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better known by her screen name of Arcadia Lake
(September 3, 1957 – September 13, 1990) was a pornographic actress
, best known for her portrayal of Tammy
in the 1978 film Debbie Does Dallas
Little is known about the non-adult film life of Arcadia Lake. As with most pornographic movie stars, she chose a pseudonym
, partially to protect her real identity, also to foster a more memorable identity for herself and her career. Most sources generally agree, however, that her birth name was Michelle Carpenter.
Her ex-husband said that before her adult film career Lake had been a drug addict. She met porn star Eric Edwards
in the late-1970s, who later claimed that she "was the first person I thought I really loved." Feeling that the government
was not doing enough to help her, Edwards guided her through a detox
program to stop taking methadone
. Her resolve to get clean from drugs impressed and enamored Edwards and, after a year in the program, she managed to overcome, at least temporarily, her addictions.
From 1980 to 1981, Edwards and Lake were married, and she presumably took his legitimate last name of Everett, although the details of her marriage, as with much of her life,... Read More