French in Action
Remember French in Action? If, like me, you took French in high school and/or college, chances are you were exposed to the ultimate language-instruction soap opera. You'd watch the tapes, follow the adventures of Mireille (meeerrrrray) and Robert (roh-behrrrrrrrrrr), and learn some French along the way. French in Action was famous amongst the students for moments of incongruous hilarity like when Robert realized the hallway outside of his apartment smelled like cat pee (a useful phrase to learn in French, they love their cats) or when, daydreaming about romance with Mireille, gazing up into le ciel bleu (the blue sky), he toppled off a balcony and ended up in the hospital. Only to leave the hospital right after having his cast put on to rescue Mireille from a fire.
Rumors flew amongst my college French class pupils that the actress who played Mireille was actually a porn star at some point. Apparently, this was a well-known fact at many high schools that used the tapes. Unfortunately, there was no cast list available with the tapes, no way to find out her real name. Well, I don't know if you've ever gone into a Paris porn store looking for the oeuvre of a particular actress whose name you don't know (oui, c'est l'actrice de Francais en Action, elle est une porn star) but, well, don't bother.
As luck would have it, a good six years after taking my last French class, it suddenly dawned on me to try iMDb. Guess what I found.
That's her name. Valerie Allain. You've got a web browser. Do what you need to do. I run a clean site here.