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Shauna Grant  in "The Early Years"  (1988) (with Ron Jeremy,Stephanie Taylor,Traci Lords)
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The Death of Shauna Grant: Entertainment Tonight
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[USA Movie] N4des in Limbo (1983) - Laurie Andell, Shauna Grant and [l7+]
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Shauna Grant Frontline Special  Death of a Porn Queen 1987 Part 2
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Shauna Grant Interview from 1983
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ELECTRIC BLUE- SHAUNA GRANT
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Shauna Grant Frontline Special  Death of a Porn Queen 1987 Part 1
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Shauna Grant: Suzie Superstar (1983)
Shauna Grant: Suzie Superstar (1983)
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Shauna Grant
Shauna Grant
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Suzie Superstar (1983) Edited trailer. Shauna Grant, Ron Jeremy, John Leslie, Joey Silvera
Suzie Superstar (1983) Edited trailer. Shauna Grant, Ron Jeremy, John Leslie, Joey Silvera
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New Shauna Grant gallery
New Shauna Grant gallery
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SHAUNA GRANT Gravesite
SHAUNA GRANT Gravesite
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Shauna Grant in "Penthouse Love Stories" (1986)
Shauna Grant in "Penthouse Love Stories" (1986)
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Shauna Grant Frontline Special  Death of a Porn Queen 1987 Part 3
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Laurie Smith talking about Shauna Grant
Laurie Smith talking about Shauna Grant
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Summer Camp Girls (1983) starring Shauna Grant,Tara Aire,Kimberly Carson & more..
Summer Camp Girls (1983) starring Shauna Grant,Tara Aire,Kimberly Carson & more..
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Shauna Grant Frontline Special  Death of a Porn Queen 1987 Part 4
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Suzie Superstar (1983) starring Shauna Grant
Suzie Superstar (1983) starring Shauna Grant
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Shauna Grant The Last Queen 2
Shauna Grant The Last Queen 2
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Suzi Superstar Shauna Grant 2 Performances
Suzi Superstar Shauna Grant 2 Performances
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Danielle talking about Shauna Grant
Danielle talking about Shauna Grant
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Shauna Grant: Goddess
Shauna Grant: Goddess
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The Daily Pravda, In the Studio "Shauna Grant"
The Daily Pravda, In the Studio "Shauna Grant"
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She
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Shauna Grant
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Ash/Serena/Clemont Vs. Tierno/Trevor/Shauna
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Marianas Trench - Haven
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WeAreTeachers Grant Winner Shauna S.
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LilBit (Shauna) Rollling To Tko Roller coaster
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Running Around The House
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Marianas Trench - All To Myself Live
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Another Night
Another Night
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Pokémon XY Mega Lucario x Pikachu! Shauna, Trevor and Tierno!
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Rollertoaster  ( Farrah holly katelyn Shauna and grace )
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Shattered Innocence (TV Movie) Feature Clip
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Ash ( Satoshi )| Serena | Clemont ( Citron ) VS Tierno | Shauna | Trevor || Pokemon XY AMV
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Laura Lazarre aka Laura Lazarre
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Shauna George Exeter
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Pokemon Y Wedlocke Part 1 - Smoker Shauna Returns
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Pokemon X - Beginning & Vs Shauna
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2014 Class 2 Girls 100m Final Boys and Girls Championships   Shauna Helps
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Pokemon X/Y - Walkthrough/Playthrough - Part 1 - [Intro, Vs. Shauna]
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Pokemon XY Anime Series - New Upcoming Episodes Features Shauna, Tierno and Trevor!!!
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Shauna Grant
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Born Colleen Marie Applegate
(1963-05-30)May 30, 1963
Bellflower, California, U.S.
Died March 23, 1984(1984-03-23) (aged 20)
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Other names Callie Aimes
Callie Aims
Colleen Applegate
Shauna Grant
No. of adult films 76 including compilations (per IAFD)

Colleen Marie Applegate, known by her stage name Shauna Grant (May 30, 1963 – March 23, 1984), was an American nude model and pornographic performer. She ran away from her small town in Minnesota and proceeded to appear in over 30 pornographic films, earning up to $100,000 in her two-year career. A drug addict, Grant killed herself after the arrest of her partner in March, 1984.[1] She was inducted into the XRCO Hall of Fame in 1999.[2] She was sometimes credited as Callie Aimes, Callie Aims, or Colleen Applegate.

Early life[edit]

Born in Bellflower, California, Colleen Applegate grew up in the small town of Farmington, Minnesota. Her family moved there in 1973, when her father took a managerial position with Central Telephone Company of Minnesota. Applegate was a cheerleader in high school and graduated from Farmington High in 1981. She stayed in the small town, working first as a cashier and then as a repair clerk with the phone company. There, one night in December that year, she consumed a handful of prescription sinus pills in a suicide gesture.[citation needed]

In PBS' Frontline: "Death of a Porn Queen" profile (episode 5.13, U.S. airdate June 8, 1987),[3] her father, Phil Applegate, admitted that he never discussed the suicide attempt with his daughter; he and his wife at the time (Colleen's mother, Karen Applegate) believed their daughter was merely seeking attention. According to the Frontline piece, the entire family had at least one group session at a counseling center during which no one really talked about the situation.

In March 1982, when the news spread about her overdose, Applegate ran away from home with her boyfriend,[1] Mike Marcell, and moved to California. Applegate left behind her parents, a brother, and three sisters.

Adult film career[edit]

After arriving in Los Angeles, Applegate and Marcell unsuccessfully pursued several employment leads in the first month. Then Marcell saw an ad for the World Modeling Agency in Van Nuys, which diligently sought attractive new recruits for "figure modeling". Accompanied by Marcell, Applegate visited the agency's owner, Jim South, who set up a photo session with legendary soft-core photographer J. Stephen Hicks, whose work was frequently featured in Penthouse.

Her first pictorial's theme featured a mock camping set and was to be published by Club. Hicks reflected on Applegate's appearance and personality, saying: "I deal with a lot of girls who are new in the business, a lot of young girls and a lot of girls from out of town. Colleen was so incredibly young and naive. She was completely un-hip and non-L.A."

Her wholesome, "girl next door" looks soon landed her work posing for other magazines such as Hustler Magazine and Penthouse. But Hicks advised Applegate to get out of nude modeling quickly, because when all of the magazines had used her, the only thing left for her would be hardcore movies. "You know, you take a typical girl that's used to working at McDonald's or at a shoe store, where she's used to making a minimum wage, and suddenly she's given the opportunity to get made up, and be in front of people who tell her she's beautiful, and make as much money in a day as she was making in three weeks and, um, they change. They change. And that's sad."[citation needed]

Almost immediately, Applegate progressed to filming hardcore photo sessions for Suze Randall.

Applegate's relationship with her boyfriend did not endure their first two months in California; Marcell left her to return to Minnesota and ultimately joined the U.S. Army. Before his induction, he informed her small town that Applegate was involved with pornography, which caused her family much embarrassment. In the Frontline documentary, Marcell refused to speak to the show's reporter about his relationship with Applegate, except to say that he no longer cared about her.[3]

Ignoring Hicks' advice, Applegate continued working with World Modeling Agency, where she met veteran porn producer Bobby Hollander. Hollander launched her adult film career, suggesting what he felt was a "classy" stage name, Shauna Grant.

As a fast-rising adult-entertainment personality, she was featured in Virginia, Suzie Superstar, and Flesh and Laces 1 & 2, among many other films. Her pay rose from $300 a day to nearly $1,500. As Shauna Grant, she made dozens of popular adult movies, usually plot-oriented. In Suzie Superstar, she played the lead singer of a rock band.

Grant only did heterosexual scenes, in contrast to most female porn performers, who also do lesbian scenes regardless of their sexual orientation.[citation needed] Off-screen she traveled in limousines and stayed in first-class hotels.

Grant was provided with her own make-up artist, 27-year-old Laurie Smith (who was also an adult star). Smith, who co-starred with Grant in several movies (including Suzie Superstar, The Young Like It Hot, and Bad Girls IV), also became Grant's best friend—and fellow cocaine partier—during that period. She quit the adult film business for a short time following Grant's suicide.[citation needed]

Grant's popularity earned her three acting nominations at the March 1984 Erotic Film Awards. However, despite these accolades and her beauty, Grant had some difficulty getting work due to her cocaine addiction and lack of "enthusiasm" during sex scenes. In some circles she acquired the nickname "Applecoke" and gained a reputation for being flaky.[citation needed]

By industry standards, Grant was early in her career when it suddenly came to an end.[citation needed]

Retirement[edit]

In 1983, Grant retired from the adult film industry after less than a year and just over 30 films and videos, in which she had sex onscreen with 37 men, and after contracting herpes and having an abortion.[4] She disliked the industry, although she regarded Joey Silvera well.[citation needed]

The night of the 8th Annual Adult Film Association Awards show, at the Coconut Grove Ambassador Hotel, she was a multiple nominee and presenter (with John Leslie). While her desire for work in mainstream films was not working out, she was so prestigious at the time that famed director Francis Ford Coppola was seated at her table.[citation needed]

That night she agreed to work on her first adult film in ten months. Matinee Idol was due to begin filming in eight days in San Francisco, California. A few days after the awards show, her Minnesota boyfriend flew to Los Angeles to see her, but Grant and Smith had partied for two days, and Grant forgot about his arrival until the last minute. The beau was stranded at the airport, because neither Grant nor Smith had a car. This was the same day that Ehrlich[who?] telephoned from prison, saying that their relationship was over and that Grant would have to move out.[citation needed]

