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Belladonna
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Birth name Michelle Anne Sinclair
Birthdate May 21, 1981 (1981-05-21) (age 28)
Birth location Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.A.
Spouse(s) Aiden Kelly[1]
Height ft 4 in (1.63 m)[2]
Weight 127 lb (58 kg; 9.1 st)
Measurements: 34C[2]-24-34 in
Eye color Brown
Hair color Brown/Blonde
Ethnicity German/Scottish/Cherokee/Russian[3][4]
No. of films 266 (IAFD)
Official website
Belladonna at IMDb
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Belladonna at AFDB

Belladonna (born Michelle Anne Sinclair[5] on May 21, 1981[1]) is an American pornographic actress and producer.

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Biography

Early life

Michelle Anne Sinclair was born in Biloxi, Mississippi[2] and is of German, Scottish, Russian and Cherokee ancestry.[3][6] She had her first kiss aged twelve,[7] got her first tattoo at thirteen,[2] and had intercourse at fourteen.[2] She dropped out of high school and moved out of her parents' house at the age of fifteen. She also stayed in Utah for a short period of her life,[5] and had a Mormon upbringing.[8] Prior to her pornography career she worked for 7-11, Victoria’s Secret, Sears and Subway.[7]

Career

Her introduction to the adult industry came about when an agent came to Utah to see one of her friends, who introduced him to her.[8] The next day she flew to Los Angeles.[2] Immediately prior to starting her porn career she was dancing in a club in Utah.[2] The pseudonym "Belladonna" came in part from a friend in Utah named Bella; later, an early agent suggested Bella Donna as it meant "beautiful woman" in Italian.[9] Her motivation to join the adult industry was mainly financial.[7]

Belladonna got into the adult film industry after she moved to Los Angeles to become a nude model. Her career began in 2000 when she was 18.[8] Her first film was Real Sex Magazine for Bill Whitrock; her male counterpart was Chris Cannon.[8] As the scene involved anal sex she had to perform her first enema, and she was also required to urinate on her co-star.[7] One of her early films featured Sinclair in a rough group sex scene with twelve men, staged in a prison while she was menstruating.[5] She has since appeared in over 250 adult films, including titles such as Service Animals 6 & 7, She-Male Domination Nation, Jenna Loves Bella, Back 2 Evil, Weapons of Ass Destruction, and Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge.[10] In 2002 she featured in the multi award-winning BDSM themed Fashionistas; its director John Stagliano described her as "a woman with the most incredible sexual abilities I’ve ever seen."[10] As well as Stagliano she has often been directed by Nacho Vidal, Jules Jordan and Rocco Siffredi.[10] In 2003 she signed a contract with Sineplex, for whom she also directed.[2] She now owns and operates Belladonna Entertainment with her partner and husband, Aiden Kelly. She produces her own movies under the Belladonna Entertainment and Deadly Nightshade Productions labels, exclusively distributed by Evil Angel.[11] Her directorial debut for Evil Angel was Evil Pink in 2003.[10] She has since created and starred in series including Fetish Fanatic, Dark Meat, No Warning, Odd Jobs, Belladonna's Butthole Whores, Foot Soldiers, Girl Train, Manhandled, Fucking Girls, Evil Pink, Cock Happy and My Ass Is Haunted.[12] Her productions are classed as Gonzo pornography.[10]

She has appeared several times in the reality television series Family Business, which focuses on the life of porn director Adam Glasser a.k.a. "Seymore Butts". In 2004 she was one of a number of porn stars photographed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders for a "coffee table book" on the adult industry, XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits; she also appears in the HBO documentary Thinking XXX about the making of the book.

