Vanessa Del Rio was born Anna Maria Sanchez in Harlem, New York on March 31, 1952. Her parents were Cuba and Puerto Rican and raised her Catholic. Something didn't stick because in 1974, Vanessa began doing porn to earn money and is known as the first Hispanic pornstar. She worked under the name Veri Knotty and Ursula Pasarell before settling on her current name. Her first move was China Doll and she's made over 200 films in her 30 year career. Saying a thirty year career in porn is a bit decieving. She first retired in 1986 out of fear of AIDS and then re-retired in 1987 after she was arrested for drug possession and spent some time in jail. Her time in jail gave her time to rethink her life and she quit porn again. She wasn't really gone though. She still goes to conventions, award shows, even played herself on a NYPD Blue episode in 1996. She also runs her own website, VanessaDelRio.com where she releases new pics, movies and even has a live webcam show.