Victoria Paris, a ’90s porn star popular for her X-rated film roles, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. The 60-year-old was inducted into the Adult Video News Hall of Fame in 1997 and filmed over 100 X-rated porno flicks.

Paris was born under the name Sheila Young before entering the adult film industry. She grew up in Great Falls, Montana, and studied nutrition at Montana State University before stripping down in Los Angeles. Victoria Paris worked all sorts of odd jobs around Hollywood before getting her big break.

Paris was a part-time secretary, mud wrestler, and even a nude model before she shot her first X-rated film. Her career took off when she acted in the 1988 film Girls of Double D 7. Then, she earned her first starring role in the 1989 film Live In, Love In, a porn parody of the hit TV series Three’s Company. She filmed the XXX title with her husband at the time, Robert Bullock.

Victoria Paris dead at 60. The 90's porn star passed away last Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.
Victoria Paris dead at 60. The ’90s porn star passed away last Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. Photo Credit: Twitter

Victoria Paris won several awards for her performances throughout the ’90s, including two awards in 1991. She won “Best All-Girl Sex Scene – Video” for her role in The New Barbarians, and “Best Couple Sec Scene – Video” for Beauty and the Beast 2. In 1992, she took home the “Best Girl/Girl Scene” from X-Rates Critics Organization for Snatched to the Future.

Though she may not have won huge awards for the performances, Victoria Paris is also known for starring in John Leslie’s The Chameleon, Jim Enright’s Bimbo Bowlers From Buffalo, and the 1989 classic, The Adventures of Buttman. She also starred in Sorority Sex Kittens, directed by Jim Holliday, and Andrew Blake’s Night Trips.

After rocketing to fame in the late 1980s, Paris tied for AVN’s Best New Starlet award in 1990, alongside Tori Welles. It was the only draw in the prize’s long history. It was seven years later that Victoria Paris earned her place in the AVN Hall of Fame.

“Victoria was the star of the very first movie I wrote, Fantasy Nights, in 1990,” fellow AVN Hall of Famer Axel Braun recalled of Paris. “My father produced it, Henri Pachard directed it, Alex DeRenzy was the director of photography, and it featured the top performers of that era, so it was kind of a big deal.”

He explained that it was “an even bigger deal for me since it was not only my first time in the U.S., but also my first time on a porn set, and it’s on that very set that I was able to show off enough camera skills to convince my dad that I should be shooting all his movies … so obviously my memories of that production are very fond.”

“I wrote the lead specifically for her,” he admitted. “She was very classy and had an aura of innocence that fits perfectly with the story I wanted to tell. When I first met her at the table reading she told me that, just like myself, she didn’t smoke, drink or do drugs, which was very unusual for the times, and I immediately noticed that she was extremely professional, personable, and meticulously prepared, which is something that definitely helped make that production smooth and pleasant.”

Braun said he “bumped into her several times over the years at the Cannes Film Festival because she loved to travel and she enjoyed the finest things in life. And from my experience with her, she was one.”

How did Victoria Paris die? The 1997 AVN Hall of Famer passed away last Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.
How did Victoria Paris die? The 1997 AVN Hall of Famer passed away last Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. Photo Credit: Twitter

Victoria Paris made it into several more blockbuster XXX films such as Ghostlusters, The New Barbarian, and Sorority Sex Kittens 3. Written on her IMDB biography, it says that Victoria Paris “built on her stardom quickly and appeared in an ever-growing number of extremely popular productions, further solidifying her reputation and becoming one of the industry’s biggest stars ever. In recent years she had focused more on the dance circuit. But on occasion, she would do a film with her friend Ashlyn Gere (aka Ashlyn Gere) to keep her name in the public eye.”

Paris was also reportedly concerned about the AIDS scare during her film career, which was a big inspiration for “her decision to do only girl-girl work on films.” It also said on Paris’ IMDB that she practiced kickboxing.

Many fans of the porn star paid tribute on Twitter, posting photos of their favorite XXX film posters and other memorable moments from her career. Paris, who died of cancer, will be missed by thousands of fans worldwide.