DAYS OF THE DEAD announces the addition of actress, singer, and all around starlette, TRACI LORDS, to their star studded guest line-up for DAYS OF THE DEAD III, which also features JOHN WATERS, DAVID PROWSE, and more!
It is with great pleasure that DAYS OF THE DEAD announces the addition of actress, singer, and all around starlette, TRACI LORDS, to the guest line-up for their upcoming Indianapolis, IN show, July 6th-8th.
Traci Lords exploded on the scene in 1986 via a tabloid TV feeding frenzy. Reporters had a field day with the notorious teenager who had left behind an abusive home headed to Hollywood, daring seek a legitimate acting career. People laughed but Lords marched boldly on. She enrolled in the famed Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and was soon cast in her first feature film, Roger Corman's sci-fi cult hit, "Not Of This Earth." A review in the Los Angeles Times cut to the chase: "The answer is yes, she can act!" Faint praise indeed but Stephen J. Cannell was impressed enough to cast her opposite Kevin Spacey in his critically acclaimed television show "Wiseguy." Lords held her own and the industry began to take notice.
A series of guest starring appearances on such popular television shows as "Nash Bridges," "Tales From The Crypt" and "Married With Children" followed. But it was John Waters' "Cry Baby" that elevated her to the level of an actress to be reckoned with. She was cast opposite Johnny Depp and once again demonstrated a flair for comedy. But her past continued to cost her roles. A multi-tasking fiercely driven young woman, Lords refused to be dismissed. " I worked too hard for fifteen minutes of fame," she said. "I'm gonna need at least double that" and then she broadened her net and took it.
While working on shows like "Roseanne" and "Melrose Place," Lords' musical aspirations lead her into a parallel career as a singer/songwriter. She made her recording debut as a guest vocalist on the Manic Street Preachers' "Little Baby Nothing" and then went on to record her debut solo album "1000 Fires" for Radioactive/MCA Records. The Juno Reactor-produced first single, "Control" proved a smash hit reaching a peak of #2 on the Billboard Dance Charts. Shortly thereafter, it was chosen for the soundtrack of the film "Mortal Combat" which ultimately earned Traci her first double platinum album. Her second single, "Fallen Angel" piqued the interest of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith and Dave Navarro whom Lords convinced to remix the track. Their version was dubbed "The Honeymoon Stitch Mix" and the critics and fans ate it up.
Once again, Lords defied the odds and opportunity came calling. She was invited to perform "Fallen Angel" in the film "Virtuosity" starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington. Then the latex wearing club kid set up camp where few women were welcome…the male dominated DJ circuit. With her lip gloss in hand she hit the road redefining the role of DJ and rocked the house for Perry Farrell's late night Lollapalooza crowds. Farrell later said: "I remember Traci Lords making electronic music and spinning records long before Madonna ever got the idea. Traci was always way ahead of her time."
In the blink of an eye, she was off again, challenging Wesley Snipes to throw down in the massively successful sci fi/horror/action movie "Blade." Lords shone in her role as the badass vampire "Raquel," and "Blade" took a big bite out of the competition claiming the number one movie in America title. While the sexy bloodsucker hypnotized audiences all across the world, Lords delighted in killing them softly. Around that time, she was cast as a serial killer in NBC's series "Profiler." When her character was caught and killed at the end of the season she went on to executive produce her next film, "Extramarital" which whetted her appetite for more work behind the camera.
But the spotlight beckoned once again and Lords won Best Actress at the US Comedy Arts festival for her portrayal of a Wisconsin brewery worker in the Miramax/Dimension film "Chump Change".
Lords "Take all prisoners and feed them… cause you may need them later" attitude endeared her to many. "Kind, sassy, self-deprecating, hard working, completely down to earth and she bakes a wicked chocolate cake!" said "First Wave" producer Chris Brancato in an interview. Brancato cast her as the ballsy leader of a militia force known as the "Raven Nation" in the Francis Ford Coppolla produced sci-fi series. Lords relocated to Vancouver, Canada and spent a year battling aliens. Lords' addition to the cast boosted the show's ratings over 20% and contributed to the fledgling SciFi Channel's success. "It was a very important time in my life. I was by myself in Canada. No friends, family…no one really. It forced me to stop for a minute and really think about who I am."
Most recently, Traci has appeared in the comedies "Zach and Miri Make a Porno," "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell," and "Au Pair, Kansas." Traci has a leading role in the upcoming horror film, "Go Straight To Hell," which also stars such genre notables as Courtney Gaines, Sid Haig, Karen Black, Ling Bai, and Meg Foster, due out later this year.
Lords resides in Southern California with her husband, son and Siamese cat.
Traci Lords joins an all-star cast of previously announced guests for DAYS OF THE DEAD III including JOHN WATERS, DAVID PROWSE, BILL MOSELEY, a TEXAS CHAINSAW Series Reunion, and MORE!
For more info on DAYS OF THE DEAD III, happening July 6th-8th, visit the convention's official website at http://www.DaysoftheDead.net.