From writing to modelling to acting and then to working behind the camera, Brenda Venus boasts of an impressive showbiz career that spanned over four decades. Though she sprung to the limelight following her lucrative careers as a model and actress, Venus is better known for her literary works and relationship with a renowned writer. While there is information readily available about the southern belle’s professional endeavors, not much is known about her personal life. Find out interesting facts you never knew about the writer, model, actress, and filmmaker.
Brenda Venus’ Biography
A Mississippi native, Brenda Gabrielle Venus has maintained an ultra-private lifestyle over the years. Thus there is little or nothing known about her parents, siblings, family background, and early life. Nonetheless, it is common knowledge that the American actress from Biloxi was born on November 10, 1974. Details regarding Brenda’s educational endeavors have also not been disclosed but she is believed to have had a conventional basic and tertiary education.
7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Actress
- She Is An Accomplished Author
It is uncertain when exactly Brenda Venus began writing but the model’s literary skills dates back to her college days. As a columnist and novelist, she has no less than five published works under her belt. Notably, some of her literary works include the book Secrets of Seduction for Women and its complementary literature Secrets of Seduction for Men. Between 1998 and 2004, she was a columnist popular for her Centerfolds on Sex writeups on Playboy Magazine. She also published Dear, Dear Brenda: The Love Letters of Henry Miller to Brenda Venus, which was a publication that chronicled her correspondence with novelist Henry Miller. Brenda’s most recent literary work is Twelve Hours which was published in 2012.
- The Actress Shone More On The Big Screen
Brenda Venus later caught the acting bug and has some impressive big-screen credits. However, the actress was only active in the movie industry in the 70s and early 80s. Some of her notable film credits include 1967’s Night Fright, 1973’s An Eye for an Eye, and 1974’s Foxy Brown. In the year 1975, Brenda featured in Against a Crooked Sky, The Legend of Valentino as well as The Eiger Sanction. The next year, she appeared in Joshua and Swashbuckler. Others are FM and Deathsport both released in 1978, and 48 Hrs (released in 1982).
In addition to acting, Brenda Venus also has credits behind the camera. She has worked as a director and producer for some movies including Love & Sex in LA which was based on her literary works and also recorded relative success.
- Brenda Was A Playboy Model
Although it is uncertain when exactly Brenda Venus ventured into modeling, she achieved enviable feats during her prime days as a model. Remarkably, Venus first featured in a 1986 mid-year edition of the Playboy Magazine and many years later in 1997, she also posed nude for the popular adult publication.
In the course of her modeling career, Brenda also worked with several prominent artists. Notably, she once served as a muse for Gary Dobry, Ken Marcus, and Harold Frank.
- Brenda Venus’s Relationship With Henry Miller
Brenda Venus and Henry Miller had a unique relationship as pen-pals, friends, and lovers. Their special bond can be traced back to Brenda’s college days when she bought a book written by Miller and surprisingly discovered the writer’s address enclosed within. She then instinctively wrote to Miller and that marked the beginning of the pair’s pen-pal relationship.
Brenda and Miller’s bond eventually metamorphosed into a mentor-muse relationship. As pen pals, the duo exchanged over 1000 letters which are all documented in Brenda’s book Dear, Dear Brenda – The Love Letters of Henry Miller to Brenda Venus. While Brenda who was dubbed ‘The Boticelli of Mississippi’ was a source of inspiration for living to the writer in his old and ailing days, Henry fine-tuned and gave focus to the young and beautiful model/actress.
- Her Boyfriend, Husband, Marriage
Despite having been in the limelight for over four decades, Brenda Venus has done a good job at conspicuously keeping details of her personal under wraps. Thus there is little or nothing known about her love life. Moreover, since she has not been romantically linked to anyone else over the years, it remains uncertain if the actress has ever been married nor does she have kids.
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The former model and actress has enviable physical features and has maintained a good physique over the years. While she may not be one of your tallest nor shortest screen favorites, Venus stands at an average height of 5 feet 7 inches. Her weight has not been disclosed but her other body measurements include bust – 38 inches, waist – 22 inches and hips – 36 inches.