In 1974 a sexually explicit film, The Devil in Miss Jones, splashed onto the screens of major film houses all over the world. Favorable reviews by even main-stream critics (notably, Judith Crist in the NY Times!) created a new genre called "Porn Chic" and made a reluctant celebrity of its lead actress, Georgina Spelvin. For the next thirty years, almost everyone who learned of this, my secret persona, asked, "So, when are you gonna write a book?" When I retired from my day job as a desktop publisher, I turned off the phone, bought a new laptop, and finally did just that. Knowing nothing about publishing, or more to the point, marketing, I blithly self-published this spicy memoir and titled it The Devil Made Me Do It. Amazingly, it's begun to take on a life of its own and I am enjoying brisk sales. I've done a few bookstore readings here in LA and in San Francisco that, thankfully, have drawn large crowds, but a full-scale book tour is way beyond my resources. Fortunately, the on-line world is expanding hourly. It has brought me many curious prospective buyers and many readers who have been either excessively kind or truly delighted with the thing. What more could "a girl like I" ask? (Apologies to Ms. Anita Loos.)
"Georgina Spelvin was born in New York City in 1972 when Gerard Damiano asked the actress who portrayed Miss Jones in his film The Devil in Miss Jones what name she wanted to use in the credits. She chose Spelvin because it is the traditional alias used in the theatre when actors don’t want to use their own name. Ten years and over a hundred films later, she sought refuge in the Hollywood Hills where she hid out for the next thirty years. She earned her keep working as a desktop publisher. Than she retired and wrote her memoir, The Devil Made Me Do It."
That's the bio text that appears on the back cover of my book. At the time, I still labored under the delusion that I could keep my true identity a secret. Naif that I was, I had very little knowledge of the web, Wikipedia, search engines, and all that. My cover has been blown so completely that many wonder why I stick to the phony name. Well, frankly, a lot more people recognize it than my birth name, so why in the world would I want to lose it?
So here's the real skinny. Born Shelley Bob Graham, March 1, 1936 in Houston, Texas. Name changed to Chele Graham upon joining Actors' Equity Associaiton in 1954. Performance credits on Broadway and in films of the non-pornographic sort are listed in that name. I was able to earn a living as an actress/dancer until about 1965. Growing long in the tooth, I turned to produciton work which led to film which led to poverty which led to porn. The gory details are in the book.
Education: Straight A's in English from Miss Sarah Marsh and a Tyler High School. Honor-roll graduate, 1954. University of Hard Knocks 1955 - 1981 Casual student at Tyler Jr. College, Tyler, Texas, 1981, 2 and 3. Bootstrap computer education, on-going since 1983.
My husband and our home, reading, writing, dancing, gardening, crossword puzzles, and schmoozing with friends. I am a confessed e-mail addict.
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