Deep Throat director, dead at 80

Posted on November 3, 2008 

Gerard Damiano, ‘Deep Throat’ director, dead at 80

Gerard Damiano, director of the pioneering pornographic film that lent its name to the Watergate whistleblower known as “Deep Throat,” has died. He was 80.

“He was a filmmaker and an artist and we thought of him as such,” the younger Damiano said. “Even though we weren’t allowed to see his movies, we knew he was a moviemaker, and we were proud of that.”

Damiano’s “Deep Throat” was a mainstream box-office success and helped launch the modern hardcore adult-entertainment industry. Shot in six days for just $25,000, the 1972 flick became a cultural must-see for Americans who had just lived through the sexual liberation of the 1960s.

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