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Born: 12/1/1954
Aliases: Nanette Heaven, Annette Funette, Cheryl Nelson

Country of Origin: United States NV - Nevada
Place of Birth: Las Vegas
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Auburn
Height: 165 cm - 5 feet and 5 inches
Weight: 50 kg - 110 lbs
Measurements: 34B-23-34
Years Active :1973 - 2003 (30 Years In The Business)

Growing Up: 1954-1972
Annette Haven was born Annette Martin in December 1954, in Las Vegas, USA. She came from a religiously and politically conservative Mormon family. she fell in love with her 20 year-old boyfriend, and left home to get married. The marriage lasted two years, and she later admitted her ex-husband "was an idiot and kept trying to strangle me into unconsciousness and making suicide attempts. He went to the state mental hospital after he'd locked himself in the bathroom and slashed both his wrists and arm. I decided that being loyal to my marriage vows was something I could forgo."

Up until that point Annette had been supporting her husband through a variety of jobs. "I worked as a nurses aide… There was a phase I was doing nude modelling. And I worked in a massage parlour for a bit! They couldn't touch us on our breasts or genitals and we couldn't touch their penises. But, boy oh boy, did they have a good time massaging around the edges."

Porn Films & University: 1973-1975
Following the dissolution of her marriage Annette moved to San Francisco. Having trained as a ballet dancer as a young woman, she began dancing in erotic shows, and eventually worked as a stripper. While working in one of the strip clubs she met porn star Bonnie Holiday and eventually moved in with Bonnie and her boyfriend Danny. "We were in a ménage a trois for three and a half years." In December of the same year, having just turned 21, Annette made her first porn film. "I was told about it by the lady I was living with [Bonnie Holiday]. She said that her friends were making this film called 'Lady Freaks' (1973), and then I met the producer. I hated the title. The original title was 'The Prowler'. Much more mysterious and classy. I guess that 'Lady Freaks' has more publicity appeal." The film also starred Bonnie. "We only worked with each other - no males. I thoroughly enjoyed myself." She later admitted "The sex was actually easier for me than the dialogue, although I was also scared of the camera quite a bit. But I got used to it pretty fast." Annette's second movie was 'Deep Tango' (1974), which she later described as "really funny and artsy-fartsy. I worked with a fag actor and had my first sex scene with a male, and that went fine. I wasn't ashamed of having sex."

Following 'Deep Tango' Annette made another two porn films before retiring in mid-1974. "I went back to college. I was majoring in video technology… I stopped in mid-stream to come back to the film business. I still get the 'guilties' for stopping school." By now her relationship with Bonnie Holiday and her husband had ended. She later admitted that the relationship "just got out of control, at least for the women… We all loved each other. She [Bonnie] wanted me to marry both of them. Now I think her expectations of the relationship, me to her and me to her husband were much different from what really happened. I saw a lot of jealousy develop in her. I think she expected to be the object of my love, rather than her husband, or thought he was more important to me than she was. Anyway, it didn't work out." Although the relationship ended, Annette continued having affairs with various women both inside and outside the adult industry. "I am bisexual in that I can have relationships with both sexes. I am a bisexual that leans heavily towards heterosexuality. I prefer men."

Return To Porn: 1976-1979
Despite being a straight 'A' student, Annette dropped out of college and returned to porn in 1976, appearing in films such as 'Autobiography of a Flea' (1976), 'Easy Alice' (1976) and 'Tell Then Johnny Wadd Is Here' (1976). She was later nominated as 'Best Supporting Actress' at the Los Angeles Adult Film Association Awards for her part in 'Autobiography Of A Flea'. Although Georgina Spelvin eventually won the award, Annette later admitted to being surprised by her own nomination. "I only had four lines in the whole film, and a small scene. I said 'Oh Pierre' four times. Of course there was a LOT of action between those lines, or exclamations." During the film she had worked with John Holmes. "There was a slight twinge the first time we made love, but I got used to it. The muscles stretch and are elastic for just that reason… to be accommodating. And also, even if a guy is fourteen inches long, he doesn't have to put all of it in… I do like men that are fairly well-equipped, but fourteen inches are not a necessity for great sex. Sensitivity is important. Understanding is important. Technique is important. But not size to excess. The man has to be gentle too."

