For every retired pornstar a dozen of new starlets are ready and eager to take their place. Some adult film stars manage to build up a huge following and leave a lasting impression, while others might be forgotten the day they announce their retirement. It’s not always clear when retired pornstars have left the adult silver screen for good. Some female talents retire only to make a comeback few months or years down the line. This usually happens during more than a couple occasions before they officially call it quits permanently.
It’s not easy having to wave goodbye to all that easy money and continue with an average paying 9 to 5 job. That’s the main reason why you’ll find that many ex-pornstars either become high priced companions or cam models to maintain the lifestyle they’re accustomed to. We here at Pornstars4Escort went back in time and decided to create a Top-10 retired pornstars list of which we believe have left a void that yet has to be filled. These former pornstars all have in common that they had a firm grip on the adult industry while they were active.
They were adored and loved by millions of fans and it truly hurt us when they stopped performing explicit hardcore pornography. If you ask us they still have the looks and popularity to be a success in the adult scene, but a comeback would be a little bit too far-fetched. The following ten pornstars retired because they no longer have to perform and we can only respect their decision.
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Meet the 10 Legendary Retired Pornstars
We’re kicking this list off with porn legend and Long Beach, California native Houston. This retired adult film star is best known for her Gang Bang movies. Back in 1999 she reportedly had sex with over 620 men without any interruption. Now if that’s not an impressive feat, we don’t know what is! This veteran made her debut in 1995 and starred in about 75 adult films with one comeback scene for Brazzers few years ago in 2012. These days Houston has no plans of making yet another comeback but she does still do cam shows every now and then to stay in touch with her fans.
#9 Jill Kelly
The ninth spot on this list goes to none other than Jill Kelly. This ex-pornstar was active in the adult industry from 1993 to 2006 and starred in more than 500 films. We did however not forget about this AVN Hall of Fame inductee. Jill Kelly was already making waves when people were still buying VHS tapes, an era when adult performers were still considered true “stars”. She’s an example to all ex-pornstars out there of how to age perfectly. As of today Jill Kelly transformed into a versatile cam model with regular broadcasts and shows no signs of slowing down yet.
#8 Gina Lynn
From Eminem, Vince Neil and Robert De Niro to the late James Gandolfini, they all had a soft spot for Gina Lynn. This former Penthouse Pet and pornstar retired in 2012 after a career that spanned 13 years. Her juicy scenes for the likes of Jules Jordan Video, Brazzers and Digital Playground will never be forgotten. These days Gina Lynn can still be found performing live cam shows to offer a bit of consolation to her fans as she has left behind the industry for good. We definitely consider this ex-pornstar one of the greatest adult entertainers that have ever lived.
#7 Sunny Leone
If there is a former porn star that showed that there definitely is life after porn, then it’s Indian actress Sunny Leone. While most retired pornstars have difficulties adapting to life, Sunny Leone’s career only flourished. After departing from the adult industry she went on to become a major successful mainstream Bollywood actress and TV-personality in India. Although she only appeared in around 50 adult films before retiring in 2013, we believe she deserves a spot since she showed that crossover success can be achieved regardless of the label many tend to put on those with a history in porn.
#6 Tera Patrick
Oriental goddess Tera Patrick had the Asian porn niche on lock for many years and was featured on the cover of countless notable magazines. From Penthouse, Playboy, Maxim and Hustler to FHM, Tera never had a shortage of coverage whether it was the adult or mainstream industry. Her career in adult films started in 1999 and lasted until 2008. This didn’t stop her however from producing exclusive content for her website where she still does some solo and girl-girl stuff years after her retirement. As of today she’s a proud mom, writer and a part-time cam model to please her fans.
#5 Shyla Stylez
This list of course wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of legendary Canadian performer Shyla Stylez. As an absolute fan favorite she always had the support of her fans that just couldn’t get enough of her passionate and juicy scenes. This former pornstar was known for her tiny 5’3 frame and busty 36DD breasts. From 2001 until the day she retired a few years ago she starred in almost 450 films fulfilling practically every on-scene fantasy her fan base could imagine. She surely will be missed as we don’t see anyone who could step into her footsteps just quite yet. In 2016 she deservedly so got inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame.
