Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Juliet "Aunt Peg" Anderson (1938 - 2010) -- Presente

She was one of the original MILF's even before the term was ever popular.

She was one of the most prolific performers of the late 70's and early 80's.

And, as the world knows, she was the one who essentially launched Nina Hartley's career by producing and directing Educating Nina back in 1984.

Unfortunately, Juliet Anderson (aka Aunt Peg) is now no longer with us.

Here's a memorial courtesy of AVN.com:

Juliet 'Aunt Peg' Anderson Dead at Age 71

The legendary star appeared in 84 movies, directed three

BERKELEY—The body of Juliet Carr, better known by her adult career name Juliet Anderson, and even more frequently recognized as one of the characters she portrayed, "Aunt Peg," was discovered this morning in her residence in Berkeley by a friend. The cause of death is not yet known, but the actress suffered for many years with Crohn's disease, which had only recently been diagnosed, though she had suffered from it for most of her life.

"I found her in her bed," said her friend Kevin Fong, who became close to the actress over the last 18 months. "She looked like she was just asleep. There were no empty pill bottles, nothing out of the ordinary. There wasn't any alcohol; her wrists weren't slit; nothing."

Fong had arrived to take the former actress to a doctor's appointment for a colonoscopy that morning to help in the treatment of her Crohn's.

"She had chronic Crohn's disease, and you can only control so much of that with diet," Fong said. "She was a health nut, she was in great shape, and this was a total shock. ... In her case, it was congenital; she had it since she was a little kid, and it stopped her from even going to regular school as a child. it's something she had forever, probably all her life."

Carr's adult career was unusual, to say the least. Born in Burbank in 1938, the diminuitive blonde began acting in adult at the age of 39, when, as an employee at an advertising and engineering firm, she was discovered by famed director Alex DeRenzy, who cast her in his 1978 blockbuster hit Pretty Peaches. Her career took off quickly, and she performed in more than 80 movies over the following 10 years.

Her best-known role, however, was as "Aunt Peg," her character in the movie of the same name. "Aunt Peg" was a Hollywood agent who had an unusual method of choosing her clients and of getting them work, as displayed in Aunt Peg Goes Hollywood and Aunt Peg's Fulfillment. She also appeared in such top hits as Tangerine, Vista Valley PTA, Dixie Ray Hollywood Star, Outlaw Ladies, Taboo 1 & 2, Hustler Video Magazine 1, and in half of the first 24 volumes of the Swedish Erotica series.

Carr also took credit for discovering world-famous star Nina Hartley, having cast her in 1984 in Educating Nina, which Carr directed. However, when she was unable to find distribution for the movie, which she had financed herself, she quit the industry altogether.

"It was a huge undertaking with a strong story, talented actors and superb production values," Carr wrote. "However, this gem was a financial and emotional disaster for me. As the first woman producer of X-rated films, the men who ran that industry were intimidated by me and retaliated by never releasing Educating Nina.  Devastated, I quit the adult entertainment industry."

"This is really sad news," reflected Hartley. "Juliet did put me in the movies all those years ago and was a mentor for several years. I saw her in November up in Berkeley when I did a personal appearance there. She was in fine health; she was happy. We took a couple of pictures together, she flashed her boobs—they were still lovely—and since it has to happen to all of us, I'm grateful that it seemed to happen peacefully without other incident."

"She was the original cougar before 'cougar' was hot," Hartley added.

Carr's life was, for want of a better term, eclectic. According to her website, she followed her American lover to Japan in 1960, married him briefly, became fluent in the Japanese language and even attended the university there. In 1965, she lived in Mexico City and taught English to IBM executives there, and two years later did similar teaching in Athens, Greece. In 1971, she was a "top-ranking" radio producer in Finland, creating programs in English about Finland. Between those jobs, she worked as a secretary to a nudie film producer, an Avis Rent-A-Car employee, a cocktail waitress, a fashion model and a receptionist for the home offices of Burger King, all in Miami, Fla. Later, she managed a bed-and-breakfast in Northern California, and eventually became a massage therapist, a profession which she practiced until her death.

In 1996, Carr, already an AVN Hall of Famer, was inducted into the Legends of Erotica Hall of Fame; the XRCO Hall of Fame in 1999; and she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Free Speech Coalition in 2001. She also received an honorary Doctor of the Arts degree from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in 2007.

"She was just a wonderful woman," recalled director Wesley Emerson. "She started late in the industry, and I interviewed her about a month ago because several of her films are about to be rereleased in France—Coed Fever, Inside Desiree Cousteau and Talk Dirty To Me—and they wanted some commentaries from different people. I also talked to her about how she got started in the eight-millimeter business. She was one of the big stars of the Swedish Erotica series, and she worked with practically everybody. We talked about how she got started and all the things she did in the industry. She was talking about that film she did about older couples having sex [Ageless Desire, 1998]. I had worked with her many years ago on a film I don't remember the name of; it was one of those one-day wonders that you shot in 35mm in those days, and she was great, she was just an amazing person. She was always there on time, always ready with her lines, and I thought she was just a wonderful person."

