THE 90s - THE VIVID FORMULA WORKS
"Vivid is the most powerful studio in America's porn-film industry." -- THE ECONOMIST
Sensational box covers spotlighting the stunning Vivid Girls put the studio on the entertainment map. Fans snapped up Vivid videos at ever-increasing rates and in the1990s Hirsch expanded into new avenues. The Internet became a part of our daily lives, and www.vivid.com became one of the most popular subscription destinations on the Internet. Vivid Girls were regularly featured on billboards in crossroads locations such as Times Square and Sunset Boulevard. The company began to win industry honors, and today has more AVN Awards (described as the "Oscars" of the adult business) than any other studio. Vivid Girls in the 90s included the legendary actresses who were known by their first names alone: Janine, Lexus and the late Savannah, plus stars such as Christiy Canyon, Nikki Tyler, Racquel Darrian (the "brunette goddess of porn"), Chasey Lain, Heather Hunter and Kobe Tai.
It's a common public perception that celebrities have more sexual fun than the rest of us. But not until Vivid Entertainment began its "Vivid-Celeb" imprint did the world literally begin to get an armchair look at the sexual exploits of the rich and famous. Vivid became the first studio to introduce celebrity sex tapes -- Pamela Anderson & Tommy Lee: Hardcore & Uncensored, Janine & Vince Neil: Hardcore and Uncensored, Kim Kardashian Superstar, Jimi Hendrix The Sex Tape and others.
At the dawn of the 90s hardly anyone knew what the word "Internet" meant, but by the end of the decade, practically everyone used it every day.
The USSR collapsed...South Africa freed Nelson Mandela...President Bush (41) presided over the Persian Gulf War...Professor Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment but he was confirmed anyway... cops accused of beating Rodney King acquitted and riots erupt...Bill Clinton elected president...72 die in Branch Davidian siege... World Trade Center bombed for the first time...Nelson Mandela elected President of South Africa...O.J. Simpson was arrested (later acquitted) in killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman...Kurt Cobain killed himself...Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklahoma City Federal Building... Heaven's Gate cult committed mass suicide ...President Clinton accused of having sex in the White House with Monica Lewinsky...war erupts in Kosovo...Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 12 classmates at Columbine High School.
The NC-17 replaces the X-rating... Hot movies: "Driving Miss Daisy," "The Silence of the Lambs," "Schindler's List," "Forrest Gump" and "Titanic"... big music: "Unforgettable" by Nat and Natalie Cole, Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings," Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven"...Jerry Garcia and Joe DiMaggio died...Tupac Shakur shot and killed in a drive-by shooting...Ellen DeGeneres outed herself ...The Rev. Jerry Falwell outs Teletubby Tinky Winky because he was purple and carried a purse.