Desiree Cousteau Had “Pretty Peaches” And “Caged Heat” Too!

Celebrating The Career Of Desiree Cousteau!

There have been so many legendary Cult Movie Queens in cinema history, it’s easy for many to be overlooked – my “2022 Sex Kitten Countdown” takes a look at one of the most iconic Adult Film Stars of all time!

Desiree Cousteau made a few of the most acclaimed adult film during the “golden age of porn” in the late 70’s and early 80’s – and was known as one of the most engaged Actresses on film!

She was born Deborah Clearbranch in Georgia in 1956. She ended up in 31 films, according to the terrific movie database…let’s take a look at her career!

Desiree Cousteau arrived in Hollywood aspiring to be a mainstream Model, but according to wikipedia, she didn’t break through in that field because she wasn’t tall and skinny enough!

She was, however, perfect for men’s magazines, and broke though with this photo spread in Penthouse magazine.

As you can see, the camera loved her, and Desiree began appearing in a number of men’s magazines – like this one for High Society – and next up for Cousteau was a shot at films!

She lad a great feature debut when she landed a small part in the classic 1974 “women in prison” B-movie “Caged Heat!”

The film was a drive-in smash hit, with a great list of Cult Movie Queens in the film – but Desiree’s role in it didn’t give her a career boost, and according to wikipedia, she was tired of being sexually propositioned for parts, and soured on the business.

However, she was still a very popular Model.

Four years later, with no additional film credits, Desiree was asked by Adult Film Director Alex de Renzy to star in his new film, “Pretty Peaches.”

The Iconic “Pretty Peaches!”

This was a landmark adult film, one of the last of the “golden era” of XXX-films.

Desiree starred as a young runaway girl who meets with an accident and suffers from Amnesia.

The wild wild story revolves around her journey to recover her memories and everyone who tries to help her.

This XXX-rated film was a platform for stardom. Desiree was voted Best Actress by the Adult Film Association for her performance in Pretty Peaches in 1978.

From there, she had a string of sexy hits.

Desiree was usually typecast as a sweet, ditzy, naïve woman who was up for anything!

“Hot Lunch!”

In the late 70’s and early 80’s, the posters promised “HOT” EVERYTHING!

She appeared in dozens of adult films with provocative titles.

“Getting Off!”

As you can see, the posters were garish, vivid and colorful, and so was Desiree…

In 1979, she won another Acting award for her work in this film – with another very colorful poster:

Here’s what the writeup on the film says:

“MS. MAGNIFICENT is an endearingly sleazy and funny tribute to 1930s and 40s serials funneled through late 70s pop culture based humor, and featuring supporting performances from Sharon Kane, Holly McCall, and Mike Horner.”

All of her films led to what is considered the highest honor you can get in adult film – an “Inside” story:

Going “Inside Desiree Cousteau!”

Of her many performances, one of her best remembered is her pseudo-autobiographical film “Inside Désirée Cousteau” from 1979.

According to IMDB, it’s a series of semi-autobiographical tales of a young, beautiful and innocent Desiree – short vignettes that always end up with Desiree in very sexual situations…

The great website offers this tantalizing nugget about what happened to her next:

“Her post-porn career is something of a mystery. There were stories that she married, had a family and settled down. There were also stories that she had a breakdown and was confined to a mental hospital. The latest story, which is given somewhat more credibility by people who knew her, was that she had studied to become a psychologist, passed the exams and was practicing somewhere in her home state of Georgia.”

In 1997, she was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame.

Bravo to Cousteau for a great career, hope she is happy in life now!

Speaking of a famous Adult Movie Queen named Desiree:

Desiree West was adult cinema’s first black superstar!

See her career highlights here:

Of course, Desiree’s “Inside” movie wasn’t the first:

Yes, legendary adult Actress Jennifer Welles also got an “Inside” look – you can click to see it here:

As I said, Cousteau has one mainstream hit: “Caged Heat!”

The film was a drive-in classic, with a great list of cult movie Queens in the film, including Erica Gavin:

Gavin was also a “Vixen!” You can see more of her provocative work by clicking here:

It was rare for adult Actresses to work in mainstream films – but more unusual for a mainstream Actress to go hardcore.

More recently, this popular TV Star went from “ABC” to “XXX”!

Maitland Ward has become one of adult cinema’s biggest stars today, after starting as a teenager on “Boy Meets World.”

Now, she’s a breakout adult film star! You can see her most recent films by clicking on my story here:

And one of the most empowered Adult Movie Queens of all time was Christy Canyon:

A great career and post-adult film life as well!

Click here for her fascinating story:

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Bravo to Desiree Cousteau for her great career in adult film!

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14 replies

  1. Desiree Cousteau – a lot sexier than Jacques!


  2. She was wonderful! Pretty Peaches is still one of the all time best adult films. You’ve done a great tribute to her, John.


  3. I had actually heard of her, John. That’s a refreshing change. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.


  4. Incredibly beautiful lady I believe she works in animal care now a recent photo surfaced and she still looks stunning

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Desiree was a master at acting as a innocent and gullible girl. Her beauty surpassed many women in porn and in life in general.



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