Annette had a soft petite figure that made her an instant success with the public. She admits that prior to appearing in 'Lady Freaks' she had no acting experience whatsoever. "I had danced a while, but not really acted. I made my first film not really knowing anything about acting or film making. But I learned quick." During the late 1970's Annette's career went from strength to strength and she starred in some of her best movies. "It was just wonderful. Things just got better and I did a whole list of films I'm very proud of… I started out at $150 a day… I worked my way up and up, and I've kept it there. Everybody knows that my price is kind of high. If you don't want to pay it, don't fucking call." But people did call constantly. She established herself not only as a classy porn star, but also as a reliable actress. Furthermore, unlike many of her contemporaries, such as Serena and Vanessa Del Rio, Annette drew the line with what she would and would not do in front of the camera. "I won't let a man come on my face. It's degrading. I won't allow any degrading act unless it's vital to the story… I won't do any S&M scenes or anal sex… No weird kinky stuff. No golden showers. No animals. Nothing that isn't straight sex. I have even objected to dildos." Nevertheless, due to her natural beauty and acting abilities she was not only constantly in demand by film producers, but also by the public. She became known as "a thinking man's sex goddess: always sexy, ever a lady."

Nevertheless, Annette has appeared in a number of bondage and S&M photo-shoots. "Once we were working a mock-dominant scene in a borrowed house. The lady had rented us the house for the day while the we were at a neighbours playing. We were naked except for a few leather goodies and whips. Well, you can guess what happened. First the cleaning man, a cute little old chap, comes in the front door to deliver the lady's dry cleaning. He was shocked. He was faced with two gorgeous ladies, naked except for leather bras and garters and whips. My whip was wrapped around the other chicks neck too. I remember it well. He was bug-eyed. He simply delivered the clothes and left, but he never took his eyes off us. Second, we resumed shooting, and before we fully recovered from the cleaning man, the next door neighbour popped in for a visit. He got totally involved. He stood there and watched and watched and watched. He was still watching us when the lady's children came home… too early, I might add. I was in the bathroom touching up my make-up, and the other chick was in a robe, relaxing between shots. So the kids didn't see much, if anything."

Towards the end of the 1970's she underwent dental surgery. "I spent a fortune in pain and money to have my whole oral architecture rearranged. Now I can smile and look at it and be very pleased with what I see." While concentrating on movies, Annette nevertheless continued stripping and appearing in live sex shows at the O'Farrell Theatre in San Francisco. Fellow porn star Dorothy Le May recalls how "Annette Haven and I worked together at the Mitchell Brothers for a week. Annette took this big dildo and stuck it in me, and I said 'Annette, you have no mercy.' We'd come in softly and she'd go offstage. I would be lying there and the music would hit a hard beat and she'd come out with her leather stuff. It was fun until she was pulling a string of balls out of my pussy, and she pulled hard and one was left inside me. I got hurt and I couldn't perform the last day. Annette can get mean - she's playing that role and she means it."

Annette Haven gained a reputation as a perfectionist. In 'Tower Of Power' she played the role of a manipulative high-level executive who keeps and fucks Hershal Savage. "The script called for him to submit, but he wouldn't. He wouldn't budge, so I threw him to the floor, which wasn't in the script. It surprised the hell out of him." One of her favourite actors was Richard Pacheco. "The first time I worked with him, I was so overwhelmed by my orgasm that I fainted. When I came to, Richard was holding me in his arms. Everyone else had gone home." He, in turn, admitted that she "was the first great beauty in porn… She shoots first and asks questions later. She knows the dark side of human sexuality and she has patterned her life and career as they embrace positive feelings and escape what has been horrific. When she was on a set, you did not see the same behaviour that you saw on other sets. If any of the males were abusing any females around Annette, she'd have them fired. And Annette had the box office to do that. And she took care of newcomers. She let them know that they did not have to fuck everybody and that they did not need to do this or that… Smart, she's like an efficiency expert for IBM. She knows the movie business"

