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Citadel Press, Dec 27, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 253 pages
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Linda Lovelace became a household name in 1972, when Deep Throat--a film made for only $25.000--became the first pornographic movie ever to cross over to mainstream audiences, to the tune of $600 million and counting. Despite being the face that launched the film's phenomenal success, behind the scenes Linda was suffering unspeakable torture and abuse at the hands of her husband, Chuck Traynor, and she never earned a dollar from the film's huge success. A harrowing tale of the pursuit of happiness and the will to survive amid years of horrific abuse, Ordeal reveals the dark reality behind Deep Throat, and its star's tragic, yet ultimately triumphant, life.

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RIP Linda Boreman. Your book has changed my thoughts of the adult industry as a young person. I wasn't born when deep throat was at its best but I am so happy that you decided to come out withthis book. I agree that sex should be a sacred thing between people who really want to share each other and not throw it away for the world to see. There are truly monsters out there and I totally believe you when you said there is a little bit of Chuck Traynor in every pervert. Your words will live forever and your story has touched my heart in one of the most special of ways. God was always there with you and your story is an inspiration for all those broken women who have no idea of the power that they hold. Love You! 


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About the author (2005)

Linda Lovelace was born Linda Susan Boreman in The Bronx, New York. After Deep Throat's huge success, she appeared in Playboy, Bachelor, and even Esquire. However, Lovelace soon joined in with the feminist movement led by Andrea Dworkin and Catherine MacKinnon, and testified against pornography before the 1986 U.S. Congress Messe Commission on Pornography. She died in 2002 in a car accident in Denver, Colorado.

Mike McGrady was born in New York City on October 4, 1933. He received a bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1968 and studied at Harvard University as a Nieman fellow in 1969. He worked for Newsday, where he covered the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War and later became a film and restaurant critic. His series of columns from the front, A Dove in Vietnam, won an Overseas Press Club Award in 1967 and was published as a book. He along with 25 other Newsday journalists wrote the book Naked Came the Stranger. His other books include two as-told-to memoirs by the pornographic film actress Linda Lovelace, Ordeal and Out of Bondage, and an instructional manual, Stranger Than Naked: Or, How to Write Dirty Books for Fun and Profit. He died from pneumonia on May 13, 2012 at the age of 78.

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