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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 22 July 1947Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameDonna Graff

Mini Bio (1)

Born and raised in Hollywood--her father was veteran character actor Fred Graff--Erica Gavin spent her teenage years as, she says, "a stoned-out hippie", and at 19 was dancing at a topless bar called Losers (with future colleagues Haji and Tura Satana). One day while waiting at her dentist's office she saw an ad in "Variety" for girls to audition for a new Russ Meyer movie. She applied, and found herself cast in the title role in the soft core classic Vixen! (1968), the first mainstream (non-porn) X-rated film. Audiences had never seen anything quite like the film, or Erica, and the movie was a financial (and, surprisingly enough, critical) smash and propelled her into virtually instant stardom. However, after only two more films--Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) and Caged Heat (1974), a Roger Corman women-in-prison picture--she abruptly left Hollywood and stayed away for almost 30 years. She has only recently taken some tentative steps at re-entering the movie business, attending a retrospective of "Vixen", setting up her own website and being scheduled to attend fan conventions.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Trivia (5)

Was working as an exotic dancer at a bar called "The Losers" before becoming an actress.
Daughter of Fred Graff.
After leaving the film industry in the 1970s, she went into the retail clothing/fashion business, where she stayed for 25 years. She was a personal shopper for Barneys of New York and later general manager of Fred Segal Clothiers in Los Angeles.
As a child she auditioned for a role on The Mickey Mouse Club (1955), but a bad case of stage fright caused her to forget all the lines she had memorized, and she flunked the audition.
Still living in the Los Angeles area, she works as a stylist.

Personal Quotes (1)

I was a stoned out hippie. Movies? Please! I was living in Laurel Canyon and tripping my brains out going to acid tests.

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