Her attitude often caused friction with other female porn stars and problems for directors. Legendary female porn director and producer Svetlana Marsh recalled that Annette "was really a pain in the ass… If you're working with a 'star', you have a problem, but once they're into the scene, they do well. The trick is to get them into it. You have to treat them carefully." Annette also had problems with other top porn actresses that sometimes resented her star billing. "[I was] doing a ménage-a-trois with Desiree Cousteau. We were supposed to eat each other and fondle each other's pussies, you know. The director was giving us instructions and Desiree would not let me touch her body! It was awful! I would not want to… work with her again. The other actress I have no real love for is Seka. I was finishing a shoot, an explicit scene, and came into my own dressing room. I am very precise about my make up and usually do it all myself. Seka had come in earlier and pushed my stuff off my table and starts doing her make up. She wasn't even in my film. I saw what she had done and she said something ugly and very rude to me for no reason at all. I was calm, but seething under the surface. I do not believe in creating scenes on the set. It's unprofessional."

Unlike the actresses, male porn stars loved working with her. John Seeman recalled her as "beautiful and bright. She was her own boss and couldn't be pushed around. Would never take a cum shot in the face. She had a certain glamour about her and deserved her popularity." Richard Pacheco also remembered her as "a talented actress. And she was great to have sex with." Annette herself believes that male porn stars "don't feel threatened by me like some insecure actresses might. That's their problem, not mine. I haven't time for that. Besides, if I were such a bitch to work with, do you seriously think I would be working so much, and now be one of the top actresses in the industry?"

Nevertheless she admits that she is "a strict person and you have to work within my parameters" . However, she clarifies this by emphasising that "Everybody has to be very cool on the set… I demand that. If anybody wants to get snitty and say snitty things on the set, I land on them. It's too sensitive an issue, too sensitive an act and too sensitive a scene, to feel pressure and stuff… And that means that everyone on the set has to be calm and respectful."

Annette's position as one of the industry's leading actresses became evident in 1979, when John Derek, husband of Bo Derek, cast her in the lead role of his porn debut 'Love You' (1979). The film also included Leslie Bovee, Eric Edwards, and Wade Nichols. Unlike most porn films the sex was not overly explicit - although nothing was hidden, and the filming was lush and beautiful. 'Love You' is not a typical porn film, and involves extensive dialogue as two couples come to terms with the notion of swapping partners. Although Bo Derek did not appear in the film she produced it and was constantly on the set with the four porn stars as her husband's consultant. Annette later recalled: "Bo produced it and John wrote and directed the movie. We made it in Los Angeles and San Fransisco, and did a lot of location shooting in Hawaii. It was an interesting experience. They're good people. I love them dearly."

Annette's Philosophy On Porn

Like many people involved in the first generation of porn, Annette viewed the industry as a means through which to confront the conservative perceptions and sexual inequalities of society. She truly believed in the value of pornography stating, "It teaches people that sex is normal, beautiful and fun… It teaches women in the audience how to fuck or give a good blowjob. A lot of people learned to improve their sexual techniques from watching adult films. They are very therapeutic…. My crusade is to educate the public to accept sex as part of their lives. It's unnatural to suppress a natural desire. We sleep, we eat, we breathe and sex is also something we have a natural urge to do." In 'All About Annette' (1982) she claimed that "I cook, I sew, I clean, I knit baby booties… the only difference between me and lots of women is that I think sex is ok, and I'm not afraid to say so… The whole point of my being in the industry is to help change American attitudes and establish that sex is a good thing. I still consider myself a lady." In attacking the negative stereotypes of female porn actresses she claimed, "It's because men in this society are allowed to have sex and women aren't. Therefore if women are participating in the sexual industry they get a lot of criticism. Men in the business get asked by people: 'Gee, what's it like to have sex with such a beautiful woman?' Whereas the women get asked 'How could you do such a thing?' And that's societal attitude." But there were other deeper issues at stake with Annette. "I thought it would give me an excellent platform from which to speak about sexuality, something I had an investment in doing…

