Born December 14, 1962 in Rockford, Illinois American adult film actress and model Ginger Lynn Allen was arguably the premier adult-entertainment star of the 1980s. She also had minor roles in various B-movies. AVN has ranked her at #7 in a list of the 50 greatest adult entertainment stars of all time.
In 1982, she moved to California to become her grandfather’s caregiver after his heart attack. After his death, she had her boyfriend move in with her. She then got an advertising contract with the World Modeling Agency in September 1983 and did a pictorial for Penthouse, which brought her to the attention of the adult entertainment industry.
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She later left the adult entertainment industry and began using her full name, Ginger Lynn Allen, and found work in a variety of B-movies. She had a late career return to the adult industry and made a brief series of movies. Allen is a member of AVN, NightMoves Adult Entertainment, and XRCO Halls of Fame.
Allen has received various awards from AVN, XRCO including the XRCO Hall of Fame and in the 2007 NightMoves Adult Entertainment Hall of Fame.
Allen was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2000 and underwent a total hysterectomy and some chemotherapy which made her cancer free.