Traci Lords Bio Blocked
"Traci Lords' manager [Juliet Green] told me that she was asking people not to do interviews with me." Local writer Jamie Gardner's unauthorized biography of the recording artist (Control, 1,000 Fires), TV star ( Melrose Place ) and former underage porn star (Tailhouse Rock) has hit several roadblocks since Green contacted him unexpectedly. "She complained that I was conducting interviews with various people who'd known or worked with Traci. She never told me how she got my number but she asked me not to write the book. I told her that I planned to continue but that I'd put a clarification in my future letters and phone calls, letting people know her stance, that she didn't approve of the book."
Did Green indicate why she objected to his efforts sight-unseen? "She told me 'When Traci's story is told, it will be Traci who'll tell it.' She also told me that, for the [TV show bio] E! True Hollywood Story, she asked John Waters, Aaron Spelling and Rosanne not to do interviews for that either."
Gardner says his book spends a lot of time covering (and, he points out, publicizing) Lords' "legit" showbiz career, which includes hit dance Cds and soundtrack cuts for Mortal Kombat and Virtuousity, as well as roles in dozens of B-Z grade films and TV shows like Rosanne and Married...With Children. "But I think they [Lords and Green] are afraid I'll focus too much on her notorious X-Rated past." Many are turning down his interview requests (including directors Sam Riami and John Waters) but others are talking to him, such as longtime porn figures Don Fernando and Bobby Hollander "The ironic thing is that, by silencing people who've done mainstream work with [Lords], it's like they're trying to leave nothing to focus on but the adult movies. And they have to be dealt with. Not to would be like doing a biography of Pamela Anderson and not mentioning that she was in Playboy."