Adult film career
Before becoming a porn star, she was an Off-Broadway actress and dancer who toured with the Martha Graham company. Then in an act of liberation, she turned into a hardcore movie starlet. During her career in the industry, she appeared in over 2,000 movies and directed 38. She made many appearances as a bondage model in underground magazines and, in the 1990s, made the transition from sex films to bondage and S&M videos, nearly always playing the role of a tough dominatrix.
During her heyday in the 1970s and 1980s, she was distinguished by her lean, wiry physique and androgynous appearance — angular facial features with mascara and rouge and short teased hair, which was sometimes worn in a butch mullet style — as well as her vigorous cunnilingus technique. She was the first winner in the "Best Actress - Film" category of the AVN Awards in 1984 and is a member of the AVN Awards Hall of Fame.
As an erotic performer, Miss Mitchell was a soft butch lesbian. She also performed sex scenes with men (often as part of a bisexual threesome with another female performer), but this was usually in her early career.
Later she became addicted to heroin, a habit which she successfully overcame, and she has been drug free since the early 1990s. She subsequently refers to her 16-year addiction to heroin as her "blackout years".
On March 30, 1996, she was attacked and raped by an admirer who almost killed her. After that incident, she left the sex industry to go back to college. She earned a Ph.D. degree in human sexuality from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco
Partial list of magazine appearances
- 1990: Tight Ropes 2/04 (House of Milan|HOM)
- 1991: Motorcycle Mistress Mamas #1 (Lyndon Distributors Limited|LDL)
- 1991: Special Request #2 (HOM)
- 1992: Boss Bitch in Bondage #1 (LDL)
- 1992: The Taming of June Bauer #1" (LDL)
- 1994: Punished (bondage magazine)|Punished 3/10 (HOM)
- 1995: Tied & Tickled 2/009