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Karen Dior
Birthdate February 14, 1967(1967-02-14)
Birth location Missouri, U.S.
Birth name Geoffrey Gann
Date of death August 25, 2004 (aged 37)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Eye colour Brown
Hair colour Auburn
Ethnicity White
Alias(es) Geoffrey Karen Dior
Geoffrey Gann
Geoff Gann
Ricky Van
Rick Van
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Karen Dior (February 14, 1967 – August 25, 2004) was an American transgender adult film performer, director, singer. He was best known as a pioneer in popularizing adult films involving transsexual people.


Life and career

Born Geoffrey Gann in Missouri, Dior moved to Los Angeles at the age of 21 and began working in a beauty salon and performing in drag shows in West Hollywood bars. In 1989, he began appearing in bisexual and transsexual adult films.[1] He performed in approximately 120 adult films, most of them under the Dior name. He also performed under the names Geoff Dior, Rick Van, Geoffrey Karen Dior, Geoffrey Gann, and Geoff Gann.

In the 1990s, Dior transitioned into mainstream film and television roles. His first mainstream role was as Loni Anderson's stalker in the 1992 TV movie The Price She Paid. Other mainstream work included guest appearances in on the television series Xena: Warrior Princess, Head Over Heels, and Veronica's Closet.

Later years and death

Dior contracted AIDS in 1995 and later worked as an AIDS activist.[1][2] After leaving the adult film industry, Dior worked as writer and released his autobiography, Sleeping Under the Stars, in 2001. That same year, he released an album (under the name Geoffrey Karen Dior) S E X, and was a member of two bands, the Johnny Depp Clones and Goddess.[3] He also earned a Ph.D. in philosophy in religion and became an ordained minister.[2]

On August 25, 2004, Dior died of hepatitis.[4]

Selected filmography


  • Single White Shemale (1992)
  • Mystery Date (1992)
  • A River Made to Drown In (1997)
  • Xena: Warrior Princess (1 episode, 1997)
  • Head Over Heels (1 episode, 1997)
  • Veronica's Closet (1 episode, 1998)
  • Zigs (2001)


  • Genderella (1998)
  • Playing the Odds (1998)
  • Getting Personal (1999)
  • Bi Athletes (2000)
  • Bi-Dazzled (2001)
  • Leather Temptation (2002)


  • Sleeping Under the Stars (2001) ISBN 0-970-69560-8


  1. ^ a b Ebner, Mark; Cheevers, Jack (2006-03-23). "The Bagman". Retrieved 2008-12-27.  
  2. ^ a b Kay, Kerwin; Nagle, Jill; Gould, Baruch (2000). Male Lust : Pleasure, Power, and Transformation. Routledge. pp. 343. ISBN 1-560-23981-6.  
  3. ^ Corliss, Richard (2005-01-19). "The Long Goodbye II". Time.,9565,1018821-3,00.html. Retrieved 2008-12-27.  
  4. ^ White, Rusty (2004-08-01). "Immortalized in Film: August 2004 Film World Obituaries". Retrieved 2008-12-27.  

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