Sunrise Adams
Adams at the 2003 Adult Entertainment Expo
Adams at the 2003 Adult Entertainment Expo
OccupationPornographic actress, author
CitizenshipUnited States
Notable awards2003 Best New Starlet - Venus Award
2004 Best Oral Sex Scene, Film - AVN Award
RelativesSunset Thomas (aunt)[1]

Sunrise Adams is an American author and pornographic actress.

Early life

Sunrise Adams was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Pickton, Texas.[2][better source needed] In high school she played football, making her the first girl to play the sport in her high school's history.[3]


In 2002, Adams shot an episode for the Cinemax softcore series The Best Sex Ever called "House Sitting".[4] After years of mainstream modeling, including for Pony International,[5] Adams signed with Vivid Entertainment.[3] One of her favorite directors to work with became Chi Chi LaRue.[6]

Her first movie with Vivid was Portrait of Sunrise.[3] She was nominated for Best Actress by AVN in 2003, losing to Jenna Haze.[7] That same year, she appeared in the skateboarding movie Grind.[8] In June 2003, she appeared with Steve Hirsch on Your World with Neil Cavuto.[5]

In 2004, she won the award for Best Oral Sex Scene – Film, alongside Randy Spears, for Heart of Darkness. On August 2, 2004, she appeared with Savanna Samson on Fox News's The O'Reilly Factor, to promote their book How to Have a XXX Sex Life. Weeks later, Adams and Samson were named in a lawsuit by Fox News producer Andrea Mackris that The O'Reilly Factor host Bill O'Reilly "launched into a vile and degrading monologue about sex" on the phone to Mackris immediately after the two porn stars appeared on the air.[9] In 2005, Adams ended her contract with Vivid Entertainment to pursue a relationship with someone who Adams described as wanting her to "be normal." She moved back to Texas and worked as a loan officer and in real estate.[1]

Adams returned to the porn industry and signed a contract with Vivid Entertainment in 2006. Upon her return, she decided to "do it all" as she expanded to include lesbian sex scenes for the first time in her career. She performed scenes with Hillary Scott and Sunny Lane. That same year, she launched her first website, which has since been taken down.[1]

Personal life

Adams is the niece of porn star Sunset Thomas.[1] As of 2003, Adams had a boyfriend, with whom she was actively investing in real estate. Adams was also pursuing a college degree in business management.[6]

Further reading

Works by Sunrise Adams
Works about Sunrise Adams



  1. ^ a b c d Sullivan, David (December 17, 2006). "Sunrise Adams Rises Again AVN". Adult Video News. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  2. ^ Hustler, May 2005
  3. ^ a b c Creamer, Natalie (14 November 2006). "Vivid Girl Sunrise Adams Returns from Hiatus AVN". Adult Video News. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  4. ^ "The Best Sex Ever: Season 1: Episode 4: House Sitting". Archived from the original on 2020-01-13. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  5. ^ a b Cavuto, Neil (25 March 2015). "Steve Hirsch, Vivid Entertainment Co-Founder andSunrise Adams, Vivid Entertainment Star". Fox News. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  6. ^ a b Baker, Gray (13 December 2003). "SUNRISE ADAMS: An AVNInsider Interview". Adult Video News Insider. Archived from the original on 13 December 2003. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  7. ^ Stone, Mark (Director) (2003). AVN 20th Anniversary Awards Show (DVD). Chatsworth, California: VCA Labs, Inc.
  8. ^ "Grind (2003)". IMDb. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  9. ^ Rush, George; Molloy, Joanna (19 October 2004). "Were porn stars an O'Reilly factor?". New York Daily News. Retrieved 13 January 2020 – via
  10. ^ "16.-19. Oktober 2003: 7.Venus Internationale Fachmesse" (PDF). (in German). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2007.
  11. ^ "Private and Americans Win Big at Venus Fair". Adult Video News. 22 October 2003. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  12. ^ Jared Rutter (12 January 2004). "The 21st Annual AVN Awards: Glamour, Prestige, Fun". Adult Video News. Archived from the original on February 24, 2007. Retrieved 5 June 2007.