Michelle Bauer

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Michelle Bauer
Born (1958-10-01) October 1, 1958 (age 65)
Other names
  • Kim Bittner
  • Michelle McClellan
  • Pia Snow
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1981–present
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)

Michelle Bauer (born October 1, 1958) is an American actress, model, and B-movie scream queen.

Early life[edit]

Bauer was born and raised in Simi Valley, California.[1] She is of Mexican heritage on her mother's side and Czechoslovakian heritage on her father's side.


Bauer was Penthouse magazine's Pet of the Month for July 1981[2][1] and also appeared in many other adult magazines during the early to mid 1980s, under a number of different names.

Bauer also starred in the pornographic film Café Flesh (1982) under the name of Pia Snow.[3][2] She states that she was happy to appear in the film, and on the covers of other X-rated films, but insisted on a double for the sex scenes. Bauer appeared in several other pornographic titles under her Pia Snow moniker, including Bad Girls (1981), Nightdreams (1981), and others.

Bauer's Penthouse centerfold appearance led to acting for the Playboy Channel and a film try-out for director Fred Olen Ray. Ray liked her audition, and offered her the part if she would be willing to dye her hair black. Her first B movie was The Tomb (1986),[1] it would be the first of many. Along with Linnea Quigley and Brinke Stevens, Bauer became one of the most prominent B-movie scream queens in the late 1980s.[4][5][6] In addition to multiple films for Ray, she has worked with cult directors David DeCoteau, Jesús Franco and Zalman King and shared the screen with genre stars such as Sybil Danning, Monique Gabrielle, Julie Strain, Lina Romay, George Kennedy, David Carradine, Gunnar Hansen, Paul Naschy and Erik Estrada.

Her life and career are one of the main subjects of the 2011 documentary Screaming in High Heels: The Rise and Fall of the Scream Queen Era by director Jason Paul Collum. She returned for the 2020 follow-up Screaming in High Heels: The Reunion which again reunited her with Quigley and Stevens.

Personal life[edit]

Bauer retained her married name as a screen name. After she and her husband divorced, he filed a lawsuit requesting she not use it for her films. She tried appearing as Michelle McClellan, using the name of her second husband, in Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988), but the press resisted, so she returned to Bauer, which the first husband eventually accepted.[7]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Sagliani, Devan (25 August 2014). "Marilyn Burns And The Women Who Created A Horror Movie Staple | Dark Dreams | The Escapist". escapistmagazine.com. Escapist Magazine. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b Jones, Stephen (2000). The Essential Monster Movie Guide: A Century of Creature Features on Film, Tv and Video. Billboard Books. p. 69. ISBN 9780823079360. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Cafe Flesh (1982)" Archived 2011-07-09 at the Wayback Machine film review by Alan Jones, BBC Radio Times. Retrieved 2007-09-25. (Dead link)
  4. ^ Washington, Julie E. (31 March 2000). "I SCREAM YOU SCREAM WE ALL SCREAM FOR SCREAM QUEENS". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  5. ^ Butler, Robert W. (12 August 2004). "She reigns as scream queen of B movies". Chicago Tribune. Knight Ridder/Tribune News. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  6. ^ Sagliani, Devan. "Marilyn Burns And The Women Who Created A Horror Movie Staple | Dark Dreams | The Escapist". escapistmagazine.com. Escapist Magazine. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Michelle Bauer" Archived 2006-10-30 at the Wayback Machine, interviews by Frederick C. Szebin and Catherine Carson, Femme Fatales, April 22, 1995. Archived at PicPal's Michelle Bauer Home Page. Retrieved 2007-09-30.

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