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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 23 September 1948Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of Death 18 May 1981Vista, California, USA  (multiple organ failure)
Birth NameLinda Marie Mintzer
Height 5' 3½" (1.61 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tina Russell was born Linda Marie Mintzer on Sept. 23, 1948, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to John H. and Margaret Ditzler Mintzer. She grew up in Williamsport and graduated from high school there in 1966. Her senior photo shows a mature brunette with a "Laura Petrie" hairstyle, looking more like a future nurse than a porn star. She became one of the best known adult film actresses of the "Golden Age" of porn, admired for her fresh looks and evident enthusiasm for her on-screen liaisons. The Williamsport city directories of 1968- 1970 show Russell living at home and listed as a student, but she moved to New York City to attend New York University shortly thereafter. Along with her husband Jason Russell (born John Sanderson) - several years her elder - she began modeling in sexually oriented photographs and performed in so-called "live sex shows" (the "sex" at the period was usually pantomimed). After appearing in 16mm "stag" loops, Russell began to take small roles in feature films during early 1970s. Russell only really acquired star status, however, after the publication of her 1973 memoir, Porno Star, in which she described - in often glowing terms - her life in the New York adult film industry. She and Jason separated shortly thereafter and Tina's star sank as quickly as it had risen. Rumors of alcohol abuse haunt her later years. On May 18, 1981, Tina Russell died of multiple organ failure at the Tri-City hospital in Vista, CA after having visited her brother in San Diego. She is buried in Resurrection Cemetery in Montoursville, PA, where her father is also buried.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denis Sherman<stidumsherman@yahoo.com> and Michael J. Bowen

Spouse (1)

Jason Russell (? - ?)

Trivia (7)

Husband Jason became involved with Jean Jennings. This broke up their marriage and Tina became a chronic alcoholic, which led to her early death.
Met her husband Jason Russell while attending college in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Had a younger brother, John.
Was a member of the student council in high school. Moreover, Russell was a straight A student in grade school.
Originally planned on being a nurse.
Both her parents were alcoholics.
Had issues with anorexia and an addiction to pills later in her life.

Personal Quotes (1)

[from a newspaper interview in the early 1970's] I do not feel that I am sexually sick because I have been made love to in the presence of as many as 20 or more people. I am not a dirty-minded pervert simply because I feel that sex and other natural and basic functions should be in the cinema.

Salary (1)

Millie's Homecoming (1971) 100

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