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10 Porn Stars Who Went Mainstream

While plenty of adult stars dream of making the transition to traditional acting, their dreams rarely become reality. Hollywood — and mainstream culture, in general — tend to segregate the men and women of porn, keeping them at arm's length.

But there are some performers whose drive, persistence and fan base lets them break through. Some make it onto the big screen. Others take a different path. But by the time they're done, their names are known by a much wider audience than they started with. Here are 10 who have managed to make the transition to 'civilian' celebrity.

Editor's Note: Covering a Taboo Industry

By Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com
Posted 20 January 2012

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