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Born: 9/13/1951
Aliases: Sandy Stram, Linda Chang

Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Date of Death Monday, December 07, 1987 (details)
Years Active: 1976-1987 (Started around 25 years old)
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black

Linda Wong was born as Linda Carol Ching in Hawaii, but her family soon moved to Mill Valley, and then San Bruno, in San Francisco. She had an uneventful childhood, but she was a popular teenager, and in 1969 was voted Homecoming Queen at Kennedy High School. Linda eventually began working a fashion model, before becoming a bookkeeper and legal secretary in the San Francisco office of attorney Melvin Belli. Linda admits that she “led a pretty straight life, brought up here in San Francisco, and had a closed mind to this kind of [adult] movie.”

Linda became involved in the adult industry when she was 24, partly as a result of her boyfriend’s encouragement, who, she later recalled, “really got off on it.” According to Linda though, “I also wanted to experience different things, test myself.” Her first hardcore porn film was 'Black Silk Stockings' (1975). This was followed over the years with such classics as 'Easy Alice' (1976), 'Baby Face' (1977) and 'China De Sade' (1979). Linda was the first oriental superstar of porn, and soon found herself co-starring with such names as Annette Haven, Leslie Bovee and Candida Royalle. Her performances in front of the camera were always enthusiastic, and she seemed to have no qualms about facial cum-shots or anal sex.

She would later admit that becoming a porn star had caused problems in her private life: “A few old friends won’t have anything to do with me anymore.” An acquaintance of hers recalled that in 1976 "she was bright, articulate, and full of life; in fact she seemed too well-adjusted to be in the adult industry". Despite her success as a porn star though, she never felt completely comfortable with her chosen occupation. "I was never viewed as a human being. The greatest compliment that anyone has given me is that 'Linda, you're a nice person.' Most people, right off the bat, assume that I am a piece of meat, a porno star, a floozy."

Linda's discomfort with porn meant that after 1979 her appearances became few and far between. In a 1977 interview she claimed: “If I get a chance, I’d like to have a career in straight films.” This transition never happened, and she officially retired from porn in 1981. Over the next few years, however, she made an almost annual come back to adult films. Her final come back was in 1985 when she starred in 'The Erotic World Of Linda Wong'. By then, however, she was heavily into drugs. A friend of hers recalled how "I ran into her at a party in 1985, and she was in pretty bad shape, having mixed alcohol with Quaaludes."

Director David Jennings recalled working with her on ‘Rebecca’s’ (1984), describing her as having “a pharmacologist’s cornucopia of uppers and downers. Linda had been in the bathroom at the location two hours before someone finally forced open the door to find her unconscious in the tub, water rising to a level that could have drowned her. In the white geisha make-up, she looked and acted like death.” Eric Edwards, who worked with her in the film would later say, “It was the most challenging sex scene I’ve ever had to do. It was as close to necrophilia as I ever want to get.”

During this period Linda was involved in an abusive relationship with Ed de Priest with whom she ran a video company. According to Richard Olson, with whom Linda was married between 1985-1987, "Ed was a violent individual and Linda had been beaten up bad for many years. I am not an abuser and never have been, and in all honesty, I think that Linda missed that in our relationship. I would never get physical with her. She swung at me many times."

By now Linda was also heavily involved in heroin, and Richard soon became an addict as well. During the summer of 1987 he moved to Northern California hoping that a change of location would help him get off drugs. In the meantime Linda had also managed to get herself off heroin and was planning to make another come-back in the porn industry. Before filming started though, she was arrested for trying to buy codeine with a prescription that she had written herself. "She spent two months in jail. They dug into her record and found an old possession of narcotics charge and they were going to keep her in for a year or so… I wired her attorney some money and got her out on a bond." Once out, Linda moved to Northern California to live with Richard.

Three weeks later he got off work and returned to his hotel, only for the manager to tell him "that my wife had been found passed out on the floor and that she was in hospital. She was conscious and claimed she was fine when I picked her up [from the hospital]. I had to leave and run some errands. She was fine when I left and when I came back she was still fine and wanted to go out for dinner. So we went to a restaurant in Petaluma. She went off to the bathroom and that was the last I saw her alive. Somebody came running out of the bathroom saying that a woman was on the floor. I just knew it was her."

Richard believes her death was not intentional, but rather an accident resulting from mixing alcohol and drugs. "She wasn't using heroin. She was popping pills, Xanax and Chlorylhydrate, what used to be called mickey. Like a Quaalude… She used to eat them by the hand full. She took more drugs than any girl I've been with."

Linda Wong died on 7 December 1987. Along with Arcadia Lake, who also died of a drug overdose three years later, she is one of the main, and only drug casualties of the early porn superstars. Linda was a beautiful woman who knew how to bring passion into a sex scene. Unfortunately, despite her talent as a porn star, she never truly felt comfortable in front of the camera. This, coupled with her abusive relationship with Ed de Priest, and her notoriously unstable character led to her eventual downfall and death...


Where is Linda Wong? Dead from an Accidental Drug Overdose
24 09 2007

Linda WongLinda Wong was one of the first Asian porn stars. Linda was born in Hawaii and raised in San Francisco. Before entering the adult film business Linda worked as a legal prostitute in Las Vegas. Linda first appeared in porn flicks in 1976. She appeared in films with some of the biggest names in the business including John Holmes and Joey Silvera. She retired in 1981 and returned 4 years later. In 1987 Linda died of a drug overdose. Her body was found in the bathroom of a restaurant the same day that she was released from the hospital after being found unconscious face down in her hotel room. Linda was also out of jail on bond having been arrested in the months prior to her death for trying to fill a phony prescription for codeine. Linda had battled heroine addiction in the past but according to her husband she was not using it at the time of her death. Linda died from a mixture of Xanax, Chloral hydrate, and alcohol. Chloral hydrate, known on the street as a “mickey,” is a Quaalude like drug. Accrording to an interview with Linda’s husband after her death she was taking Chloral hydrate “by the handful.” He went on to say that Linda was a major drug addict that took more drugs than anyone he had ever known. Linda was 36 at the time of her death.

Linda Wong Complete Filmography:

Afro Erotica 22 Wet Video 1988
American Dream Girls 2 Leisure Time Entertainment 1996
Asian Sluts Alpha Blue Archives 2004
Baby Face TVX 1977
Best of Alex DeRenzy VCA 1983
Black Silk Stockings Select-a-tape 1979
Blue Vanities 62 Blue Vanities 1988
Blue Vanities 65 Blue Vanities 1988
Blue Vanities 67 Blue Vanities 1988
China de Sade Essex Video / Electric Hollywood 1977
China Lust VCX 1976
China On Fire Unknown
Classic Swedish Erotica 32 Unknown 1987
Classic Swedish Erotica 5 Unknown 1986
Critic's Choice 1 Essex Video / Electric Hollywood 1984
Easy Alice VCA 1976
Erotic Fantasies 5 Metro 1983
Erotic Gold Ventura 1985
Erotic World of Linda Wong Vista Video 1985
Erotica Collection 7 Erotica Collection 1982
Erotica Collection 9 Erotica Collection 1982
Exhausted 1981
Femmes de Sade Mitchell Brothers 1976
Final Sin Command Video 1977
Fortune Cookie Nookie Essex Video / Electric Hollywood 1986
Girls Who Dig Girls 8 Wet Video 1988
Good to the Last Drop Essex Video / Electric Hollywood 1986
Jade Pussycat Caballero Home Video 1977
Legends Of Porn 1 Metro 1987
Love Secrets VCX 1976
Love Secrets (new) VCX 2005
One of a Kind HIFCOA 1976
Oriental Baby Sitter TVX 1976
Oriental Temptations Vista Video 1984
Oriental Temptations (new) Golden Age Media 2005
Postcards From Abroad Caballero Home Video 1991
Private Thighs AVC 1987
Rebecca's AVC 1984
Reflections VCX 1977
San Francisco Original 200 9 LeSalon 1983
Sexsations Now Showing Inc. 1984
Sheer Panties Essex Video / Electric Hollywood 1980
Stormy Metro 1980
Super Sex Essex Video / Electric Hollywood 1983
Swedish Erotica 10 Caballero Home Video 1981
Swedish Erotica 4Hr 8 Caballero Classics 2003
Swedish Erotica Film 108: Morning Interlude Caballero Home Video 1978
Swedish Erotica Hard 16 Odyssey 1993
Swedish Erotica Hard 2 Odyssey 1992
Sweet Cakes VCA 1976
Tenderloins Unknown 1980
Thunderbuns VCX 1976
Toys Not Boys 3 Filmco Releasing 1994
True Legends Of Adult Cinema: The Unsung Superstars VCA 1993
Turbo Sex VCA 1983
Young Students VCX 1977

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