The 64 year old passed away on Monday (07Sep15).

Born Candice Vadala, the X-rated star studied music and dance at Parsons The New School of Design in New York and went on to pursue a career in the porn industry.

She appeared in dozens of films from 1975, and later established herself as a director in the male-dominated adult business. Through her Femme Productions firm, which was established in 1984, Vadala was considered a pioneer for making movies aimed more at pleasuring women and helping couples maintain a healthy sex life.

She was also a board member of the Feminists for Free Expression movement and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists.