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January 27, 2006

Former porn star dies in car crash outside Las Vegas


LAS VEGAS (AP) - A retired porn star still easing into a life outside the adult film business has died in a car crash on a dangerous stretch of highway south of Las Vegas.

Anna Hotop-Stout, 38, known to the adult film world as Anna Malle, died Wednesday after the car she was traveling in collided with a pickup truck while making a U-turn. She had not been wearing a seat belt, Nevada Highway Patrol officers said.

In her 15-year career, Hotop-Stout made more than 300 films, about one-third of them with her husband, retired porn actor Hank Armstrong.

She was born near Havana, Ill., raised in Fort Madison, Iowa, and began working in the porn industry in California in the early 1990s, Armstrong said Friday. Her first film "Here Comes Anna Malle" was released in 1994. One of her favorites was 1995's "Naked Desert," her husband said.

Hotop-Stout had retired from the film business a year ago and was working at a Bloomingdale's wedding registry in Las Vegas, Armstrong said.

"She didn't want to be known as the old chick that had to work," he said. "She wanted a normal life again."

The Las Vegas resident was a passenger in a 2005 Dodge Stratus that was making a U-turn on state Route 160 when it turned into the path of a 1985 Chevrolet pickup truck, the Nevada Highway Patrol said. She was taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where she died.

The accident occurred on 50-mile stretch of state Route 160 that runs to Pahrump. Also known as Blue Diamond Road, the mostly two-lane highway has been the scene of 11 accident-related deaths in the past six months.


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