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Merle Michaels' Bio

Merle Michaels began her career as a pornographic film performer thanks to her boyfriend's encouragement. In her own words, "One day he brought home a copy of Screw—I'd never seen it before. We sat and read the classifieds, and I laughed at them. He said, 'Now here's a job for you.'" The job was for nude modeling and after appearing in several men’s magazines she was offered a role in a loop; she accepted, though during this time she also pursued a college degree in journalism. Merle did several loops which were later released in the theaters as “loop-carriers”—several short vignettes under one title—such as Angie the Undercover Cop and The Love Syndrome. Then she moved to full-length XXX features, working for famous directors such as Chuck Vincent, Henri Pachard, and Warren Evans. Her on-screen partners were some top names of the 1970s such as Annie Sprinkle, Candida Royalle, Seka, Vanessa del Rio, Eric Edwards, Herschel Savage, Jamie Gillis, John Holmes, and Ron Jeremy, to name a few.

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Interestingly enough, Merle’s first full-length film was probably her most famous: Debbie Does Dallas (1978) in which she played Donna, Debbie’s friend, and is credited as Merril Townsend. Specifically, her appearances in the film include: at the library flirting with Mr. Biddle, the librarian (Jake Teague); her oral scene with Tim (Herschel Savage) in which she gets caught by Mr. Biddle; and the spanking she allows the librarian to prevent him from telling her parents. Her first feature role was in Norman Gurney’s Secrets of a Willing Wife (1979) as Susan, Martin’s (Eric Edwards) wife—she first loses him because of her inhibitions but later overcomes them with the help of a sort of hippie sex therapist, winning her husband back. Merle appears is in half of the movie, twelve scenes total. Arguably her best performance, however, can be found in Sizzle (1979); she plays a kidnap victim who turns the tables on her captors by becoming the most insatiable, sex-crazed woman any of them have ever seen. It's a funny and sexy role that she plays to perfection.

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In her own words, "I don't have big enough tits," Merle once said to explain her casting in mostly supporting roles. As such, she was often overlooked for consideration in individual porn awards. However several of the movies she performed in were highly accredited; for example, Jack & Jill, Platinum Paradise, and Roommates, were inducted into XRCO Hall of Fame as well as this award winner:

  • 1979 AFAA Awards (multiple) Babylon Pink—the same film was also inducted into the XRCO Hall of Fame

Life After Porn

Merle left the adult industry in 1982, reportedly living in Montana with her husband and four sons and working as a journalist.

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Dirty Looks

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15 Ratings
Release Year: 1982
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When it comes to dirty movies, no one made them better than Chuck Vincent. Porn legends . . .

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Mother's Arrangement

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12 Ratings
Release Year: 1979

Sunny, played by big-titted porn legend Candida Royalle, works for Mr. Carmichael. . . .

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Velvet High

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10 Ratings
Release Year: 1980

It's back to classes with the horniest cheerleaders in the county. They are cute . . .

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The Playgirl

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3 Ratings
Release Year: 1982

Plush Pampered Perverse

Veronica Hart turns in one of her most memorable

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Mystique

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3 Ratings
Release Year: 1979

Is it real... or is it the ultimate fantasy?...

Georgina Spelvin plays

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Justine - A Matter of Innocence

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4 Ratings
Release Year: 1980

Justine (played by Hillary Summers), just having graduated from a French finishing . . .

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Showgirl Superstars 102 - Caught In The Act

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12 Ratings
Release Year: 1979

Superstars Marlene Willoughby and Merle Michaels are two nurses who really know how . . .

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Pleasure Production 2054 - High Heel Assfuck

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13 Ratings

This vintage title is well ahead of its time and features a fantastic, classic

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Pleasure Production 2085 - Lesbian Lust

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12 Ratings

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The beautiful Vanessa Del Rio and . . .

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Joys of Erotica 222 - Red Hot Anal

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10 Ratings

Number 222 from Joys of Erotica

Lusting for her lover, Angela plays with . . .

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