Briana Banks
Briana Banks is a German-American pornographic actress
Pornographic actor
A pornographic actor/actress or a porn star is a person who appears in pornographic film. Most actors appear nude in films...

 and model.

Early life

Briana Bany was born in Munich
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, Bavaria
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 to a German father and an Italian-
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American mother. They moved to Britain
United Kingdom
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 when she was four years old, and to the Los Angeles, California
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, United States suburb of Simi Valley
Simi Valley
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 when she was seven years old. Her father still lives in Germany. She moved out of her mother's house when she was 16 years old, taking her 14-year-old sister with her. She got custody of her sister when she turned 18. She modeled as a teenager, including a cover of Teen magazine
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. She held various other jobs before entering the adult industry
Sex industry
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; making pizza, clerk at an arts and crafts store, file clerk and secretary.


In 1999, she responded to an ad in the newspaper to do nude model
Nude model
Nude model can refer to:*Model , modeling that has subjects pose without clothing as an aid in creating a work of art*Fetish model, modeling to add eroticism and sexuality to photography, graphic work, internet sites, and paintings...

ing for adult magazines. The photographer put her in a pornographic film. Her first film was University Coeds 18, for Dane Entertainment, in which she performed opposite Brandon Iron
Brandon Iron
Brandon Iron is a Canadian pornographic actor and director.-Performer:Iron's first film was with Ashley Nicole in Bonfire of the Panties in 1991, however he did not start performing on a full time basis until 1997....

. She entered the industry under the name "Mirage", but began calling herself "Briana Banks" in 2000, after having the first of two breast enlargement operations. Having had aspirations of being a supermodel
The term supermodel refers to a highly-paid fashion model who usually has a worldwide reputation and often a background in haute couture and commercial modeling. The term became prominent in the popular culture of the 1980s. Supermodels usually work for top fashion designers and labels...

, she chose the professional surname "Banks" after model Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks
Tyra Lynne Banks is an American model, media personality, actress, occasional singer, author and businesswoman. She first became famous as a model, but television appearances were her commercial breakthrough...

. Her first appearance using the new name was in the film Decadent Whores 9. She was Penthouse magazine's Pet of the Month in June 2001. The same year, she signed with Vivid Entertainment
Vivid Entertainment
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Banks claims to have the longest legs in the business (36 in (91.4 cm) inseam). She has a ribbon tattoo on her lower back
Lower back tattoo
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. For several years, her regular boyfriend was pornographic actor Bobby Vitale
Bobby Vitale
Bobby Vitale, also known as Bobby Vitali, is an American pornographic actor. He entered the adult film industry in 1995 and has performed in over 418 titles. His filmography includes films directed by John Leslie. Vitale has directed two adult films. While married to Briana Banks, he did scenes...

, but they broke up in 2006.

In 2002 Banks was one of the first pornographic actresses to have an action figure
Action figure
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 made in her likeness, by Los Angeles based company Cyber F/X and Sota Toys.

Banks was a contributing author in the 2004 book How To Have a XXX Sex Life: The Ultimate Vivid Guide
(ISBN 9780060581480, from ReganBooks
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), in which she and other Vivid contract stars give advice and tips about sex, as well as relate anecdotes from their personal sex lives.

On October 13, 2006, Banks reportedly filed a federal lawsuit seeking more than US$
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75,000 in damages against Doc Johnson Enterprises charging that they had created unauthorized products from molds of her genitals.


  • Hot D'Or
    Hot d'Or
    Hot d'Or was an adult film industry Pornographic award, awarded annually from 1992 to 2001 in Cannes, France by the French magazine Hot Vidéo. It has been described as the porn equivalent of the Palme d'Or or the Academy Awards. The analogous American honor is the AVN Award...

     Cannes 2001 - Best American New Starlet
  • AVN Awards
    AVN Awards
    The AVN Awards are movie awards sponsored and presented by the American adult video industry trade magazine AVN to honor exceptional performance in various aspects of the creation and marketing of American pornographic movies. They are called the "Oscars of porn"...

     for "Best Renting Title of the Year", and "Best Selling Title of the Year", Briana Loves Jenna
    Briana Loves Jenna
    Briana Loves Jenna is a 2001 pornographic film starring Briana Banks and Jenna Jameson, written and directed by Jay Grdina under the stage name Justin Sterling.-History:...

    , 2003
  • 2009 AVN Hall of Fame
    AVN Hall of Fame
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