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Date of Birth: 21 March 1978, Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Birth Name: Briana D. Bany
Height: 5' 9" (1,75 m)
Weight: 130 lb (59 kg; 9.3 st)
Filmography: 162 as actress
Alternate Names: Brianna Banks | Mirage
Other Works: (2004) Contributing writer to the book "How To Have a XXX Sex Life: The Ultimate Vivid Guide". - (6/01) Pet of the Month for "Penthouse" magazine.

Tall (5'9"), leggy and busty blonde bombshell Briana Banks was born Briana Bany to an American mother and German father on March 21, 1978, in Munich, Germany. Her family moved to Britain when she was four, and three years later moved to Simi Valley, California. The slender green-eyed beauty did some modeling when she was a teenager and graced the cover of "Teen" magazine. Briana and her younger sister moved out of their mother's house when Briana was 16, and she got custody of her sister when she was 18. Briana made pizzas and worked at an arts-and-craft store, was a file clerk at an insurance company and a secretary at a cosmetics company prior to becoming involved in the adult film industry.

She began performing in explicit hardcore movies at age 21, using the name Mirage in August 1999, and has worked for such major adult-film studios as Wicked, Metro, Elegant Angel and Adam and Eve, and signed an exclusive contract with Vivid Entertainment in April 2001. She was the Pet of the Month in the June 2001 issue of "Penthouse."

In 2002 Briana was one of the first porn starlets to have an action figure made in her likeness by the Los Angeles-based company Cyber F/X and Sota Toys. She contributed to the 2004 book "How to Have a XXX Life: The Ultimate Vivid Guide." She was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2009.

Briana Banks (born May 21, 1978) is the stage name of a German American pornographic actress and model. She is the Penthouse Pet of the Month for June 2001.

Briana Bany was born in Munich, Germany to a German father and an American mother. They moved to Britain when she was aged four, then to the Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley when she was seven. Her father still lives in Germany. She moved out of her mother's house when she was 16, taking her 14-year-old sister with her. She got custody of her sister when she turned 18.

Banks modeled as a teenager, including a cover of Teen magazine. She entered the industry under the name "Mirage", but began calling herself "Briana Banks" in 1999, after having the first of two breast enlargement operations. Having had aspirations of being a supermodel, she chose the professional surname "Banks" after model Tyra Banks. Her first appearance using the new name was in the film Decadent Whores 9.

In June 2001, Banks was Penthouse magazine's Pet of the Month and also graced the cover of AVN magazine. The same year, she signed with Vivid Entertainment and became a Vivid Girl.

On October 13, 2006, Banks reportedly filed a federal lawsuit seeking more than US$ 75,000 in damages against Doc Johnson Enterprises, charging that they had created unauthorized products from molds of her genitals.

Starting in 2006, Banks went on hiatus from performing in videos and returned in 2008. That same year she was also nominated for five AVN Awards at the 25th annual Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas.

In 2011, Banks starred in the porn parody version of the Fox animated series American Dad!, American Dad XXX: An Exquisite Films Parody. Banks portrayed the character of Francine Smith and was featured on the video's box cover. The video was released in September 2011. On December 28, 2015 Briana Banks announced that she was making a comeback after 5-year hiatus. She announced in press release that she would be making her grand return and signed with talent agency Society 15, owned by fellow adult star Kendra Lust.



Banks was featured in the thirteen episode cable television series "Vivid Valley" produced by World of Wonder that was broadcast in Europe in 2005 and later had a successful run on Playboy TV. The series featured stories about the real lives of then Vivid Girls Jenna Jameson, Savanna Samson, Mercedez, Tawny Roberts, Banks, and others.

Other ventures

In 2002 Banks was one of the first porn actresses to have an action figure made in her likeness, by Los Angeles-based Cyber F/X and Sota Toys.

In 2009 Banks launched her own company, Briana Banks Entertainment, LLC. The company is a subsidiary of the Starlet Entertainment Group, which is a group of mainstream angel investors. This coincided with the launch of a new website and social media platform for Banks, The official announcement for the website was at a Playboy Mansion Lingerie party in May 2009.


Personal life

For several years her regular boyfriend was porn actor Bobby Vitale, but they broke up in 2006.


Year Ceremony Result Category Work
2001 >AVN Award Nominated Most Outrageous Sex Scene (with Mark Cummings) Perverted Stories 28
Hot d'Or Award Won Best New American Starlet N/A
NightMoves Award Won Best New Starlet (Fan's Choice) N/A
XRCO Award Nominated Starlet of the Year N/A
Nominated Orgasmic Oralist N/A
2002 AVN Award Nominated Best Group Sex Scene - Film (with Lola, Aurora Snow & Joey Ray) Taboo 2001
Nominated Best Group Sex Scene - Video (with Justine Romee & Joel Lawrence) Tails of Perversity 8
XRCO Award Nominated Best Girl-Girl Sex Scene (with Jenna Jameson) My Plaything Jenna Jameson
2003 AVN Award Nominated Female Performer of the Year N/A
Nominated Best Group Sex Scene - Film (with Chandler, Michele Raven, Cheyne Collins, Dale DaBone & Pat Myne) Vision
Nominated Best All-Girl Sex Scene - Video (with Jenna Jameson) Briana Loves Jenna
XRCO Award Nominated Best Girl-Girl Scene (with Jenna Jameson)
AFWG Award Won Best All-Girl Sex Scene - Video (with Jenna Jameson)
2004 AVN Award Nominated Best Supporting Actress - Video Tricks
2005 Exotic Dancer Award Won Adult Movie Feature N/A
2006 AVN Award Nominated Crossover Star of the Year N/A
2007 AVN Award Nominated Contract Star of the Year Vivid Entertainment
2008 AVN Award Nominated Best Actress – Film Layout
Nominated Best All-Girl Sex Scene - Film (with Penny Flame)
Nominated Best Anal Sex Scene - Film (with Kurt Lockwood)
Nominated Best Group Sex Scene - Film (with Hillary Scott, Evan Stone & Brooke Haven)
Nominated Best All-Girl Sex Scene - Video Where the Boys Aren't 18
2009 AVN Award Nominated Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene (with Lanny Barby, Lexie Marie, Nina Mercedez, Monique Alexander, Savanna Samson, Stefani Morgan, Tawny Roberts, Tera Patrick, Lacey & Lyndsey Love) Where the Boys Aren't 19: Arabian Nights
Nominated Best Anal Sex Scene (with Manuel Ferrara) Perfect Match
Nominated Best Group Sex Scene (with Mick Blue, Michael Stefano & John Strong)
Won Hall of Fame N/A
2010 AVN Award Nominated Best Double Penetration Sex Scene (with Ben English & Otto Bauer) Flashback

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