Born in Chicago, Illinois on July 9, 1958, Joan Desiree Ruedelstein could not have imagined that 26 years later she’d be most notably recognized as Jeannie Pepper, porn star. At the start of her career Jeannie Pepper was one of very few African American women that were making it in the porn industry (one of many industries infamous for its racism). She has appeared in over 200 adult films since she began her career in 1984. In 1997 Jeannie became the first African American woman to be inducted into the Adult Video News (AVN) Hall of Fame. She was still making appearances in films up until 2007. Today, while you can’t find 53-year-old Jeannie Pepper in any recently filmed movies, the movies of her later years are easily accessible to all. (Although, I would not recommend Google-ing her at the workplace!)

-Post by Crosby Fitzgerald, Tulane University Student