Del Rio began appearing in adult films in In the span of about 12 years, del Rio has appeared in about pornographic films. Though del Rio retired from adult films in , in part due to the AIDS scare prevalent at the time, after a stint as a Bodybuilder she returned to feature dancing and doing magazine layouts. Afterwards, she remains somewhat active in the adult entertainment industry through her Web site and by making special appearances at award shows and conventions.
Vanessa del Rio born March 31, is an American retired pornographic actress. Her mother would take her to see the Spanish language movies of Isabel Sarli , a passionate, voluptuous Argentinian actress with a charismatic power over men whom Vanessa credits as a big influence in her life. After an early childhood as religious as her mother's, Sanchez dropped out of school in the 8th grade, tired of the sheltered life imposed on her at home. She studied coding, and became a computer programmer at age 18, then abandoned the straight life altogether to live in a series of stolen Volkswagen Beetles with a criminal boyfriend. Del Rio made her first adult film in , and is credited as the first non-white woman to achieve stardom in the adult industry. Her enduring popularity is based on her enthusiasm, genuine passion, talent for specific acts, oversized clitoris  and sense of humor, as well as her lush exotic beauty. In a span of 13 years, she appeared in 81 pornographic films  and countless "loops" — 10 minute film clips produced for use in sex shop peep shows.