This movie is based on the real-life porn actress Pauline Applegate (stage name Shauna Grant). When Pauline comes home for Christmas the first time and is showing her sisters her portfolio, a photo of Colleen Applegate is seen in the portfolio. The camera cuts to her mother and then back to the photos, the photo shown is of Colleen Applegate.
Colleen's mother doesn't believe she killed herself, she believes she was murdered in a plot set up by her cocaine-dealing boyfriend, Jake Erlich (called 'Mel Erman' in this movie). Her mother believes that when Erlich went to prison and ended the relationship, he was afraid Colleen would reveal his drug connections. However, the Palm Springs police department feel certain that it was a suicide and the case remains closed.
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.