One of the fun aspects of doing a spank blog is being able to talk about some of your favourite people in the business you’ve come across in your spank mag buying years. This fantastic lady is one of them, Kiri Kelly. She of the amazing bottom and tolerance for having it spanked really REALLY hard. I first came across Kiri in an old second hand copy of Janus many years ago. There was a photo of her in an article about the American spank scene and from that day I was a devoted fan.
Kiri Kelly (sometimes spelled Keri) was one of the most popular and prolific fetish model/actresses of the 1980s and ’90s. From 1986 to around 1998 she appeared in hundreds of magazines and videos featuring bondage, spanking, tickling, and BDSM. She has worked with virtually every major video producer including Nu-West/Leda Productions, House of Milan (HOM Inc.), London Enterprises, Harmony Concepts, California Star, Shadow Lane, B&D Pleasures, Bizarre Video, and Evil Angel.
Along with Alexis Payne, Tanya Foxx, and Sharon Mitchell, Kiri is among the few recognizable stars to emerge from the early years of the fetish film industry. But unlike Foxx and Mitchell, she did not start out making pornographic videos. With a fresh-faced look that resembles a mix of Goldie Hawn and Laura Dern, the blonde actress specialized in playing sweet, innocent girl-next-door roles. Her appealing personality and high tolerance for pain proved to be an ideal combination for creating many memorable and hard-hitting videos.
She was discovered by “Spank Hard” magazine, who referred her to Nu-West videos. Kiri’s debut in spanking videos was in the Nu-West video Spanked Females 6 (NWV-106), released in about 1988 or maybe 1989. At that time she was going by the single name “Kyrie.” She once told that she chose that name in honor of the rock song of the same name by a group called Mr. Mister, in 1985.
By 1990, Kiri became a full-fledged video star, appearing in dozens of spanking videos for Nu-West. She then changed her scene name to “Kiri Kelly,” I suppose to avoid confusion with the word Kyrie, which after all is the beginning of a Christian prayer: “Kyrie eleison.” (“Lord, have mercy.” ) After doing films for Nu-West as “Kyrie”, she left, never to return, citing that she had been beaten with excessive force. She went on to make a series of videos with Jay Dee at California Star and B&D Pleasures. The burly, heavy-handed Dee gave her some particularly explosive spankings in Sore Subject, Hitchhiker Spanked 2 & 3, and Spanking, Spanking, and more.
Wild Thing, directed by Dee, won the 1989 AVN Award for Best Specialty Video. Kiri played a Tarzan-like wild-girl living alone in the jungle. It was filmed entirely at outdoor locations. At Shadow Lane videos, Kiri was made her debut with Older Men With Younger Wives. Kiri became friends with popular dominatrix actress Alexis Payne, and the two have made many films together. Kiri has endured some of Payne’s hardest hairbrush and paddle sessions in Naughty Neighbor, Our Sorority, and Hard Discipline (also directed by Kiri). After completing those films in 1993 she announced her retirement. A few years later Kiri started to appear again in some occasional film role (only with her narration voice).