In France, popular female performers have included Brigitte Lahaie, Marylin Jess, Clara Morgane, Katsuni and Yasmine Lafitte. In Mexico, Maritza Mendez and Silvia Loret have become famous in recent years.In Italy, the Swedish Marina Lothar rose to prominence in the early 1980s, as well as Moana Pozzi, Ilona Staller (Cicciolina), Lilli Carati, and Barbarella.
The pornography industry in the United States was the first to develop its own movie star system, especially for commercial reasons.
In other countries, the "star" system is not common, with most actors being amateurs.
Most pornographic films are directed at a heterosexual male viewer, and the primary focus and most on-screen time is on the women in them.
Pornographic films attempt to present a sexual fantasy and actresses are selected on their ability to create or fit that fantasy.
The Venus Awards are presented each year in Berlin as part of the Venus Berlin trade fair.
The number of pornographic film actors who have worked in the United States can be indicated by number of actors tested by Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation (AIM).
Arguably the first pornstar to become a household name was Linda Lovelace (the pseudonym, of Linda Susan Boreman) from New York City, who starred in the 1972 feature Deep Throat.
It was Casey Donovan who starred in the very first mainstream pornographic hit, Boys in the Sand, in 1971, nearly a year before Deep Throat.
A pornographic actor (or actress for female), or porn star, is a person who performs sex acts in film that is usually characterized as a pornographic film.