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Christy Canyon

Also known as: Christie Canyon, Cristy Canyon, Deedee, Linda Daniel, Missy, Sara Wine, Tara Wine
Born: June 17, 1966 (1966-06-17) (age 51)
Pasadena, California, USA
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Nationality: American, Armenian
Measurements: 36E-25-36
Bra/cup size: 36E (80E)
Boobs: Natural
Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight: 130 lb (59 kg)
Body type: Average
Eye color: Brown
Hair: Brunette
Long, Curly
Pubic hair: Full
Shown: Topless, Bush, Full frontal
Solo: Masturbation
Lesbian: Softcore
Boy/girl: Blowjob, Vaginal, Anal
Special: Watersports
Personal pages

Official website

Blogs: Twitter
Communities: MySpace

Christy Canyon (born Melissa Bardizbanian on June 17, 1966 in Pasadena, California, USA) is an American porn star.

Early years

Born to an Armenian-American father and an Italian-American mother, Canyon grew up in California's San Fernando Valley.

Christy's sister recalled,

"When Christy was in second grade, she coerced all these girls into drawing their own Playboy [style] magazines to sell to all the boys. And because she was the ringleader, she got sent down to the principal's office."[1]

She got kicked out of Providence High School, later graduating from North Hollywood High. Christy holds an associate's degree in merchandise marketing.

She has been married and divorced three times: to Tom Sinopoli (1993-1994), Jeremy Stone (1996-1999), and Grant (2003-2006).


From 1984 to 1997, Canyon appeared in over 200 porno films. She has won several "best female performance" awards and is a member of the XRCO Hall of Fame.

Upon entering the adult film industry in 1984, Canyon quickly became a sensation with both performers and viewers alike, quickly rising to become one of the most well-known porn stars of the 1980's. Canyon is best known for her natural beauty, large natural breasts, voluptuous body, and significant amount of dark brown pubic hair.

Canyon primarily engaged in standard adult fare consisting of vaginal intercourse, oral sex, lesbian encounters, and small party group sex during her career.

She came on the scene at about the same time as Traci Lords, and the two of them almost immediately challenged reigning porn queen Ginger Lynn Allen for the top position in the business. By 1987 Traci was gone, having left the industry, and Christy was establishing herself as the #1 fan draw.

The Canyon Video era

Following the Traci Lords fiasco, Christy took a three-year break from the industry and explored other personal interests. In 1989, Christy returned to porn, but exclusively for her own company, Canyon Video, which produced such titles as I Dream of Christy, and The Coming of Christy among others. With Canyon Video, Christy called her own shots, earning generous royalties from video sales, as well as personally choosing the actors and actresses she most wanted to work with.

It was also during the Canyon Video era that Christy cultivated a taste for well-endowed male pornstars, and subsequently worked only with extremely well hung male stars.

Signing with Vivid Video

After a year with Canyon Video, Christy signed with Vivid Video following a very lucrative offer, reportedly one of the most generous contracts at that time, and quickly became even more popular under the Vivid brand, appearing in such titles as Twisted (with T.T. Boy), A Portrait of Christy, Christy in the Wild, the award-winning On Trial 2, and Bardot.

Second retirement and dancing

Christy left the industry again after a few years and began exploring the world of exotic dancing. According to her autobiography, she immensely enjoyed the opportunities of exotic dancing, which continued for just over a year. She also revealed in her book that she engaged in a number of one night stands with various men she found attractive while on the road.

It was during this time where Christy met Tom Sinopoli, whom she later married.

Returning to Vivid

Following this period, Christy returned to Vivid as a contract girl, making films in order to become even more of a draw in the dance circuit. Shortly afterwards, she divorced Sinopoli.

Upon this return to porn in the mid-1990s, Christy found that the male porn talent pool had dramatically expanded during the year of her dancing hiatus, with many young, handsome, and chiseled porn actors who were not in the industry during Christy's previous stints, becoming quite vocal about wanting to work with the legend. Naturally, she quickly sought out and selected only the more attractive and well-endowed porn actors to work with (most of which she had offscreen flings with), and went on to star in several highly successful films for Vivid such as Comeback (Canyon's comeback film), Sex Secrets of a Mistress, and the Domination Nation series.

In a recent interview on Taylor Wane's radio show, Christy revealed that although she had to engage in "safe sex" on camera with all of her male co-stars during her time with Vivid in the mid 1990's as a result of Vivid's then-"Condom Only" policy, having protected sex wasn't really something she particularly practiced in her private life, and that she preferred having unprotected sex with every one of her male co-stars off camera.

