|Birthday:||May 22, 1972|
|Birth name:||Grace Quek|
|Height:||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|No. of films:||58 as performer |
2 as director
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Grace Quek, better known by her stage name Annabel Chong, is a former pornographic actress now living in the United States. On January 19, 1995, at the age of 22, she became famous by engaging in 251 sex acts with about 70 men over a ten-hour period, setting a world record, with the resulting footage being packaged as The World's Biggest Gang Bang. For her performance, Chong earned a "dubious achievement award" in Esquire magazine. She is also the subject of the documentary Sex: The Annabel Chong Story.
Chong was born and raised in Singapore. She was a student at Raffles Girls' School and Hwa Chong Junior College before going on to study law in London under a scholarship. During this time, she was gang raped in a rubbish store under an inner-city housing block. At the age of 21, she went on to graduate studies in photography, art, and feminist studies at the University of Southern California (USC), where she excelled academically and also began working in pornographic films. Chong went on to graduate work in gender studies at USC.
Chong presented her work in pornography as an attempt to challenge the settled notions and assumptions of viewers about female sexuality. For example, her conception of a gang bang was based on the example of Messalina, a wife of the emperor Claudius. Historically, Messalina has suffered a poor reputation, a fact that some attribute (at least partly) to gender bias. Chong sought to question the double standard that denies women the ability to exhibit the same sexuality as men, by modelling what a female "stud" would be.
Chong started in porn by answering an advertisement in LA Weekly, which led to photo shoots and then an interview with director John T. Bone. Bone, recognizing Chong's talent, embarked on producing a series of films starring her. She was the new hardcore princess in her early gangbangs such as Sgt. Pecker's Lonely Hearts Club Gangbang and I Can't Believe I Did the Whole Team.
World's Biggest Gang Bang
Main article: World's Biggest Gang Bang
The production that propelled her into the limelight was another Bone production The World's Biggest Gang Bang. Chong advertised on adult television for 300 participants for the event. Even though only 70 or so participants turned up, this still caused a sensation in the porn world. As well as being the largest single grouping of men in a pornographic film, Chong had started a new trend. Even though the movie is one of the highest grossing in the porn industry, Chong was never paid the US$10,000 she was promised, which was supposed to cover her USC expenses.
Appearances in popular culture
After the event, Chong made a host of media appearances, including The Jerry Springer Show. In her March 2000 appearance on the radio program Loveline, Chong admitted that there were slightly fewer than 70 men in her gangbang and that there were water and lunch breaks during the 10-hour time span. In 2007, a play based on her story, 251, was staged in Singapore by Loretta Chen.
Sex: The Annabel Chong Story
Main article: Sex: The Annabel Chong Story
The sensation caught the interest of university film student Gough Lewis. Lewis met Chong and embarked on producing a documentary about her, named Sex: The Annabel Chong Story. The film includes footage from the gang bang shooting, explores Chong's motives, revisits with her the site of her rape, and depicts a painful conversation in Singapore between Chong and her mother, who until then didn't know about her daughter's career. The documentary propelled Chong further into the world media as it became a hit at the 1999 Sundance film festival, where it was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize.
Late pornography career and retirement
Chong continued to work in the porn industry for a short while after the documentary came out, directing and starring in movies as well as setting up a website. In 2000 she directed and performed in the gang bang movie Pornomancer, her take on William Gibson's novel Neuromancer. After 2000, she largely stopped appearing in mainstream porn videos, concentrating instead on producing content for her website and appearing in a few BDSM videos. In 2003, Chong retired from porn entirely, leaving a final message on her website that "Annabel is dead" and stating that she had become a web developer and consultant. She also stated that she intended to "begin her new life of peace and relative obscurity".
She has largely declined media interviews since leaving the porn industry and has declined to comment on her pornographic career. Quek engaged in limited correspondence the biographical play, 251, telling the producers "Do whatever you want with Annabel Chong because this person doesn't exist anymore." She also stated that she could not understand the continuing fascination and sustained interest in Annabel Chong after many years. A 2008 article on Quek in the Singapore newspaper The New Paper states that she was still working a web developer and has also taken up marathon running.