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Shattered Innocence (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 9 March 1988
A HS grad leaves behind her modest life and finds work in the Sex industry. It ends in disaster.

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A HS grad leaves behind her modest life and finds work in the Sex industry. It ends in disaster.

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She's a good girl with a bad habit.

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The real "Pauline" (a.k.a. Shauna Grant) was born Colleen Marie Applegate on May 20, 1963. She was born in California but moved with her family to Minnesota in 1973. She moved back to California in 1982 and fell into the adult movie industry. She retired from adult films in 1983. Her parents offered to pay her tuition to college if she moved back home to Minnesota but she declined thinking she would no longer feel comfortable there. Sadly, she took her life on March 23, 1984. She was 20-years old. See more »

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In the film the lead has a fake ID stating she is 21 while she is only 19 but in 1983 the legal drinking age in the US was 19 and didn't change to 21 until 1985. See more »

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Dave: [sees Pauleen with her arms folded to her vest] Now, I know this is your first time, but if you keep folding your arms up like that, we're all gonna be late for dinner.
Pauleen Anderson: [nervously] Mr. Gates said I could so semi-nude.
Dave: Sure, sure, but right now, you're not wearing much less than they do on Rodeo Drive at high noon.
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Referenced in Wonderland (2003) See more »

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World Turning
by Fleetwood Mac
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Based on the life and death of Colleen Applegate
25 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 1988 made for t.v. movie was based on the life and ultimate suicide of Colleen Applegate, a young woman from Minnesota who went to Hollywood at the age of 18 with dreams of stardom, became a porn star under the name of "Shauna Grant" and then returned to her hometown two years later to be buried, a tragic suicide at the age of 20.

This movie is a fictionalized account of her life and death although apparently her parents did cooperate in the making of this film.

Jonna Lee portrays "Pauline Anderson", the fictionalized version of Colleen. She overacts at times, but otherwise does a competent job of portraying the innocence and then gradual freefall of a young girl who gets ensnared into the adult entertainment industry through cocaine and big money. Melinda Dillon portrays her mother, and does a good job of conveying her character's devastation and shame at her daughter's choice of career, and eventual destruction.

I think what gave this movie more poignancy to me was the fact that it was based on a true story, not just some hack writer's imagination working overtime. How many thousands of young girls go to Hollywood each year with the hopes of breaking into the movies, only to fall into porn, with devastating results? It's a chilling thought, and Colleen's suicide is a reminder of this.


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