Nevertheless, Annette is realistic about the porn industry. "In the adult industry you're running into a lot of social stigma when you become part of it… If I want to become a lawyer, I'm going to have to fight the bar. I am going to have to prove to them that I am not guilty of moral failings… Because being in this industry puts a stigma on you. It's like: 'Oh my God, if they do it on screen, wow! We all know that girls aren't supposed to do it at all. And to do it on screen! Oh boy!' I'm proud of what I do. I don't deny it to anybody. It's called, 'If you don't like it, then you don't have to deal with me.' I don't think that most people could handle this job very well. I really don't. I don't think most people are emotionally equipped. I think you have to be a special kind of person. A person that can deal with the stress of having sex on camera. And then dealing with that position in life with society as a whole."

Annette & Mainstream Hollywood

During the mid to late 1970's Annette Haven became romantically involved with fellow porn star Paul Thomas and appeared eight times in various Playboy pictorials. In 1980 she renewed her relationship with Bo Derek by appearing in Blake Edwards' classic comedy '10', along with a number of porn stars such as Serena, Constance Money and Dorothy Le May. "I actually cast myself in '10' because I was involved in casting the party scene. I couldn't find enough females that were right, so I cast myself. It was fun… Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards were wonderful. Dudley Moore was a really nice guy and a genuine man. He took off his clothes with everyone else in the scene. There was no problem. He was absolutely cool." Dorothy Le May later recalled how "We were supposed to film for two days, but the weather wasn't right, and Blake Edwards didn't work if the conditions weren't to his liking. But we got paid anyway. And we'd [the group of porn stars hired for the film] get crazy in our Culver City hotel room. Annette Haven had her leather party one night and room service walked in. Jamie Gillis and Serena were there. Craziness. The hotel management didn't like us after that and we didn't get any more room service."

Annette's experience with Blake Edwards on the set of '10' was perhaps the only positive one she had from mainstream Hollywood. "He was extraordinary polite and nice. You can tell when someone's leering around you and he didn't do any of that. I actually didn't think that the casting coach existed in Hollywood. I actually for a few naïve years thought people got their roles for their acting ability… I have a lot more respect for my industry because at least we're upfront about it."

In 1984 Annette was offered one of the lead roles in Brian De Palma's film 'Body Double' (1984). She was to play Holly Body, a porn actress who became involved in a murder case. According to Annette "I had the role except that Columbia Pictures is a subsidiary of the Coca Cola Corporation. They got very perturbed when they found out just how very x-rated I was, and that was that." The role eventually fell to Melanie Griffith. Annette remained on the set as consultant, and later, having seen the finished product, expressed relief that she had not got the part, as she considered the film too violent. Her support for pornography and repulsion for graphic violence often influenced her career decisions. "I turned down the role of the head female werewolf in 'The Howling' because of their use of the porno shop in the front of the film. The maniac gets the girl into a peep show emporium and tries to take advantage her and the scenario was very negative about the sort of violence and degeneracy we saw and the adult business. I refused the part. I hated 'Hardcore', too, but that was such a joke film, I couldn't get too upset about it. It was ludicrous. I turned down $23,000 in February [1983] alone because of some violent or tasteless parts of the properties I was offered."