Media attention from Primetime

Her career in the pornography business was followed for two years by a crew from ABC Television, culminating in a January 2003 interview with Diane Sawyer as part of a Primetime Thursday segment on pornography.[10] At one point in the interview Belladonna broke down in tears.[10] Following its broadcast Belladonna condemned what she described as unfair treatment by Sawyer and the ABC staffers, saying the segment had portrayed her as a victim and that the interview was edited[13] to convey the misleading impression that she had been forced to perform against her will. One topic discussed in the interview was the fact that she had contracted the STD chlamydia.[14] The publicity provided by the interview boosted Belladonna's career.[10]

The interview has since been used by a number of anti-pornography groups to support their case that pornography is exploitative of the women who appear in it; nevertheless, Sinclair remains an active performer in the industry. In later interviews, Sinclair claimed that she had never intended to make "anti-porn" statements, and that Primetime had deliberately taken many of her statements out of context to give the segment a negative slant.[2] In one interview, when she was asked if she was happy how the interview came out, her reply was:

I am not happy about Primetime but I would love to see the whole story air one day so everyone can see how much I had to say that was FOR the porn industry. If you know me you know that I LOVED shooting![2]

ABC contacted her once to do a follow-up to the interview; she refused saying, "No thank you. I don't want to be embarrassed again."[9] Several figures in the porn industry objected to her comments on the program.[2]

Semi-retirement

In August 2007, Sinclair decided to semi-retire from performing with other people over concerns of STDs, specifically herpes. She contracted herpes in 2002 and was worried the disease had spread.[15][16][17]

In a 2007 interview with the Salt Lake City Weekly,[5] Sinclair expressed some regret about aspects of her career in pornography, particularly her early notoriety for performing acts and scenes that many other performers regarded as extreme or taboo. Lamenting the lack of guidance from more experienced actresses, Sinclair described an extended period of clinical depression and heavy marijuana use. Sinclair stressed, however, that she took responsibility for all her decisions and that she was never forced to perform.[citation needed]

However, according to a 2008 post on Sinclair's blog, she has since come out of retirement, and has filmed a number of hardcore scenes.[18] She appeared in Digital Playground's Pirates II, the sequel to their top-selling DVD, Pirates.[19] She has also appeared in James Gunn's PG Porn.

Personal life

She was formerly engaged to fellow porn actor Nacho Vidal.[8] She has a prominent diastema.

On April 11, 2004, she married Aiden Kelly in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1] She has a daughter Myla[20] who was born on January 11, 2005.[21][22]

Her interests include pilates, yoga, gardening, movies, singing, video games, aquariums, cooking, traveling and the outdoors.[10]

Awards

AVN Awards

The AVN Awards are sponsored and presented by the American adult video industry trade magazine AVN (Adult Video News). Belladona has been nominated for 42 AVN Awards, of which she has won 10.

