New York City, NY – My dear friend and legendary superstar of adult films, Jamie Gillis passed away from Melanoma, two days ago. It was only a few months back that we spent the afternoon in his quaint, 1800’s, historical home in NYC, shooting an interview with Cass Paley. There was a lush green tranquil court yard in the back of the crooked little house which offered a beautiful, softly diffused natural, light. A few minutes to set up equipment, tripod, camera, tape, angle a reflector or two, wire Jamie to the microphone, and we were on our way.
When Jaime spoke it was like an old sage sharing the wisdom of the elders with a young apprentice. He spoke of times of sexual revolution, civil rights, the dawning of the Age of Aquarius and the early days of porn. I hope the youth of the world never forget the courage and political commitment of men like Jamie Gillis.
Alexandra Silk & I spent several precious evenings with Jamie and our gang of New York City based, adult celebrities including, his lady, Zarela, Fred Lincoln, Vanessa del Rio, Candia Royalle, Edward Mapplethorpe, Michele Capozzi, Veronica Vera, and other close friends. Jaime never let any of us know he was sick. He was a thoughtful man who never wanted to impose on others.
I hope Jamie is in eternal bliss, wrapped comfortably in the arms of his sisters including our precious Marilyn Chambers, Erica Boyer, Linda Lovelace, Terry Diver, Savanah, our angel Missy and hanging with his nasty boys, Bruce-7 and Duck Dumont. May Jamie be fondly remembered by all his leading ladies. Rest in Peace.
Finally, my heart goes out to Jaime’s loved ones, especially Zarela who helped add love, joy and a lot of great spicy food to the last years of Jamie’s life. May all that you have given, come back to you tenfold.