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Gerard Damiano, 'Deep Throat' director, dead at 80

Gerard Damiano, 'Deep Throat' director, dead at 80

Gerard Damiano, director of the popular pornographic film "Deep Throat" that lent its name to a Watergate whistleblower, has died. He was 80.
Damiano died Saturday at a Fort Myers hospital, his son, Gerard Damiano Jr., said Monday. He had suffered a stroke in September.
Damiano's "Deep Throat" was a mainstream box-office success and helped launch the modern hardcore adult-entertainment industry. Shot in six days for just $25,000, the 1972 flick became a cultural must-see for Americans who had just lived through the sexual liberation of the 1960s.