The Exotic Life And Shocking Death Of Kandi Barbour! The True Hollywood Mystery Of This “Pink Lady” !

The Wild Life And Mysterious Death Of Kandi Barbour!

The adult entertainment industry is filled with stories of Actresses who became famous before disappearing from the public eye – and meeting a tragic end, and sadly that’s the story of Kandi Barbour as well.

It all began when my Facebook friend Angel shared this poster!

I had not heard of the film or of Kandi, but Angel suggested I look into her career and her life – and he was right: it’s fascinating and troubling as well!

Kandi Barbour was born Kandie Lou Dotson in 1959 in Russellville, Alabama. She went to school there and by all accounts had a normal life as she grew up.

Hollywood Calls!

As was the case with so many other beautiful young women, Kandi was discovered by photographer Diana Hardy in the 70’s – and soon was posing for men’s magazines like these:

As you can see, the camera loved Kandi, and she modeled for a wide variety of publications before ending up acting in adult films…

Barbour started performing in explicit films in her late teens; ultimately, she appeared in over 30 X-rated features before retiring from the business in 1984.

Among her films was “The Pink Ladies”, also starring Samantha Fox.

Vinegar Syndrome has this film available.

Kandi appeared in adult films and worked as an exotic dancer as well, but also modeled in ads and appeared in TV commercials for the music company K-tel International!

Barbour lived in both Los Angeles, California and Hawaii, where she worked at the famous Honolulu strip club Club Hubba Hubba. She was inducted into the XRCO Hall of Fame in 2009.

Kandi’s Shocking Death!

Kandi’s story takes a shocking turn at this point.

The Actress was discovered dead from exposure on the streets of San Francisco, California on January 18, 2012.

Barbour had been homeless and living on the streets of San Francisco at the time of her death. Because no one claimed the body in a timely manner, she was donated to a local university for medical science. She was later cremated, and her ashes scattered into the San Fransisco Bay!

I have been unable to find out what happened to her, and how she ended up destitute, but it’s a sad end for an Actress and Model who achieved her dreams and then have them shattered.

Kandi was inducted posthumously into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2013.

Sadly, Kandi isn’t the only adult film star to meet a tragic end…remember Rene Bond?

Rene starred in cult films of all kinds, but also had a tragic end…you can see that story here:

And what about the story of Shauna Grant?

This hugely popular adult film star killed herself! You can find out more about this mysterious death by clicking on mystery story here:

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13 replies

  1. wow, BEAVER MAGAZINE! haven’t seen one of those in a while…few weeks at least.
    Love the detail and the research John. Keep UP the good work.

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    • Thanks for the comment…someone recommended I look into her story…it’s so sad to see the adult film stars who have struggled so much after their career ends…virtually impossible to get mainstream work…I hired both Jenna Jameson and Sasha Grey to work for me at various time in mainstream TV…they always spoke about how they were treated


  2. There is a chilling connection between the porn industry and tragic death. So many young women end up used and discarded. I had never heard of her, but you did her justice, John.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • Pete, someone on Facebook mentioned so many tragic stories, but my Jrsploitation now overtakes my regular website…cutl movie fans like stories about cult cinema…and these are the broken figures in that industry…next week I am sharing a great story of a proud empowered woman who is as feisty today as she was when she was in that business…

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  3. I met Kandi at The Melody Theater where she made a headline appearance as a dancer. The Melody was owned by Bob Anthony, a former lead singer with the Tommy Dorsey Band. Bob had several hit singles, and was close friends with Frank Sinatra. In early 1981 Kandi and I began to date away from the theater. She resided at the Consulate Hotel on W. 49th and Broadway then. She was setting attendance records at The Melody. Only Seka drew a larger crowd. After a while I lost her due to conflicting work schedules and Marc Knoffler of Dire Straits who showed serious interest in her. My daughter in California advised me of Kandi’s demise. I continue to think of her often. May she Rest in Peace.


  4. Heartbreaking.



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