Powered by PornMD
Tina Russell (September 23, 1948 - May 18, 1981), was the stage name of a pioneering adult film actress active in New York between about 1970 and 1975. She also performed in some of the earliest "live sex shows" to appear in New York in the early-1970s (they actually featured simulated sex). Russell was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
In the late-1960s, she married photographer John Sanderson, later called Jason Russell, and the couple moved to New York City, where Russell enrolled in New York University. Under the pseudonyms Jason and Tina Russell, the couple began their film careers appearing in short, pornographic "loops" which were shown in peepshows in New York's Times Square. They appeared in a number of "marriage manual" films during the early-1970s and Tina Russell was a featured actress in some of the earliest hardcore pornographic feature films to be produced in New York.
Sometime in the mid-1970s, the Russells' relationship came to an end. Tina Russell became depressed and alcoholic. She was visiting her brother in San Diego in May 1981 when she collapsed and was hospitalized. She died several days later of renal failure. Russell is buried in Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville, Pennsylvania, under her birth name.
In 1985, Russell was posthumously inducted into the X-Rated Critics Organization Hall of Fame.