Year Result Award[23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30] Film Co-winners/co-nominees
2009 Won Best All-Girl 3-Way Sex Scene Belladonna's Girl Train Aidan Starr & Kimberly Kane
Won Best Supporting Actress Pirates II
Won Best All-Girls Couples Sex Scene Pirates II Jesse Jane
Nominated Best All-Girls Couples Sex Scene Belladonna's Fucking Girls 6 Lexi Belle
Nominated Best All-Girl 3-Way Sex Scene Pirates II Katsuni & Stoya
Nominated Best Anal Sex Scene Butthole Whores 2 Steve Holmes
Nominated Best Director (Non-Feature) Discovering Alexis Texas
Nominated Best Oral Sex Scene Belladonna's Odd Jobs 3
Nominated Best Threeway Sex Scene Cock Pigs Brianna Love & Mr. Pete
Nominated Best Threeway Sex Scene Pirates II Sasha Grey & Evan Stone
Nominated Director of the Year
Nominated Female Performer of the Year
2008 Won Best Director (Non-Feature) Belladonna: Manhandled 2
Nominated Director of the Year (Body of Work)
Nominated Best All-Girl Sex Scene (Video) Belladonna's Fucking Girls 4 Naomi
Nominated Best Couples Sex Scene (Video) Belladonna: Manhandled 2 Tony T
Nominated Best Group Sex Scene (Video) I Dream of Jenna 2 Jenna Jameson, Nikita Denise, Aurora Snow, Cindy Crawford, Alaura Eden, Courtney & T.T. Boy
Nominated Best Oral Sex Scene (Video) Fashionistas Safado: Berlin
Nominated Best Oral Sex Scene (Video) I Dream of Jenna 2
Nominated Best Solo Sex Scene Butthole Whores
Nominated Most Outrageous Sex Scene Belladonna Fetish Fanatic 5 Claire Adams
2007 Won Best Group Sex Scene (Video) Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge Melissa Lauren, Jenna Haze, Gianna Michaels, Sandra Romain, Adrianna Nicole, Flower Tucci, Sasha Grey, Nicole Sheridan, Marie Luv, Caroline Pierce, Lia Baren, Jewell Marceau, Jean Val Jean, Christian XXX, Voodoo, Chris Charming, Erik Everhard, Mr. Pete & Rocco Siffredi
Nominated Best Actress (Video) Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge
Nominated Director of the Year (Body of Work)
Nominated Best All-Girl Sex Scene (Video) Belladonna: No Warning Chloe Dior
2005 Nominated Best All-Girl Sex Scene (Video) The Connasseur Catalina
Nominated Best All-Girl Sex Scene (Video) Bella Loves Jenna Jenna Jameson
Nominated Best Anal Sex Scene Bella Loves Jenna Nacho Vidal
2004 Won Best Sex Scene Coupling (Video) Back 2 Evil Nacho Vidal
Nominated Female Performer of the Year
Nominated Best Anal Sex Scene (Video) Anal Trainer 4 Manuel Ferrara
Nominated Best Oral Sex Scene (Video) Back 2 Evil Nacho Vidal
Nominated Best Three-Way Sex Scene (Video) Latin Amore Dee & Billy Glide
Nominated Best Three-Way Sex Scene (Video) New Wave Hookers 7 Tyce Bune & Joel Lawrence
Nominated Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production Rocco: Animal Trainer 10 Daniella, Sara & Nacho Vidal
Nominated Most Outrageous Sex Scene She-Male Domination Nation Nacho Vidal & Carol
2003 Won Best Supporting Actress (Film) The Fashionistas
Won Best Tease Performance The Fashionistas
Won Best All-Girl Sex Scene (Film) The Fashionistas Taylor St. Claire
Won Best Oral Sex Scene (Film) The Fashionistas Rocco Siffredi
Nominated Female Performer of the Year
Nominated Best Anal Sex Scene (Video) Up Your Ass 19 Lexington Steele
Nominated Best Oral Sex Scene (Film) The Fashionistas Mark Ashley & Billy Glide

XRCO Awards

The XRCO Awards are given by the X-Rated Critics Organization annually to people working in adult entertainment.

Year Result Award[31] Film Co-winners/co-nominees
2006 Nominated Best Single Performance (Actress) Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge
2004 Nominated Best Sex Scene (Couple) Bella Loves Jenna Nacho Vidal
Nominated Best Girl-Girl Scene Bella Loves Jenna Jenna Jameson
Nominated Orgasmic Oralist
2003 Nominated Female Performer of the Year
Nominated Best Sex Scene (Couple) Back 2 Evil Nacho Vidal
Nominated Orgasmic Oralist
Nominated Orgasmic Analist
2002 Won Performer of the Year (Female)
Won Best Single Performance (Actress) The Fashionistas
Won Orgasmic Analist
Won Best Girl-Girl Scene The Fashionistas Taylor St. Clair

FAME Awards

The Fans of Adult Media and Entertainment Awards (or F.A.M.E) were created in 2006 by Genesis magazine, Adam & Eve Sex Toys, WantedList.com and AVN as a means for the public to vote for their favorites.

Year Result Award[32][33][34]
2008 Nominated Favorite Female Performer
Nominated Favorite Ass
Nominated Favorite Director
2007 Won Dirtiest Girl in Porn
Nominated Favorite Female Starlet
Nominated Favorite Anal Starlet
Nominated Favorite Ass
2006 Nominated Favorite Butt
Nominated Favorite Adult Actress

Ninfa Prize

Ninfa Prizes are awarded at the annual Spanish pornographic film festival, the Festival Internacional de Cine Erótico de Barcelona.

Year Result Award[35] Film Co-winners/co-nominees
2003 Won Best Actress The Fashionistas

References

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