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Tabatha Cash (born CÚline Barbe on 27 December, 1973) is a former French pornographic actress of the early 1990s, starring in over 100 adult movies and appearing on countless magazine covers, her exotic looks and enthusiastic on-screen performances made her one of the most popular performers with audiences in France and Europe.
She born into a poor working class family, she grew up in an urban slum to the south of Paris. As a teenager, she was involved with a notorious gang leader and also served time in a youth prison. Seeking a way to make money and get out of the ghetto, she turned to nude modelling while still in school and found that she could earn more money than in a regular job. Appropriately she took the name "Cash" and, using false identity papers to disguise her age, she began working in the adult industry at the age of 17. She also falsely claimed ot be half-Japanese, half-Italian to create an exotic appeal - she is in fact half-French, half-African.
After working in porn for four years, and perhaps at the height of her fame, she quit. After leaving the industry she was highly critical of it, claiming that working in porn was just the same as being a prostitute only with a camera present, and further saying that the male performers were "all stupid" and the women were "all horrible."
On leaving the industry she has tried to use her popularity to propel herself into more mainstream situations. She has worked on TV and radio in France, married a magazine publisher and has also appeared in one mainstream movie, Rai, but soon after withdrew from public life.
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