Mary Millington

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A co-star in the Sex Pistols' Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle movie, actress Mary Millington was the face of British pornography throughout the '70s, making numerous movies and loops, and also voicing several…
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A co-star in the Sex Pistols' Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle movie, actress Mary Millington was the face of British pornography throughout the '70s, making numerous movies and loops, and also voicing several erotic audio releases during the latter part of the decade. One of these, "Mary Millington Talks Dirty," is included on the Trunk label's Flexisex anthology of rare pornographic flexidiscs.

Born Mary Ruth Quilter, she began working as a glamour model under the name Mary Maxted, in the late '60s. She was discovered by Scottish filmmaker John Lindsay at the beginning of the decade, and shot a handful of loops (short pornographic films) for him. The first, Miss Bohrloch, won the Golden Phallus Award at the Amsterdam Wet Dream Festival in 1970. She also worked with filmmakers Russel Gay and Harrison Marks before she was elected as the focus of publisher David Sullivan's Whitehouse magazine (named for Mary Whitehouse, the anti-filth crusader who is also name-checked on Pink Floyd's Animals album) in 1975. It was Sullivan who renamed her Mary Millington -- the magazine's editor was Doreen Millington, and the suggestion was that the two women were sisters.

Rapidly becoming the most photographed and popular model in the U.K., Millington soon moved into mainstream filmmaking, starring in a succession of soft porn comedies -- Come Play with Me in 1977 became one of the most successful films in British movie-making history. Her other vehicles included Eskimo Nell, The David Galaxy Affair, The Playbirds, and Queen of the Blues. However, her visibility and notoriety made her a sitting target for the authorities, and Millington's last years were spent fighting both the taxman and increasingly regular police raids. Finally beaten down by their constant harassment, she committed suicide on August 19 1979, shortly after completing work on the Sex Pistols movie.