Final retirement

In the summer of 1996, Christy retired from both the industry for the final time at the age of 31. Soon after, she resumed dancing in the feature dancing circuit and enjoyed tremendous success.

Within a few years, she married adult video magazine editor Jeremy Stone. Canyon continued to dance, and after only a couple of years with Stone, their divorce was finalized as well in 1999. It was around this time where she became reacquainted with a man named Grant, a friend during her high school years. The two dated for years, and finally got married in 2002 after her retirement from the dancing circuit. Christy stayed in touch with her fans through appearances at porn conventions, eBay auctions, and her website,

In 2003, Canyon published her autobiography, Lights, Camera, Sex!, and later participated as a judge on Jenna Jameson's American Sex Star show.

Canyon also appeared on Playboy Television as an occasional co-host for such shows as Night Calls. Currently, she is working as a host with Ginger Lynn Allen for Playboy Radio, as well as writing a sequel to her first autobiography, tentatively titled, Danger, Curves Ahead.


  • Is of Armenian and Italian heritage.
  • Has had three different stints in adult movies. The first September 1984-March 1985, the second June 1989-December 1992 and the third (and final) February 1995-June 1996.
  • Christy Canyon has dated mainstream celebrities such as Robin Williams, Max Baer, Jr., directors John Frankenheimer and Adam Rifkin.
  • Her name often appears in the 'thank you' list in albums by Mocean Worker.
  • Christy Canyon is best friends with fellow porn actress Victoria Paris, hosted her wedding, and served as her maid of honor.
  • During the July 31, 2006 edition of WWE RAW, she is mentioned as a friend of Mick Foley.
  • Christy's name is mentioned in the song, "Heaven Is" by OMD. The lyric is as following: "Heaven is Christy Canyon, falling in love with me!"
  • Went to elementary school and high school with Adam Carolla. He asked her out on a date and she accepted, but she never showed up.
  • Stated that although she had to engage in "safe sex" on-camera with male co-stars during her time with Vivid as a result of Vivid`s "Condom Only" policy, Canyon prefers having unprotected sex, and has had sex with all of her male co-stars off camera without condoms.
  • Is known for being a 'Size Queen'. Has commented that both penis length and width are “very important.” “Hey—I’m not a virgin anymore!” Minimum acceptable length: seven inches; ideal length: seven to eight inches.
  • Revealed on her Twitter page that she has had sex off-screen with Lexington Steele. Whose penis reportedly measures in at 9.5 inches.


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Christy Canyon from <protect>Pornstar Legends</protect>


  • 1991: F.O.X.E. Award - Female Fan Favorite
  • 1992: F.O.X.E. Award - Female Fan Favorite
  • 1996: AVN Award - Best Tease Performance
  • 1997: AVN Award - Best Group Scene (Film)

