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Brenda Venus


Brenda Venus smiling while her hands are on the back of her head, with long curly hair, and wearing black see-through lingerie.

November 10, 1957 (age 66) (
Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Author, actress, filmmaker

Secrets of Seduction: How to be the Best Lover Your Woman Ever Had, Secrets of seduction for women

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Brenda Venus is an American actress, model, author, ballerina and filmmaker.


Brenda Venus smiling while her hands are on the back of her head, with long curly hair, and wearing a black sexy two-piece with a see-through cover.

Venus on Miller Pt 1

Literary career

Brenda Venus with a sexy facial expression while lying on a bed, with long curly hair, wearing earrings, and a black sleeveless top.

Venus is the author of "Secrets of Seduction for Men" and "Secrets of Seduction for Women" and a 2012 novella titled "Twelve Hours". Her books have been translated into 37 languages. Publishers William Morrow and E.F. Dutton sent her on a worldwide publicity tour - making various appearances on TV, radio and press interviews. For over six years, starting in 1998, Brenda wrote a popular column for Playboy Magazine called "Centerfolds on Sex."

Relationship with Henry Miller

Brenda Venus with a tight-lipped smile while sitting on a white block, with long curly hair, wearing earrings, a black dress, and black heels.

After purchasing a book when she was a college student at an auction that contained an envelope with famed writer Henry Miller's address, Venus wrote to Miller and they became "pen pals". Eventually Miller became her mentor and Brenda his muse,. Miller wrote 1,500 letters that were collected into the book "Dear, Dear Brenda – The Love Letters of Henry Miller to Brenda Venus".

Brenda Venus with a fierce look, with long curly hair, wearing a black tube dress, and black scarf.

In his book Joey, Miller wrote of Venus: "To love at the end of one's life is something special. Few women can inspire that sort of love. To wake up with the words of love on one's lips--what bliss! Just to say "Brenda" puts me in ecstasy."

Brenda Venus smiling, with long black hair, and wearing a black sexy top.

Miller's long-time friend and confidant, fellow novelist and poet Lawrence Durrell wrote in the introduction to Miller's book Dear, Dear Brenda that: "The role of Brenda Venus will keep its interest and importance also as a memorial of his last great attachment--an Ariel to his Prospero... She enabled him to dominate his infirmities and to experience all the Joys of Paradise."

According to writer Ed Millis, Venus was a source of inspiration to the aging and ailing Miller. Brenda was all of 20 years of age, Henry was 84. She was a beautiful Southern belle, "The Boticelli of Mississippi"—he called her. Henry, the renegade intellectual, the writer, had taken millions of us to the sexy Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn. Now he was sick and slowly recuperating. He needed a lift in spirits... Brenda the Muse breathed life into her mortal charge and gave him reason to live. He wrote her over 1,500 letters and gave her focus and fine tuning!"

Film and TV

Venus appeared in the Clint Eastwood film The Eiger Sanction and several other films. She also appeared as a host/narrator in Love & Sex in LA.

Her movie appearances include:

  • Night Fright (1967)
  • An Eye for an Eye (1973)
  • Foxy Brown (1974)
  • The Eiger Sanction (1975)
  • The Legend of Valentino (1975)
  • Against a Crooked Sky (1975)
  • Swashbuckler (1976)
  • Joshua (1976)
  • Deathsport (1978)
  • FM (1978)
  • 48 Hrs. (1982)
  • Russian Play

    On her birthday, November 10, Russia's prime minister Vladimir Putin requested that she visit Moscow as his guest. The invitation was to attend the opening performance of "Venus", a play about her life. Members of the Bolshoi Ballet were cast along with Olympic Gold Medalist, Svetlana Khorkina, who played the title role.

    Objet d'Art

    Brenda has been the subject of numerous artists besides Henry Miller. These artists include, but are not limited to, painter Harold Frank, Ansel Adams protege Ken Marcus and the former boxer and Ed Paschke protege, Gary Dobry.

    Playboy appearances

    In the spring of 1997, Venus posed for a celebrity nude pictorial in Playboy Magazine.

    She also appeared in Playboy in July 1986. According to the Playboy website:

    "One of the women with whom Miller had a romantic, yet platonic, relationship was Brenda Venus. Her friendship with Miller lasted four years, until his death in 1980. In 1986, some of the hundreds of letters Miller wrote to Venus were published in the book Dear, Dear Brenda. Following the book's release, Venus posed for the July 1986 issue of Playboy."


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