Briana Banks - Biography & Career
Born in Munich, Germany, Banks moved to Britain and then to the United States when she was seven years old. She chose U.S. citizenship when she was 18. Her legal name is Briana Bany. She held various jobs before entering the adult industry; clerk at an arts and crafts store, file clerk and secretary. Then at age 21, she quit her job as an insurance auditor, and responded to a modeling ad in the newspaper.
Briana began her career doing nude modeling (1999) for a number of adult magazines. Her first film was University Coeds 18, in which she performed opposite Brandon Iron. In 2000, Banks appeared in Max Hardcore's Pure Max 1 performing anal, fisting, cum-swallowing and multiple golden shower acts. She entered the industry under the name 'Mirage', but began using the moniker 'Briana Banks' on the advice of fellow star Lita Chase in 2000, after having the first of two breast enlargement operations, taking her up to a size 34DD. Her first appearance as 'Briana' is in the film Decadent Whores 9. She has appeared in Penthouse magazine as Pet of the Month in June 2001 and is billed as having the longest legs in the business (36" inseam). Briana's increasing popularity is n part due to her willingness to perform with just about anyone. She started out doing low budget films, and was discovered by Ed Powers, who is most famous for his shoe-string budget pornos titled Dirty Debutantes. Despite his beer belly, Coke bottle glasses, unshaven face, balding head and his insistance on wearing his nerd glasses and black socks during his sex scenes, has managed to 'jump start' the porn careers of some of the most notable hotties in the industry, including Banks (whom he performed on-screen with at least three times), Penthouse Pets Lori Michaels, Racquel Darrian and Shane (from Shane's World series). Banks has performed scenes with black guys and has done a number of lesbian films, including a hardcore gangbang titled, "The Violation of Briana Banks." One of the hottest Penthouse Pets ever.
Banks is currently signed with Vivid Entertainment. She has award-winning anal sex scenes to her credit.
In 2002 Briana had an action figure made in her likeness. The Los Angeles based company Cyber F/X used laser-scanning equipment to create an exact computer model of her body and head. The computer model was then used by Sota Toys to create the action figure. She has a ribbon tattoo on her lower back and a tattoo of a spiderweb on her elbow.
She married fellow pornstar Bobby Vitale in 2003. On her myspace page Briana recently mentioned that they are sadly no longer together.
Briana was a contributing author in the 2004 book How To Have a XXX Sex Life: The Ultimate Vivid Guide. In the book she and other Vivid contract stars give advice and tips about sex, as well as relate anecdotes from their personal sex-lives.
On 13 October 2006, WTAE-TV News in Pittsburgh, PA reported that Banks was filing a Federal lawsuit against a sex toy manufacturer, claiming the company violated an agreement to make molds of her genitals. Briana Banks' lawsuit claims Doc Johnson Enterprises made 10 unauthorized products from those reproductions. Banks claimed the agreement was that the company would only make two. Banks seeks more than $75,000 in damages. The lawyer for Doc Johnson Enterprises said the suit is a desperate attempt for Banks to get her name in the news. The story also referred to Banks as a "local porn star", leading one to believe she currently resides somewhere within the Allegheny County region of Pennsylvania.