Selected filmography

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Title Released Company Director Starring Notes
Famous Ta Tas.jpg Famous Ta Ta's 1986 Essex Video / Electric Hollywood
(SKU: 272230)
Christy Canyon, Colleen Brennan, Angelique Pettyjohn, Holly McCall, Honey Wilder, Kitten Natividad, Lee Caroll, Mona Page, Rachel Ashley, Sue Nero 2 of 3 in series
More Famous Ta Tas.jpg More Famous Ta Ta's 1987 VCA Christy Canyon, Colleen Brennan, Erica Boyer, Shanna McCullough, Desiree Cousteau 3 of 3 in series
Attack of the Monster Mammaries.jpg Attack of the Monster Mammaries 1987 LA Video Candy Samples, Christy Canyon, Cyndee Summers, Morgan Lane, Renee Summers, Summer Rose, Tracey Adams and Trinity Loren
Banned Natural Edition.jpg Banned Natural Edition
Banned! Natural Edition
2004 Vivid Cassandra, Christy Canyon, Felicia Fox, Holly Hollywood, Malezia, Melissa Hill, Sunrise Adams, Taylor St. Claire, Tina Tyler, Venus, Alex Foxe, Ann Marie, Scotti Andrews. Compilation
XXX Bra Busters In The 1980's .jpg XXX Bra Busters In The 1980's 2005 Alpha Blue Archives Christy Canyon, Laura Sands, Ron Jeremy, Linda Shaw, Tina Marie, Mona Page, Lisa Melendez, Barbara Alton and Cheri Delight
Top Ten Natural Busty Porn Stars Of All Time.jpg Top Ten Natural Busty Porn Stars of All Time 2005 Big Top Video Annie Sprinkle, Barbara Alton, Betty Boobs, Christy Canyon, Danni Ashe, Kelly Stewart, Lisa De Leeuw, Susan Nero, Uschi Digart, Devon Daniels, Roberta Pedon
Good The Bad The D Cup.jpg Good The Bad The D Cup 2012 Gourmet Video Christy Canyon, Bunny Bleu, Trinity Loren, Lisa De Leeuw, Lana Burner and Jacquelin Lorains
  • 10 Questions: Christy Canyon (Adam & Eve) (1991)
  • 4-Way Fuckfest (Erotic Impulse)
  • Adult Video News Awards) (1991 (VCA) (1991)
  • Adult Video News Awards) (1992 (VCA) (1992)
  • Adult Video News Awards) (1996 (VCA Plus) (1996)
  • Attack of the Monster Mammaries (LA Video) (1987)
  • Award Winning Sex Scenes (Vivid) (2000)
  • Babes Boobs And Bikes (Infinity) (1996)
  • Baby Blues (Vivid) (2001) (View details)
  • Back To Class (Dreamland) (1987)
  • Bardot (Vivid) (1992)
  • Battle of The Stars 1 (Now Showing) (1985)
  • Battle of The Titans (Hollywood) (2002)
  • Beat Goes On (VCR) (1987)
  • Best of Big Busty (Big Top) (1986) (View details)
  • Best of Hot Shorts 1 (VCR) (1985)
  • Best of the Vivid Girls 30 (Vivid) (2000)
  • Between My Breasts 1 (Big Top) (1984)
  • Big Busty 10 (Big Top) (1986) (View details)
  • Big Melons 12 (CDI) (1987)
  • Big Melons 13 (CDI) (1988)
  • Big Melons 3 (CDI) (1985)
  • Big Melons 5 (CDI) (1985)
  • Billionaire Girls Club (Classic X) (1988) (View details)
  • Black Gold Black Fire (VSX) (1988)
  • Black Throat (VCA) (1985) (View details)
  • Blue Vanities S-634 (Filmfare Video Labs) (2000)
  • Breastogrophy 1 (VCR) (1987)
  • Can You Be A Pornstar? 7 & 8 (Hustler) (2005) (View details)
  • Cavalcade of Stars (VCR) (1986)
  • Christy And Ginger: The Early Years (Odyssey) (1993)
  • Christy Canyon X-posed (Infinity) (1990)
  • Christy Canyon X-posed 2 (Infinity) (1990)
  • Christy Canyon X-posed 3 (Infinity) (1990)
  • Christy In The Wild (Wave DVD) (1992) (View details)
  • Comeback (Wave DVD) (1995) (View details)
  • Coming of Christy (Canyon) (1990)
  • Confessions of Christy (Canyon) (1990)
  • Crazed (Vivid) (1992)
  • Crazed 2 (Vivid) (1992)
  • Cumshot Revue 2 (1985) (View details)
  • Daily Nudes (Vivid Raw) (1997) (View details)
  • Deep in the Canyon (Vivid) (1999)
  • Deep Inside Christy Canyon (Vivid) (2002) (View details)