"I heard on the grapevine about a hot new 'older' woman in the biz and was soon in her apartment interviewing her," remembered photographer Paul Johnson. "Her name was Judy Carr, later to become Juliet Anderson. We did a great shoot in a hot tub and patio that became the Connoisseur Series mag The First Time. [Juliet] was my sexy assistant the last few years I worked in the biz. Juliet had a great eye and after I taught her to use a Hasselblad she did great work when I was modeling POVs or fill-ins. I joked with Juliet that she could learn to use a Hasselblad but never could learn to flick a Bic. When Juliet and I worked together we would say that we will always be friends, seems to be true, we had breakfast together 3 weeks before her death."

"Juliet was a great assistant," he continued. "She had a great eye for dressing the set, did make-up when needed, and could crack the whip to keep the rest of us moving. And sometimes when a male was having trouble keeping it up, Juliet would lend a hand or whatever it took. Away from the biz I probably spent more time with her than anyone else."

"She was very health-conscious," Emerson noted. "When I saw her last month, her body was still pretty doggone toned and healthy."

"She was doing an essential kind of massage," said another acquaintance. "She had an amazing touch with her fingers; it would melt you. If she would just run her nails down your arm, it felt great."

"Her mom is still alive, and she spent Thanksgiving and Christmas with her mom and her family," Fong noted.

"Juliet and I talked, just in passing, about what she would want done if she died," Fong said. "She said she wanted to be cremated, and I've talked to her family a little bit, and we talked about donations to the Humane Society in lieu of flowers or any of that."

Check back to this site for information about any planned memorial services when they are announced.

A gallery of Juliet Anderson photos can be found here.
 I'm sure that Nina will have plenty more to say about Juliet's passing soon enough. Watch her journal and forum for details.

Rest in peace, Aunt Peg....you've earned it.


  1. Rest In Peace Juliet. You were a great friend.
    I can't believe she's gone. She just sent me an email.
    Here's a segment of a very sweet email that she'd sent me...such a compassionate woman.
    "Hello Denise,

    I want to comment on your letter, if I haven't already. Oh yes, I can well relate to your feeling uncomfortable because of being condemned about having been a stripper and now a painter. I have had similar experiences. I also isolate myself too much at home. When I do go out it is usually alone to a concert, the theater or a movie. If I join a group, in advance I have to be in a "screw-you-you-narrow-minded-folks" because I know that if I reveal what I did and do I will be condemned and given the cold shoulder. But I always act proud and elated. So we have something else in common.
    ... See More
    I recently re-wrote my autobiography and when I read it I was amazed that "this woman has done so many things". I will send you a copy along with one on How I Got Into X-rated Films. The slump in the economy has really affected me. I have very few clients and I'm wondering how to pay my bills. If I could figure out how to advertise "Have an Erotic Encounter With Juliet Anderson" and not get arrested, I could make a fortune......with us BOTH having fun.(wink)

    More later.

    Her Dad was trumpet player for The Pinky Tomlin Orchestra who wrote that famous song "The Object of My Affection" which some of you might remember from TV's OUR GANG Little Rascals series.

    The very last time I saw Juliet was this past June in Berkeley. I'd gone to her apartment the day actually that Michael Jackson had died...and what went on in that apt was both intimate and very very comical. Later, we dined at some lovely local restaurant on pasta and sang a song together the song Sentimental Journey.(She had an excellent singing voice)
    Needless to say, that song will from hereon in resonnate beyond thoughts of Doris Day.
    Thank you Juliet for all you have shared and contributed to this world. your Life shall be forever remembered and celebrated.
    Bless you blueberry-eyed angel.

    Love & Deep respect,
    Your friend,
    Denise LaFrance the painter,
    Toronto, Canada

  2. Wow, sorry to hear about this. With Marilyn Chambers passing just last year, its like the passing of an era.

    Juliet Anderson was somebody who's contribution goes way beyond her performances. She and Annette Haven were certainly exemplars of "sex-positive feminism" before there was such a term. And just a couple of years short of the porn industry being able to accept a woman like her anywhere except in front of the camera, judging by the problems she had with Educating Nina. But so fitting that that was what launched Nina Hartley's career.

    Nina Hartley gives her memorial over on her journal here. Interestingly, a Google News search shows the mainstream media is giving this zero coverage as of this writing, unlike the inordinate amount of attention to the "suspicious" death of Marilyn Chambers. (As of this writing, only AVN and Femina.hu, a Hungarian "The Frisky" style site, are giving her passing any coverage.)

  3. Obviously, this one is particularly personal for us, and very sad. Just as Marilyn was instrumental in bringing me into the business, Juliet was an indespensible friend to Nina when the world was new.

    We saw her at her book signing here in L.A. last year. She looked great and was in high spirits, full of humor and mischief as always.

    Her sudden passing is both a shock and a loss.

    There have been far too many posts of this kind in the last twelve months. I hope we see fewer in the year to come, though I understand that the pioneer generation of legal pornography, which has been around for three decades, is subject to the natural processes of mortality like any other.

    We honor them best by remembering them and their work and trying to live up to the standards they set.

  4. I only just read about this, but 80s porn star Erica Boyer died a few weeks ago, after being fatally struck by a car:


    And, yep, there has been too many passings of former porn performers (not to mention creative talent) from back in the day over the last year.

  5. I only just read about this, but 80s porn star Erica Boyer died a few weeks ago, after being fatally struck by a car:


    And, yep, there has been too many passings of former porn performers (not to mention creative talent) from back in the day over the last year.