An Adult Film Stars Breakout Role – And Mysterious Disappearance!
The entertainment industry has a rich history of stars who die tragically, or disappear forever. The adult film business more than others is filled with iconic stars, and unsolvable mysteries, and Bambi Woods is both!
“Debbie Does Dallas” – And Then Disappears!
Bambi Woods is one of the most famous “Adult” film stars of all time – all because of one film!
Here is the mystery of “Bambi Woods”, who was born in 1955, was allegedly an exotic dancer who was cast in one of the most popular XXX-rated films of the 70’s – the 1978 film “Debbie Does Dallas!”
“Everyone On The Team Scores When Her Pom Poms Fly!”
So how did this young exotic dancer end up in one of the most iconic adult films ever? In one of the interviews she did at the time, Woods said her involvement in adult films was arranged by a female friend to whom she owed money!
Now, about the name “Bambi Woods”: According to wikipedia, the producer/director of “Debbie Does Dallas”, Jim Clark, said he created the stage name “Bambi Woods” in an allusion to the Disney character:
“I named her Bambi Woods. There wasn’t any real reason behind it. Bambi … a deer. In the woods. Do you want to get deeper?”
Part of the film’s success came from the promotional campaign: a photo of Bambi in a knockoff Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader uniform – and she was billed as a “former Dallas Cowgirl.”
According to wikipedia, some reports at the time said that Woods had previously tried out for the real Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders but never made the squad – but since there is nothing known about the Actress, that’s impossible to verify.
As you will see in the trailer for the film, Woods insists that none of her experiences were used for the completely fictional storyline, but it’s a bit tongue in cheek.
Here is the trailer with her comments, which is safe to watch – there is no sexual activity in it – they cleverly put up a sign that says “SCENE MISSING”:
The film was a huge pop culture success, and Bambi Woods became a pop culture star…there are stories of her showing up at the hottest disco clubs in New York. She seemed on her way for huge success in the adult film world…or was she?
The Mysterious Disappearance Of Bambi! Was There A “Secret” Porn Career?
Now comes the mystery, which begins after the success of the film gets her a LOT of attention.
However, it wasn’t what she was expecting. In fact, reports suggest that she was distraught when the huge wave of publicity led to her family’s discovery of her career in pornography! Apparently they didn’t know!
There have been many stories about Bambi, but none included an interview with her or any supposed family members, so it’s all conjecture!
Because, from that point on, Bambi never made another film of any kind, and just disappeared!
I have heard from a few of you that she made a sequel, which is indeed for sale. That said, I can’t find any real concrete information about the filming of it, and in the documentary about the film, the Producer says he never made another with her…so I wonder if it’s additional material already shot with her.
Her meteoric success in the so-called “Golden Age of Porn” and later disappearance became the subject of much speculation, and a myth about her having met a sordid fate several years after her heyday began to be accepted as fact.
Did Bambi Die?
Stores circulated that she got into drugs and overdosed, but there was never any confirmation of that at all – and her real name has never been revealed!
The mystery grew bigger when a 2005 article in the Australian newspaper The Age stated that Woods had died in 1986 of a drug overdose under lurid circumstances.
There is a 2005 documentary from English TV called “Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered”, which includes an extensive interview with the original film’s Producer. He says int he documentary that he knows the real name of Woods, which he declined to reveal on camera.
He says that he traced Bambi’s family in the mid-1990s using a Private Investigator – because he wanted to offer her big money to do a sequel.
He was told that she was living an ordinary life in the Des Moines, Iowa area and wished to have no further involvement with, nor publicity concerning, her former career.
Here is the trailer for the documentary about the movie:
There are only a few shots from the film, and not that much time is spent really “looking” for the Actress. There are no records of who “Bambi Woods” really was, and she wasn’t interested in being seen again.
She has simply disappeared from public view.
However, the documentary is fascinating for what it DOES cover, which is the world of pornography in the 70’s – including interviews with several of the film’s participants – and it’s very sad.
Actors Herschel Cohen and Robert Kerman were in the film, and they give intelligent and insightful interviews.
Basically, they made NO money doing the film, and being in adult films kept them from any mainstream success…Kerman summed up what it was like to try and have a career after porn – when those he worked with found out about his past:
“My agent had gotten me small parts in Hill St. Blues, Cagney and Lacey, No Way Out. I was cooking. Then one day, she calls me into her office and says ‘I can’t work with you anymore.’ I have no idea why.”
A woman who claimed to be Bambi Woods came forward in 2007 disputing most of the claims in “Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered” – in an interview she conducted solely by e-mail. The only thing that her account and Uncovered agreed upon was that she was living an ordinary life and wanted nothing to do with her pornographic past. The interviewer could not verify whether or not it was the real Woods or not!
Another website says that she is married to a computer software developer in the Silicon Valley and has two children.
For now, it’s an unsolved mystery, one of many in this business…remember Annie Sparrow?
this gorgeous Blonde Actress starred in the Euro-sleaze classic “The Sinful Dwarf” – and was never heard form again!
You can click here to see the film’s wildly inappropriate trailer and more!
Some Actresses crossed over between adult film and drive-in movie exploitation films:
Rene Bond was very popular in the 70’s, but had a tragic life…you can see more of her revealing work by clicking on my story here:
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