The Porn Star Next Door

Wendy Iwanow says she just wanted to help revitalize her new home. So why did her neighbors run her out of town?

Twelve years before Iwanow bought the mansion, she was just a normal teenage girl. Like most young women employed in the adult entertainment industry, Wendy Christine Iwanow says she didn't mean to end up as a sex worker. A Catholic school girl from Bayridge, Brooklyn, she was still a virgin when she married at 18. Her husband, also 18, joined the Army and was stationed in Washington state, so Iwanow went with him. But the marriage lasted only a few months, and the disillusioned girl, thousands of miles from home with no work experience, needed money. She moved in with a stripper friend in Seattle and, seeing the money that her friend was making, decided to try dancing too. She intended to strip only for a week or so, until she had earned enough money to get back to New York. But on her third night dancing in the club, she was spotted by a Penthousemagazine scout, who asked her to pose for some pictures. Her Penthouse layout led to invitations from magazines like Hustler and High Society.

After a year had passed and she had been featured in numerous pornographic magazines, the offers began to dwindle. She had exhausted the magazine circuit and needed to look elsewhere for work. That's when she got her first movie offer. Iwanow was paid $35,000 to appear in Two of a Kind, her first adult video. Nervous and still a little shy at 19 years old, she says she was shocked when she arrived on the set and saw two actors having sex while the crew buzzed around them with cameras and lights. But the money was good, so she kept making movies, soon growing more comfortable with the awkward situations. Iwanow/Trump became known in the industry as a "box-cover girl," the adult entertainment equivalent of a Hollywood "opener." Her name and picture on the cover of a video meant it would sell: For the extra exposure, she was paid an additional $500.

In 1991, an adult video production company offered Iwanow a multifilm contract on one condition: that she get breast implants. A 34C cup size at the time, Iwanow says she hadn't really considered implants before. But the money was good and the production company offered to pay for the procedure, so she decided to go for it. When she awoke after the surgery, her 34C's had become 36DDDs. Though at the time she was pleased with the results, it's the one career move she says she now truly regrets. Still, her new breasts enabled her to rise high in the adult entertainment world, and she worked in movies with big-name adult stars like Ron Jeremy, Savannah, and Tori Wells. But what she didn't know then and today knows all too well is that her silicone implants would rupture and leak, causing her to develop fibromyalgia, a chronic, irreversible, and debilitating condition that breaks down joints and cartilage and leaves the sufferer in ever-increasing pain. "Nothing will change the fibromyalgia, and nothing will make the silicone disappear from my body," Iwanow says. "It's annoying, but it hasn't gotten so painful lately that it's intolerable. I think mostly I'm just starting to learn how to live with the pain."

Iwanow leans on her Cadillac outside her Fort Pierce home after leaving behind the Northwood Hills drama. The Westview Avenue home (top right) owned by Todd and Kim Turner; (bottom) Iwanow's embattled castle.
Colby Katz
Iwanow leans on her Cadillac outside her Fort Pierce home after leaving behind the Northwood Hills drama. The Westview Avenue home (top right) owned by Todd and Kim Turner; (bottom) Iwanow's embattled castle.
Last year, attorney Barry Silver (above) notified the City of West Palm Beach that Iwanow (right) planned to sue the city and the police department for failing to bring charges against her attackers
Last year, attorney Barry Silver (above) notified the City of West Palm Beach that Iwanow (right) planned to sue the city and the police department for failing to bring charges against her attackers

In the past 12 years, Iwanow has had the implants removed and replaced five times, as set after set would rupture and silicone would leak. She learned that her body has developed an allergy to silicone and fights the implants, trying to break them down. Today, she says replacing the silicone implants with newer saline ones would do her no good because saline implants are enclosed in a silicone casing. "I've had 30 or 40 consultations with doctors to have these implants removed," Iwanow says. "Most doctors say no because of my medical condition and the amount of surgery they'd have to do. The expectation of rupture upon explant with me is about 85 percent, which could cause more problems."

Originally, though, the implants were a money-making boon. Iwanow learned that if she cross-marketed herself, making movies, dancing in strip clubs, selling lingerie, and charging for subscriptions to her website, she could earn $200,000 to $500,000 a year. But by the time she turned 24, all the extra work left her burned out with the West Coast porn scene, and she settled down to a comparatively quiet life working as an escort in Broward County.

That year, 1995, Iwanow was working for a company called Amber Escorts when a man named Michael Beaulieu called the service looking for some company. The agency sent Iwanow to Beaulieu's Pompano Beach home. After the deal was done, Beaulieu paid her, taking out $200 in cash from underneath a stack of newspapers. Three months later, three men appeared at Beaulieu's home, forced their way in, beat him and his roommate, and robbed him of $80 in cash. Beaulieu told police he thought Iwanow was involved, reasoning that the robbers had known to ask for the money he kept hidden under the newspapers. Police detectives arrested Iwanow, accusing her of using her work as an escort to look for potential robbery victims. They theorized that the intimate contact she had with clients allowed her to see where they kept their money and that after being robbed the victims were probably too embarrassed to report the crimes. But a jury found Iwanow not guilty of assisting in the robbery of Beaulieu, and because, according to court files, the prostitution charges against her had long since been dropped, she walked away from the incident relatively unscathed.

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