  • Deep Inside Hyapatia Lee (Vivid) (2002)
  • Deep Inside Jenna Jameson (Vivid) (2001)
  • Deep Inside Racquel Darrian (Vivid) (2001)
  • Deep Inside Traci (CDI) (1986)
  • Diamond Collection 18 (CDI) (1981)
  • Diamond Collection 65 (CDI) (1985)
  • Diamond Collection 67 (CDI) (1985)
  • Diamond Collection 73 (CDI) (1986)
  • Diamond Collection 76 (CDI) (1986)
  • Diamond Collection Double X 10 (CDI) (1987)
  • Dirty 30's Cinema Volume XII (Paradise Visuals) (1986)
  • Dirty Bob's Xcellent Adventures 27 (Flying Leap) (1996)
  • Dirty Bob's Xcellent Adventures 29 (Flying Leap) (1997)
  • Dirty Letters (Vidco) (1985)
  • Dirty Shary (Caballero) (2006) (View details)
  • Dixie Dynamite And The All-star Tit Queens (Infinity) (1992)
  • Domination Nation 1 (Vivid) (1997) (View details)
  • Domination Nation 2 (Vivid) (1997)
  • Dr. Desire (Vidco) (1984)
  • Dreams of Candace Hart (Wave DVD) (1991) (View details)
  • Edge of Heat (4-play) (1989)
  • Edge of Heat 2 (4-play) (1989)
  • Educating Mandy (CDI) (1985)
  • Enchantress (4-play) (1985)
  • Erotic Starlets 22: Christy Canyon (CDI) (1987)
  • Erotica Jones (AVC) (1985)
  • Evil Angel (VCR) (1985)
  • Fantasies Unltd. (CDI) (1985)
  • Fantasy Club 59 (Western Visuals) (1985)
  • Fantasy In Blue (Wave DVD) (2001) (View details)
  • Fantasy World (LBO) (2002) (View details)
  • First Annual XRCO Adult Film Awards (AVC) (1985)
  • Flesh And Ecstasy (Vidco) (1985)
  • Gang Bangs (LBO) (2002) (View details)
  • Ginger Lynn The Movie (Paradise Visuals) (1988)
  • Ginger On The Rocks (Vivid) (1985)
  • Girls of Paradise (Paradise Visuals) (1986)
  • Girls Only: Janine (Vivid) (2002)
  • Girls Together (Gourmet) (1988)
  • Girls Who Dig Girls 8 (Wet) (1988)
  • Girls Who Love Girls 8 (Vidco) (1989)
  • Good The Bad And The D-cups (Gourmet) (1992)
  • Gourmet Quickies 19 (Gourmet) (1985)
  • Gourmet Quickies 23 (Gourmet) (1985)
  • Gourmet Quickies 29 (Gourmet) (1986)
  • Gourmet Quickies 30 (Gourmet) (1985)
  • Harlequin Affair (Cinematrex) (1985)
  • Haulin' Ass (Vivid) (2004)
  • Holly Does Hollywood 1 (Video Exclusives) (1985)
  • Holly Does Hollywood 4 (Canyon) (1990)
  • Hollywood Starlets (4-play) (1985)
  • Hot In The City (Canyon) (1989)
  • Hot Shorts: Christy Canyon (VCR) (1986)
  • Huge Bras 3 (Western Visuals) (1985)
  • Hypnotic Sensations (Gourmet) (1985)
  • I Dream of Christy (Canyon) (1989)
  • I Dream of Ginger (Vivid) (1985)
  • I Like To Be Watched (Vidco) (1984)
  • Incredible Edible Christy Canyon (Totally Tasteless) (1995)
  • Into The Night (Leisure Time) (1997)
  • It's My Body (CDI) (1985)
  • Jenna Jameson Revealed (Vivid) (2002)
  • Jenna Jameson Untamed (Vivid) (2002)
  • Jenna: Extreme Close-Up (Vivid) (2001)
  • Jubilee of Eroticism (Collector's) (1985)
  • Kama Sutra (Vivid) (1992)
  • Keyhole Productions 214: Christy Canyon Sucks (Video Exclusives) (1989)
  • Kiss My Asp (1988)
  • Kiss of The Gypsy (Western) (1985)
  • Kissin' Cousins (LA Video) (1984)
  • Ladies In Lace (Masterpiece) (1985)
  • Le Sex De Femme (Ambassador) (1989)
  • Le Sex De Femme 3 (Ambassador) (1989)
  • Lesbian Bra Busters of the 80's (Alpha Blue Archives) (2004)
  • Lick Bush (Vidco) (1992)
  • Like A Virgin (Atom) (1985)
  • Like A Virgin 2 (Atom) (1986)
  • Little Girls of The Streets (LA Video) (1984)
  • Lovin' Spoonfuls (4-play) (1987)
  • Lovin' USA (Excellent) (1989)
  • Marilyn Chambers' Private Fantasies 6 (Caballero) (1986)
  • Max World 12: Chicks For Free (Legend) (1997)
  • Max World 6: Rolling And Reaming (Legend) (1996)
