Linda Lovelace, star of 'Deep Throat', dies

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The Independent US

An icon of Seventies pornography, Linda Lovelace, has died in a Denver hospital from car crash injuries. The former blue-movie star, whose real name was Linda Boreman, was 53 and had two adult children.

She made her name in Deep Throat, a 1972 colour sex flick that became a minor cultural phenomenon, and took an astonishing £414m at the box office. She was paid £860. The steamy film also had close to an actual plot, with humorous touches.

Ms Boreman had suffered massive internal injuries in the crash on 3 April. She was taken off a life-support machine on Monday. Her former husband, Larry Marchiano, said he was with their children at the hospital when she died. "Everyone might know her as something else, but we knew her as Mom and as Linda," he said. "We divorced five years ago, but she was still my best friend."

In her 1980 autobiography, Ordeal, Ms Boreman said her first husband, from she was divorced in 1973, forced her into pornography at gunpoint. She fled the industry, and became a fixture on the anti-porn lecture circuit, appearing with leading feminists.

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