Sharon Mitchell

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Sharon Mitchell
Image:Sharon Mitchell.jpg
Birthday:January 18, 1956
Astrological Sign:Capricorn
Birth location:New Jersey
Years Active:1975-2003 (Started around 19 years old)
Height:5 feet, 7 inches (170 cm)
Hair color:Brown
Skin color:White
Alias(es):Miss Sharon Mitchell
No. of films:639 (29 as director)
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Sharon Mitchell (born January 18, 1956) is the Director of the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation, which she set up in 1998. She used to be an erotic actress, with a career spanning over two decades.



Before becoming a porn star, she was an Off-Broadway actress and dancer who toured with the Martha Graham company.

During her career in hardcore pornography, she appeared in over 2,000 movies and directed 38. She made many appearances as a bondage model in underground magazines and, in the 1990s, made the transition from sex films to bondage and S&M videos, nearly always playing the role of a tough dominatrix.

During her heyday in the 1970s and 1980s, she was distinguished by her lean, wiry physique and androgynous appearance — angular facial features with mascara and rouge and short teased hair, which was sometimes worn in a butch mullet style — as well as her vigorous cunnilingus technique. She is a member of the AVN Awards Hall of Fame, Legends of Erotica and XRCO Hall of Fame.

As an erotic performer, Miss Mitchell was a soft butch lesbian. She also performed sex scenes with men (often as part of a bisexual threesome with another female performer), but this was usually in her early career. She contracted herpes, chlamydia and trichomoniasis during her career.

Later she became addicted to heroin, a habit which she successfully overcame, and she has been drug free since the early-1990s. She contracted hepatitis from needle use. She subsequently refers to her 16-year addiction to heroin as her "blackout years".

On March 30, 1996, she was attacked and raped by an admirer who almost killed her. After that incident, she left the sex industry. Mitchell received a Ph.D. degree in human sexuality from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco.

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