Chris May writes:
Plenty of legendary movies have inspired little rumors and bits of alleged trivia – some true, most not – and the original Debbie Does Dallas is no different. Since it’s release in 1978, rumors have raged on about how it’s supposed to feature real Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders (it doesn’t), how some scenes were shot on the campus of the prestigious Pratt Institute (they were), and how it’s one of the best adult movies ever made (not even close). Stories like these have kept the movie in the public eye for the past 30 years, inspiring more than 40 sequels, a stage musical, and a popular pay-cable documentary series.
But one of the biggest legends associated with the film concerns its star, Bambi Woods. After making Debbie and one or two sequels, Bambi disappeared off the face of the earth. Some people (like the cheesy hype-hounds behind the bogus “documentary” Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered) say she died of a drug overdose. Other people (like Vivid Entertainment honcho Steven Hirsch) say she just wanted get on with her life, and didn’t want the pressure of being a porn star hanging over her head. Well, Bambi has apparently resurfaced, and she’s ready to put all those silly rumors to rest. In a two-part interview with the sleuths over at yesbutnobutyes, Bambi (or someone claiming to be her) tries to clear up the confusion about her post-porn activities (which, to date, do not include OD-ing), her real name (surprisingly, it’s not “Bambi Woods”), and what she earned for appearing in one of the highest-grossing adult movies of all time ($400). Is it really her? Well, if you want to believe in happy endings, then sure…why not.
– Chris May