Grant persuaded her friend, veteran porn actress Kelly Nichols, to take the role intended for Grant. Grant also had the option of returning to Minnesota. Her parents offered to pay for her college expenses, but she believed she would no longer be comfortable at home in Minnesota.[citation needed]

Death[edit]

On March 21, 1984, Grant committed suicide in Palm Springs by shooting herself with a .22 Long Rifle. Shortly after 7 p.m. she lay down, placed the gun horizontally against her head, and pulled the trigger. The shot passed through her right temple, out the left, and into the bedroom wall, according to police reports. The gun was discharged from such close range that the bullet left virtually star-shaped holes. Brain dead, Grant was rushed to Desert Hospital, where life support systems were disconnected after two days.

Grant's funeral was held on March 28, 1984, at St. Michael's Church, a Catholic parish near the center of Farmington, Minnesota. Members of the adult film industry did not attend the ceremony, believing their presence would only exacerbate the family's anguish. Instead, they contributed flowers and letters. Grant was buried in her favorite color, pink.

Preliminary investigations by Palm Springs police posed questions regarding the circumstances surrounding Grant's death. Weeks after the event, police were still awaiting results of toxicological and gun-residue tests. The possibility of a foul play investigation hung in the balance.

She was buried at the Saint Michaels Catholic Cemetery, Farmington.[5]

Depiction in popular culture[edit]

Motion pictures[edit]

  • Adult filmmaker Roberta Findlay made the controversial Shauna: Every Man's Fantasy (1985), about Grant's suicide.
  • Grant's career and death were fictionalized as the basis for the television movie Shattered Innocence (1988), starring Jonna Lee, a film that bears little resemblance to Grant's actual life. Her parents used their proceeds from selling the movie rights to fund Grant's tombstone.

Music[edit]

  • The musician Klaus Flouride honored Grant in the song "Dancing with Shauna Grant", from his album The Light is Flickering (1991). The song also mentions Virginia and Suzie Superstar, both of which are films that Grant starred in.
  • American death metal band Ripping Corpse wrote a song for their album Dreaming with the Dead (1991) about Grant, entitled "Deeper Demons". The lyrics question why such a tragic fate befell "little Colleen".
  • Christian metal band Mastedon wrote a song called "Innocent Girl", in memory of Shauna Grant on their debut album It's a Jungle Out There! (1989). The lyrics were written by the former Kansas lead John Elefante and his brother Dino.
  • Pop-punk band J Church wrote a song about the life and suicide of Grant called "Girl In A Magazine", which appeared on their 7" This Song Is For Kathi (1992).

Notable television appearances[edit]

  • Hard Copy: "Shauna Grant" (18 June 1990), as "Herself" (archive footage)
  • Frontline: "Death of a Porn Queen" (8 June 1987), as "Herself" (archive footage; originally produced as a local special report for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b John Baxter (February 10, 2009). Carnal Knowledge: Baxter's Concise Encyclopedia of Modern Sex. HarperCollins. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-06-087434-6. Retrieved December 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://business.avn.com/articles/video/Masseuse-3-and-Caf-Flesh-2-Top-XRCO-Awards-36335.html
  3. ^ a b "Death of a Porn Queen (ep. 5.13)". Frontline. June 8, 1987. 
  4. ^ PBS's Frontline: "Death of a Porn Queen" (airdate June 8, 1987), reported by Al Austin, produced by Andy Greenspan
  5. ^ Shauna Grant at Find a Grave
  • Johnson, Thomas S. "Feeding on Shauna Grant: Ritual Cannibalism in Two Documentary Retrospectives". Journal of Popular Culture 36 (1). pp. 25–43. 
  • London, Michael (May 6, 1984). "The Death of Colleen". Los Angeles Times. pp. R3–R9. 
  • McNeil, Legs (with Osborne, Jennifer & Pavia, Peter) (2004). "Shattered Innocence (Los Angeles/Farmington, Minnesota, 1983–1984". The Other Hollywood, The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry (Regan Books, Harper Collins). pp. 359–370. 
  • Riley Patrick (1997). Shauna Grant. The X-Rated Videotape Star Index II, A Guide to Your Favorite Adult Film Stars (Prometheus Books). pp. 612–613. 
  • London, Michael (May 19, 1984). "Small-Town Girl Meets Death in Porn World". Syracuse Post-Standard. p. A-9.  Reprinted from The Los Angeles Times.
  • Howard Rosenberg (June 16, 1987). "Porn Queen: Uplifting and Sad Documentary". Syracuse Post-Standard. p. D-7.  Reprinted from The Los Angeles Times.
  • London, Michael (May 13, 1984). "Death of a Dream". The Milwaukee Journal. p. 1. 

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Matsuo, Alex (June 25, 2014). "10 Adult Entertainers Who Died Tragically Young". TheRichest. 

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