In Italy, the Swedish Marina Lothar rose to prominence in the early 1980s, as well as Moana Pozzi, Ilona Staller (Cicciolina), Lilli Carati, and Barbarella.Most pornographic films are directed at a heterosexual male viewer, and the primary focus and most on-screen time is on the women in them.
A pornographic actor (or actress for female), or porn star, is a person who performs sex acts in film that is usually characterized as a pornographic film.
Such films tend to be made in a number of distinct pornographic subgenres and attempt to present a sexual fantasy and the actors selected for a particular role are primarily selected on their ability to create or fit that fantasy.
This "golden age" lasted from the 1970s through the late-70s or early 1980s.
Sex films of this era had specific storylines, plots, and promotional budgets. Such performers include Peter Berlin, John Holmes, Ginger Lynn Allen, Porsche Lynn, Desireé Cousteau, Juliet Anderson ("Aunt Peg"), Lisa De Leeuw, Veronica Hart, Nina Hartley, Harry Reems, Seka, Annette Haven and Amber Lynn.
The pornography industry in the United States was the first to develop its own movie star system, especially for commercial reasons.