#4 Jenna Jameson
Former porn star Jenna Jameson doesn’t need any further introduction. She’s by far the most successful pornstar that has ever lived. From forming her own production company ClubJenna to releasing bestsellers such as “How To Make Love Like a Porn Star”, Jenna Jameson always was an entrepreneur that meant business! She officially departed from the adult industry in 2008, but she will always be seen as one of the retired porn stars that revolutionized the adult industry. Like most former porn stars on this list she still does perform live cam shows occasionally. Porn Queen Jenna recently could be seen in the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother.
#3 Sasha Grey
Ex-pornstar Sasha Grey made her adult film debut in 2006 and she went on to star in over 300 films before calling it a day in 2011 via an announcement on her Facebook account. Her kinky scenes were never short of extreme activity. There is very little this retired pornstar hasn’t done on film. She will definitely be remembered among the greats that have ever done it. After her retirement she went on to become a mainstream actress, model, musician and author showing that she has so more to offer than just porn.
#2 Gianna Michaels
All natural babe Gianna Michael’s first job ironically was at a hamburger joint called “Dick’s Drive-In”. It didn’t take long after that before she made her mark in the adult industry as one of the freakiest former porn stars that ever graced the adult silver screen. Her on-scene passion has yet to be matched, there aren’t many adult film stars around that had so much fun on set like she did. Since 2010 she no longer shoots boy/girl scenes and produces exclusive content only for her website. Therefore we consider her status to be retired. These days she spends the majority of her time feature dancing, hosting club events and occasionally doing live cam shows.
#1 Lisa Ann
Despite leaving the adult industry about a year ago Lisa Ann still is on top of every chart out there. For this reason alone we chose to give this unforgettable MILF the #1 spot on our retired porn stars list as it’s clear we lost a precious jewel. With more than 500 adult film credits she truly is a legend and it will take years if not decades before we’re able to move on after her retirement announcement. This former pornstar and AVN Hall of Fame member spends the majority of her time these days at Sirius XM’s Fantasy Sports Radio where she can be heard discussing the latest affairs.
Besides the above mentioned top-10 there of course are a lot more notable former porn actresses that also said farewell to the industry. The following pornstars retired as well and no longer produce any new films:
Jenna Presley, Alanah Rae, Abella Anderson, Raylene, Vanessa Blue, Paige Turnah, Capri Cavanni, Jenna Haze, Cherokee D’Ass, Velicity Von, Daisy Marie, Priya Rai, Dylan Ryder, Jessie Rogers, Nicole Graves, Nikki Sexx, Teagan Presley, Katsuni, Mischa Brooks, Ava Taylor, Capri Anderson, Lou Charmelle, Jada Fire, Nyomi Banxxx, Isis Taylor, Janine Lindemulder, Tanner Mayes, Alia Janine, Krystal Steal, Holly Michaels, Bree Olson, Trina Michaels, Ayana Angel, Amber Lynn Bach, Lily Carter, Siri, Krystal Steal, Flower Tucci, Alexis Amore and Ashlynn Brooke.
Remy LaCroix, Kortney Kane, Alexis Ford, Kristal Summers, Natasha Nice, Dayna Vendetta, Monique Fuentes, Alicia Rhodes, Little Caprice, Riley Mason, Rebeca Linares, Havana Ginger, Lacey Duvalle, Nessa Devil, Emma Mae, Persia Pele, Luscious Lopez, Alexis May, Angie George, Alexis Silver, Jenaveve Jolie, Kiara Mia, Rita Faltoyano, Jasmin St. Claire, Sandra Romain, Jaylene Rio, Houston, Madelyn Marie, Sienna West, Melissa Lauren, Danielle Derek, Kelly Starr, Angel Dark, Daphne Rosen, Amy Ried, Carmella Bing, Bella Moretti, Belladonna and Christy Mack.
We hope you enjoyed our overview with some of the most legendary retired pornstars. This list originally included Eva Angelina and Briana Banks, but both made a comeback recently. Hopefully many others will follow their lead. Make sure to also flip through our other selections: