July 14, 1963 - September 18, 2006
|Place of Birth||:||Westbrook, Maine, USA|
|Also Known As||:||Barbara Cunningham|
|Imdb Profile||:||IMDB Profile|
Aja (July 14, 1963 – September 18, 2006) was the stage name of an American pornographic actress, adult film director, and exotic dancer. Aja starred in director John Leslie's Adult Video News' Best Video of the Year award-winning Mad Love (1988) in a scene described as "notably [...] surreal" by author and Ohio University Telecommunications graduate studies director Joseph W. Slade. AVN later declared the film one of the 500 best of all time, also describing Aja's scene as "strange"; she starred in two others among their 500 best, Alex deRenzy's Ghostess with the Mostess and Paul Thomas' The Naked Stranger, all in her first year as a performer, winning AVN's "Best New Starlet" in 1989. In 1990, she starred in director Sharon Kane's Stairway to Paradise, a film that was the subject of a study by University of California, Los Angeles professor of psychiatry and human sexual relations specialist Robert Stoller. In casting the film, writer Jim Holliday "wanted Aja in the worst way and Sharon agreed. Aja is very box-officeable." According to the Internet Adult Film Database Aja stopped filming new scenes in the early 2000s, though videos that feature her performances continue to be released through 2014. Description above from the Wikipedia article Aja (actress), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.