Annette did appear in a few mainstream productions that avoided extreme and graphic violence, such as the 'Hawaii Five-O' episode 'Boner of Contention'. The story involves McGarrett investigating the islands porn industry. Annette played the Five-O receptionist, while John Holmes appeared as the Chief of Police, and Seka as a Sea Life park attendant.

A New Decade & Retirement: 1980-1989

As the 1980's began Annette continued starring in quality porn films, such as 'Peaches And Cream' (1981), 'Memphis Cathouse Blues' (1982) and 'Bodies In Heat' (1983), but her appearances became fewer and fewer. The Video Age had just begun and younger starlets, such as Ginger Lynn, Amber Lynn and Traci Lords were out to claim her crown. Although none of these porn stars had the class or acting ability of Annette Haven, in a business that constantly seeks fresh faces, they began to overtake her in popularity. Furthermore, the advent of video meant that quality control within the industry began to slide. "They're trying to do these videos as cheaply and as rapidly as possible, and it shows… They don't know, or just don't care, about how much time and energy it takes to turn out something really good. In the mid seventies and even the late seventies, we were doing product that maybe wasn't all that terrific, but was getting better all the time." As a result she re-enrolled in college and began studying to be a computer programmer. One of her last films was 'The Grafenburg Spot' (1985) with Ginger Lynn. Ginger later recalled how "Annette won't take cum-shots in the face. We all have our do's and don'ts, and that's hers. Well in The Grafenburg Spot Annette played a doctor, and I was a patient. This movie is about female ejaculation… Everyone knew she wouldn't take the shot in the face; so the Mitchell Brothers said 'Be sure to get her in the face. This is real important. This is going to go down in history.' So they loaded me up, and I was all ready. She got her face down there, and I let her have it. It took two takes because she dodged the first shot. It was great."

Annette eventually retired in 1985 due to the fear of AIDS, although she did return in 1989 to make 'Bodies In Heat-The Sequel' (1989), and 'Talk Dirty To Me 6' (1989). In both cases, however, she only appeared in lesbian scenes. Nevertheless, despite being 35 years old she still looked slim and beautiful. Following these two movies she retired once again, later simply claiming "I woke up sick, not wanting to do this." Annette moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she completed her degree in computers. She eventually married a rich businessman with whom she resided in up-scale Marin County, California, living a quiet domesticated.

Conclusion
Despite her retirement, Annette Haven never lost contact with the adult industry though. She eventually returned to the scene in the late 1990's with the blessing of her husband. "I wouldn't marry a jealous man. I think it's a sickness. You can't possess another person." Nevertheless, she only appeared in fetish and bondage movies. "I'm not in this business for money. If I wanted to be a prostitute there's people in the Mid-east who have offered a million dollars to fuck me." By this point her fear of AIDS within the industry had diminished. "The only people I know in the business who have got AIDS are needle freaks or homosexuals. I would fuck my husband unprotected [on screen] but no one's asked."

Annette Haven was one of the pioneers of adult movies in America and has worked with all the legendary male stars of her time, including John Holmes, John Leslie, Paul Thomas, Eric Edwards, Wade Nichols, Jamie Gillis and Joey Silvera. As was the case with European actresses such as Brigitte Lahaie and Cicciolina, she viewed her involvement in the porn industry as an ideological statement; something through which she could confront conservative values and educate. "I've never approached the business the way Ginger Lynn did and Traci Lords did and that whole crowd. They've made something like a hundred films and videos in a year in order to make a cash killing. That has never been my point in being in the adult industry. I felt that it would give me an excellent platform to speak about sexual matters… That to me is very, very important. I grew up watching most of my girlfriends get really ruined because of their lack of sexual education.

