Once Upon a Time… In the Valley

Jul 28 2020 35 mins 1.3k

Before there were sex tapes, there were sex tapes. Before there were stars who became bigger stars when their private porn went public, there were porn stars. Traci Lords. The first, the best, the O.G. Hardcore since ’84. From the Peabody-nominated C13Originals studios and Vanity Fair's Lili Anolik, comes Once Upon a Time… in the Valley, featuring Ashley West. In the roaring 1980s X world, Traci Lords reigned supreme. No one questioned her right to sovereignty. Only, it turned out, the biggest star in Adult, wasn’t one. As America would discover in July 1986, when the FBI busted down her door. Traci Lords was really Nora Kuzma, who entered the industry as a 15-year-old high school sophomore. Traci, the victim, was saved. And the industry, the villain, was very nearly destroyed. But what if the victim here was also the villain; the villain, also the victim? Once Upon a Time… in the Valley is the world's first real-life psychological thriller and porno-noir mystery. Just think Boogie Nights—if Boogie Nights had a three-way with Gone Girl and A Star is Born.

3.5 • 2 Ratings

mikeymike Aug 03 2020
So well done. Great hosts, interesting subject matter, wonderful production values

PallasKat Aug 01 2020
The tone of this podcast is campy/snide, which is very "eighties" but also very inappropriate to a heartbreaking story of abuse. Of course TL used every survival tactic available to her, including lying and manipulation. She was 15, FFS. There's interesting material here but the fairy tale good vs evil frame means there's no way to mine its complexities.