  • Midslumber's Night Dream (4-play) (1985)
  • More Than A Handful (Caballero) (1993)
  • My Private Party (Vivid) (1985)
  • Night Breed (Wave DVD) (1996) (View details)
  • Night of Loving Dangerously (Paradise Visuals) (1984)
  • Nikki Dial: Extreme Close-Up (Vivid) (2001)
  • On Golden Blonde (Paradise Visuals) (1984)
  • On Trial 1: In Defense of Savannah (Vivid) (1991)
  • On Trial 2 (Vivid) (1992)
  • One Hot Night of Passion (Collector's) (1985)
  • Only The Best of Breasts (Cal Vista) (1988)
  • Only The Best of Women With Women (Cal Vista) (1988)
  • Oral Addiction (Vivid) (1996)
  • Orifice Party (Gold Medallion) (1985)
  • Party Girls (Masterpiece) (1988)
  • Passages 1 (Vivid) (1991)
  • Passages 2 (Vivid) (1991)
  • Passages 3 (Vivid) (1991) (View details)
  • Passages 4 (Vivid) (1991)
  • Perfect Fit (Dreamland) (1985)
  • Play Christy For Me (Canyon) (1991)
  • Portrait of Christy (Vivid) (1990)
  • Pretty In Peach (Vivid) (1992)
  • Princess Charming (Avc) (1987)
  • Racquel In The Wild (Vivid) (1992)
  • Rapture Girls 2 (Odyssey) (1992)
  • Rapture Girls 3 (Odyssey) (1992)
  • Savage Fury 1 (Video Exclusives) (1985)
  • Savage Fury 2 (Video Exclusives) (1989)
  • Seduction of Christy (Gourmet) (1988)
  • Sex 2 (Vivid) (1993)
  • Sex Asylum 4 (Vivid) (1991)
  • Sex Fifth Avenue (Western) (1985)
  • Sex Fifth Avenue (new) (Western) (1987)
  • Sex Goddess (Gourmet) (1985)
  • Sex Secrets of a Mistress (Vivid) (1996)
  • Show (Vivid) (1996)
  • Sinfully Yours (Hollywood) (1985)
  • Sore Throat (VCX) (1986)
  • Star 90 (Canyon) (1990)
  • Star Cuts 32: Christy Canyon (Hollywood) (1986)
  • Star Cuts 62: Christy Canyon (Hollywood) (1987)
  • Starlets 20: Amber Lynn (Hollywood) (1988)
  • Summer Girls (1986)
  • Superstars of Porn 2 (Cal Vista) (1985)
  • Swedish Erotica 57 (Caballero) (1984)
  • Swedish Erotica 58 (Caballero) (1984)
  • Swedish Erotica Hard 17 (Odyssey) (1993)
  • Sweet Cheeks (LBO) (2002) (View details)
  • Taste of Christy (Pink) (1989)
  • Taste of The Best 2 (Pink) (1988)
  • Teenage Christy Canyon (Alpha Blue Archives) (2003)
  • Ten Years of Big Busts 2 (Big Top) (1990)
  • Three By Three (Las Vegas) (1989)
  • Top 25 Adult Stars of All Time (VCA Interactive) (1999)
  • Tracy In Heaven (Western) (1985)
  • Tracy Who? (AVC) (1987)
  • Treasure Chest (Gourmet) (1985)
  • Trouble With Traci (AVC) (1986)
  • Twice In A Lifetime (VCA Plus) (1997)
  • Twisted (Wave DVD) (1999) (View details)
  • Two On One 2 (Vivid) (1993)
  • Ultra X (Bel-Air)
  • Vajenna (Vivid) (2001) (View details)
  • Victim of Love (Vivid) (1992) (View details)
  • Victim of Love 2 (Vivid) (1992) (View details)
  • Video Tramp (Ambassador) (1984)
  • Wacky World of X-rated Bloopers (Gourmet) (1989) (View details)
  • What Happens In Christy Stays In Christy (Vivid) (2006) (View details)
  • Where The Boys Aren't 5 (Vivid) (1993) (View details)
  • Where The Boys Aren't 6 (Vivid) (1995) (View details)
  • Where The Boys Aren't 7 (Vivid) (1995) (View details)
  • Where The Boys Aren't 9 (Vivid) (1997) (View details)
  • Wicked Divas: Julia Ann (Wicked) (2004) (View details)
  • Wild Things 1 (Cal Vista) (1985)
  • Wild Things 1 (new) (Cal Vista) (1986)
  • Wild Wild Chest 4 (Hollywood) (1997) (View details)
  • Woman In Pink (Essex) (1984)
  • Work Out (Vivid) (2000)
  • WPINK TV (Paradise Visuals) (1984) (View details)
  • XRCO Awards 1998 (Wicked) (1998)
  • XTV 1 (Pleasure) (1989)
  • You Make Me Wet (Vidco) (1985)
  • Young Jenna (Vivid) (2002)



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