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Anna Malle dead at 38

Gram Ponante
Anna Malle, who appeared in about 350 adult movies, died yesterday in Las Vegas. The car in which she was a passenger was hit by another car.

The Clark County Coroner's Office confirmed that the woman known legally as Anna Hotop, 38, was killed in the crash, which occurred off State Road 160 near Rainbow Blvd., and that an autopsy would be performed today.

Sources believe her car was hit by a drunk driver. The suspect is currently in custody.

Malle joined the industry in 1992 after being discovered via a swingers' group. She is pictured here flanked by Jill Kelly (l.) and Christi Lake on the September, 2000 cover of Fox Magazine. The accompanying pictorial featured Malle as the fiery wild girl, Kelly as the malt shop waitress, and Lake as the cheerleader.

"Anna was the town bad seed," began the pictorial setup. "She slept all day long, and only came out at night, driving her muffler-less jalopy over the back roads of the town, all the windows down, howling at the moon. She was trouble, oh yes, and everybody did their best to avoid her."

Roy Karch directed Malle in numerous movies.

"Anna Malle was one of the true great wild women of all time," he said. "As wild as she was on camera, she was as nice off camera. Just having her in the movie was a plus. She was bubbly and fun and sweet; one of the last few girls who really enjoyed her job in this business. She lived it and loved it."

Former AVN editor Rebecca Gray remembers Malle auditioning for Los Angeles theatre roles at the height of her porn fame. "She had a lot going on," Gray said, "and people really liked her."

Malle joins Linda Lovelace, Julie Robbins, and Britney Madison in the ranks of actresses who have recently died in car crashes.

We send our condolences to Anna's family, friends, and fans.

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