicked’s Fluff and Fold.
Manuel Ferrara won Male Performer of the Year at the 2010 AVN Awards (after previously winning in 2006). He was the XRCO’s Best New Stud winner in 2002.
Lynn Lemay performed in adult films starting in 1988 at the age of 27 and has remained active as both a performer and director. She now owns the adult studio Lemayzing Pictures.
Aurora Snow won a string of XRCO awards in 2002 and 2003 and won the AVN Award for Female Performer of the Year in 2003.
The 2011 XRCO Awards will recognize adult films released between January 1 and December 31. Tori Black and Evan Stone topped the 2010 XRCO Awards as Performers of the Year. I’ll be previewing the nominees for Performer of the Year and other top categories as the awards ceremony gets closer.
The X-Rated Critics Organization was founded in 1984 to give writers and editors from the adult entertainment industry a voice in selecting the yearly best in X-Rated movies. The purpose was to award works of excellence, recognizing specifically the unique qualities of sexually explicit films. Its original membership included writers from Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia. In 2005 the XRCO welcomed its first Euro confrere.
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