Profile: Candy Samples

Aka: Vivian Andresen, Mary Gavin, Lydia Chase, Mary Wendover

Real Name: Mary

Date of Birth: 12/04/1940

Place of Birth: Missouri, USA

Porn Film Debut: 1971

Candy Samples may not have been one of the most stunning porn actress of the early 1970s, but what made her stand out was her impressive, natural 48DD-24-36 figure on her petite 5’4”/1,63m frame.

"When I turned 21, I knew my breasts would turn out to be something special ... and they've been pretty special ever since."

Candy was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1940. I don’t know much about her early years but she may have been illegitimate and her upbringing was apparently strict – her mother had been abused, and she tried to shelter her daughter. The result was that Candy would later admit her sex life began quite late and she was 28 before discovering oral sex.

Candy apparently moved to L.A. in 1964 as a widowed single mother, raising her son on Social Security. She eventually began modelling around 1968.

"I've always been a nudist at heart, which is surprising as I'm from the conservative mid-west. However, when I was bouncing down the street in Marina Del Rey, California and Dick J. approached me to model for him and when he said it was nude modelling, I thought maybe. About two weeks later I called him and my career was launched."

Candy began her career as a classic pinup model, posing in a lot of black & white "cheesecake" poses that were published in numerous big-boob and men's magazines in the 1960s, such as Gent. In 1971 she began appearing in softcore movies, eventually drifting into hardcore. Her earliest porn film that I am aware of is Ensenada Pickup (1971), which also stars the luscious Rene Bond.

Over the next few years she made half-a-dozen porn films, but most of her appearances were in softcore, non-sex roles. Although she continued to appear in the occassional hardcore photo-shoot, she eventually quit porn films around 1974 because she was afraid of being prosecuted; the pitiful money most porn actors and actresses made at the time was another incentive to get out.

She continued appearing in softcore B’ movies throughout the 1970s, the most famous of which are probably Flesh Gordon (1974) and Russ Meyer’s Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens (1979), which also starred Kitten Natividad and Uschi Digard.

Around 1979 she briefly returned to porn, appearing in a string of 8mm softcore and hardcore loops. Many of her softcore loops also included Natividad and Digard.

She made a full-time return to porn in the early 1980s, when she starred in a series on instantly forgettable movies - the only one really worth checking out is Best Little Whorehouse in San Francisco (1985), which actually stars Amber Lynn in the lead role. By this point Candy had also augmented her breast size to an incredible 48EE, as well as having plastic surgery on her nose.

Despite the size of her tits though, Candy Samples was basically a novelty act by this point, and with a new generation of porn girls like Ginger Lynn, Amber Lynn and Traci Lords appearing on the scene, she decided it was time to quit.

Candy Samples is now "happily married and happily retired."

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