Liberty Bradford Mitchell, 44, spent the first few decades of her life trying to escape her past. Her father, Artie Mitchell, and uncle, Jim Mitchell, were porn pioneers and operated the Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theatre in San Francisco. As a child, she was exposed to rough-cut porn movies and given her first safe-sex talk by her dad’s girlfriend, a porn star. Then her uncle shot and killed her father.
In 2013, Bradford Mitchell, a mother of two, decided she was ready to embrace her past. She wrote a production, ‘The Pornographer’s Daughter,’ which premiered as a one-woman show in San Francisco in early 2014. Bradford Mitchell is now in talks to turn her colorful life story into a television miniseries.
Q: What was the reception to ‘The Pornographer’s Daughter’?
A: We had a really incredible response. Audiences tended to be quite riveted. Speaking with people afterward was really moving. So many people who have faced adversity, from abuse to having lost a loved one, reached out to me. A lot of people around my age who grew up in the ’70s with progressive parents found the production really disturbing because it resonated on such a deep level.