Unlike Linda Lovelace or Traci Lords, she has never turned against the adult industry, often accusing actresses of allowing themselves to be used and abused. "A lot of these ladies fuck themselves over. Producers in the adult film industry are generally more honest and dependable than they are in Hollywood… The adult film industry is fairly upfront. It's like 'Will you work for me for a dime a day?' If you go for it you're an idiot… At one point I was on a set, and a prominent male actor was hurting this relatively unknown female. It was an anal scene. I was over in the other corner, and somebody was giving me head - we were doing an orgy. I heard this 'No, no, stop, please don't. Oh no stop.' The camera zeroed in on his dick because it was the first time he'd gotten it hard. He got it up by hurting people. He prefers to work with unknown little girls, because they're so stupid and complimented to be with him that they will allow him to hurt them. So this girl went ahead and did another anal scene three days later. Let's face it, the girl wasn't tied up!" Furthermore, Annette has often argued that the porn industry allowed her to grow as a person. "I was raised in a rather uptight home, sexually speaking, and as a result I was a repressed person… My boyfriend and I used to have discussions as to whether we would leave the light on while we made love." She was among the first actresses to be inducted into the industry's Hall Of Fame. Along with such names as Marilyn Chambers, Serena, Vanessa Del Rio and Leslie Bovee, she was also among the original superstars of porn. Not only was she beautiful, but unlike many of her contemporaries, she was also a good actress. The fact that she continued making successful hard-core films for 12 years before retiring the first time testifies to her ability and staying power.


An Interview:
Annette Haven On Oral Sex - How I Give Head

STAG: What's important in giving head?

AH: Attitude. If your man isn't convinced that you love what you're doing he isn't going to get anywhere near as much out of it. Make certain that it is apparent that you enjoy it. I find a mixture of delicacy and aggressiveness is most effective. The feeling that you know if you can handle it, but are driven to attemp and succeed.

STAG: How do you begin a blowjob?

AH: Kissing and holding is a good place to start. I begin by caressing a man all over eventually working my way down to his crotch. I touch him there very quickly and lightly and then touch his legs on the inside portion of the thigh. From there I work my way back to his cock and balls, which I play with. I begin to work my way down his body when I feel the time is appropriate by kissing his shoulders and nipples. Sucking on his nipples. I press my hand down hard on his stomach and follow it down with my mouth to his crotch. Holding on to his balls with my hand, tickling them, I flicker my tongue lightly over the nerve at the head of his cock. Look up at him and kiss him there too! While sucking on the nerve I run my mouth up and down the column of his cock until I put it wholly in my mouth. I'm very careful to keep my teeth out of the way so as not to hurt - although it can be a turn on to give it a slight nip. While sucking on his cock I keep my mouth taught and flexible and move it back and forth slowly and rapidly over the head of his prick. Tease him, play with him, use varying speeds, do what turns you on and it will turn him on.

STAG: Do you use much tongue?

AH: I use the tongue all the time I am involved in actual sucking. Against the nerve and around the head. Eventually work your way down to his balls and while holding them lightly, lick them gently over. Then place one and then the other and suck on them. I put both in my mouth finally and suck on them. I look at him while I am doing all of this so he can see me and I can see him.

STAG: What's your view on "deep throat"?

AH: Giving "deep throat" can be a terrific turn on. I learned to do it by lots of practice. You overcome the gag reflex and take his cock down into your throat where it narrows. He experiences a tight feeling around the head of his cock. From going so far down the saliva begins to flow and you find yourself well lubricated. I do it slowly and deliberately feeling my lips over every square inch of his cock, looking at my man.

STAG: Do you use your hands too?

AH: Using your hand while you suck the head of his cock is an extreme turn on as well and is a good way to get him off. The strength and rapidity you can use then becomes overpowering to the man. If you've worked him and yourself into enough of a frenzy this is when he will come. When I feel his cock get a particular kind of extreme hardness and his movements become almost reflexive I know that it is time and I keep his cock deep in my mouth fully surrounded by warmth and movement.

STAG: What do you do when he comes?

AH: I maintain a steady sucking motion while he comes, swallowing it as he squirts out the end of his cock. Then I stay with him until the end of the orgasm and then gently kiss him all over his cock, balls and face. End with lots of cuddling and love.


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