The star of “Deep Throat” makes her last film appearance in “Linda Lovelace’s Loose Lips”

By on October 15, 2018

“My name is Linda Boreman. I was formerly known or once known as Linda Lovelace, the survivor of Deep Throat,” says the star of Linda Lovelace’s Loose Lips during this 90-minute documentary’s opening scene.

Watch this fascinating and decidedly NSFW film — co-directed by pop culture journalist, historian and author Legs McNeil, who conducted Lovelace’s last filmed interview before her tragic death — on Night Flight Plus.

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Lovelace’s topsy-turvy life story was filled with lots of ups and downs.

The daughter of a NYPD officer, her poor health during her later years was the result of contracting hepatitis during a liver transplant.

On April 3, 2002, she suffered massive internal injuries in a car accident, and died nineteen days later after being taken off life-support. She was 53 years old.

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McNeil — who co-directs with Alex Chimaj — had a film crew document his no-holds-barred interview with Lovelace for his book, The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry.

She talks about her troubled life, including the story behind Gerard Damiano’s Deep Throat, which, for a time, was the most successful X-rated adult film in movie history.

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McNeil’s documentary is divided into three distinct parts.

In “Just the Facts,” we’re presented with a fact-based overview of Lovelace’s life, particularly her early years and her domineering mother.

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We learn about her appearances in hardcore porn loops for peep show arcades, and appearances in several X-rated short films — including 1971’s infamous Dog Fucker — prior to Deep Throat.

We also hear details about Lovelace’s turbulent relationship with sadistic future husband and manager, Chuck Traynor, who verbally and physically abused her and stole from her too.

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The world’s most famous cocksucker talks about introducing oral sex to America.

Lovelace also talks about being exploited by the anti-porn movement, which she had helped launch with her best-selling 1980 memoir, Ordeal: An Autobiography, in which she claimed she was physically and emotionally abused during her years in porn.

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Lovelace’s candid interviews and appearances — including Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” and the Academy Awards’ red carpet — led to nationwide debates about pornography’s effect on American society.

McNeil also details the history of pornography in the U.S., focusing mostly on its so-called “Golden Age,” from 1972 until the mid-’80s.

The film’s second section presents evidence of how Lovelace frequently told lies, including her claim that she was forced to perform sex acts in Deep Throat.

“Every time someone watches that movie, they’re watching me being raped,” she says, although her co-workers claim she was a 100% willing participant.

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At times, Lovelace — who returned to doing porn in 2001 after failing miserably as a nightclub singer and dinner theater actress — – sounds a little wacko.

In her first book, Inside Linda Lovelace, she’d written about how much she enjoyed sex, and in 1974, appeared in the Deep Throat Part II sequel.

The currently-available DVD of that film — re-cut and distributed with an “R” rating — contains no real sexual content at all.

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The third part (“Conclusions”) offers up opinions about Lovelace’s career from adult film actress Marilyn Chambers (star of David Cronenberg’s Rabid, she also died tragically, in 2009); Deep Throat co-star Harry Reems; adult film actress/porn producer Sharon Mitchell; smut peddler Al Goldstein (whose 2013 New York Times obituary describes him as “the scabrous publisher whose Screw magazine pushed hardcore pornography into the cultural mainstream”); Eric Danville, author of The Complete Linda Lovelace: A Deeper-Than-Deep Look at America’s First Porn Queen; FBI Agent Bill Kelly, and Chuck Traynor, among others.

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Read more about Linda Lovelace below.

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We thought we’d take this opportunity to mention Linda Lovelace for President (1975), a purposely campy comedy spoof capitalizing on Lovelace’s sudden fame following Deep Throat, which — given the state of things in America in 2018 — doesn’t seem that crazy anymore.

The film — which arrived in theaters around the same time as White House Madness, Mark L. Lester’s offensive satire parodying President Nixon’s paranoia (watch it on Night Flight Plus!) — poked fun of the search for a viable presidential candidate in the post-Nixon era.

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In a plot recalling 1969’s Putney Swope, a mismatched group of delegates representing every political position imaginable decide that Lovelace is the most unlikely and outrageous candidate for the job.

Lovelace sets off on an unbelievable adventure, touring the country on a grass roots campaign with a rag-tag team of strange, wacked-out supporters and campaign staffers while also trying to keep one step ahead of an assassin hired to take her out!

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Along the way there are references to Deep Throat, including a campaign slogan: “A vote for Linda is a blow for democracy!”

The film was the idea of her then-boyfriend, movie producer David Winters, who’d witnessed first-hand her popularity among ’70s college students during speeches on college campuses (some scenes were lensed at the University of Kansas and at Swope Park in Kansas City, Missouri).

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Written by “Laugh-In” skit writer Jack Margolis and directed by Claudio Guzmán, Linda Lovelace for President also stars Fuddle Bagley (from Darktown Strutters!) and Val Bisoglio.

It also features cameo appearances by Micky Dolenz of the Monkees (as a near-sighted bus driver), Scatman Crothers, Chuck McCann (playing three different roles!), Joe E. Ross, Vaughn Meader, and more!

Released theatrically in X-, R-, and PG-rated versions, Linda Lovelace for President never really gained a cult following, but try to find a copy if you’re up for watching an offensive satire with ’70s-era jokes about race, sex, drugs and politics (and gratuitous nudity too, of course).

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.