These penny arcade attractions featured topless women, full frontal nudity, and even sexual coupling.
Arguably the first pornstar to become a household name was Linda Lovelace (the pseudonym, of Linda Susan Boreman) from New York City, who starred in the 1972 feature Deep Throat.
Most performers use a pseudonym and strive to maintain off-screen anonymity.
A number of pornographic actors and actresses have written autobiographies.
In Europe, many pornographic actresses and actors come from the so-called pornographic bloc countries, such as Russia, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
In France, popular female performers have included Brigitte Lahaie, Marylin Jess, Clara Morgane, Katsuni and Yasmine Lafitte. In Mexico, Maritza Mendez and Silvia Loret have become famous in recent years.