There was a male hospice worker assigned to Hollie, who came to the apartment she shared with her new husband, comedian Eric Cash. The couple married in a hospital common area in June, and the marriage would last 23 days. When Hollie was released to hospice care, she would torment the straitlaced nurse by “giving him the stinkeye”—according to friend Laura Lasky—and finally whispered “Molester.”
If you knew her personally, or watched her interact with fans on cam shows, you’d see what a term of affection that was.
Stevens grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. Her porn resume runs the gamut from appearances in “Barely Legal” and ClubJenna to Clown Porn to Kink.com. She had a vicious sense of humor and a lot of friends.
According to Lasky, Hollie slept most of her final five days, and Cash was holding her hand when she took her last breath. Prior to that, her hospice period found her frequently lucid, and fighting to stay that way. She would demand “beverages and treats” and her friends and nursing staff would fall over themselves to get them.
Lasky says there are a number of Hollie-related projects in the works, including what amounts to a seminar—written by Hollie—on How Not To Deal with A Loved One Dying of Cancer. In addition, a San Francisco memorial service is being scheduled for later this month.
I visited Hollie last July. She was in between sessions of chemo and was still working for Kink.com, wearing a wig. At no time during the weekend did I think it was even possible she would die.
Hollie was weirded out by the money that came in from donors; she was grateful but felt odd taking it. Toward the end, she set things in motion that would help other adult performers and women battling breast cancer.
She knew a month ago that she would likely not make it, but she was also darkly optimistic that her plight would encourage other women to get themselves checked.
“Maybe they’ll listen to me now that I’m dead,” she said.
We’ll miss you, Hollie; come back and haunt us some time.
Previously on Porn Valley Observed: Hollie Stevens interviews and coverage