If there is anything to be learned in life, it is that there is no clear path to beginning a career in porn.

Shirley Andrews, who began her porn career in her seventies is the perfect example of this. Andrews, who had never performed in adult films in her younger years, got her start through webcams before moving to the big leagues of professional porn. 

Now at the age of eighty, Andrews, now with three tattoos (two on her breasts) in tow, has no plans of stopping. Metro spoke with Andrews recently over the phone from her home in a senior living community in Oroville California, a small town outside Sacramento.

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How did you get into porn?

It was 2008, I had been doing some home webcam videos and I thought 'Well, I'll ask them if I can post them, if can okay, I can't okay. So some of [the men] said yes so I started posting my videos to xhamster.com. I had so many good reviews and comments. People kept telling me I should go into professional because there was such a large demand for mature porn.

I had no idea how to even start something like that so another friend told me to go to sexyjobs.com. I made a profile and an ad as to what I would be interested in doing, and two weeks later I was in Miami doing work for the Score Group.

How was the experience working professionally?

It was great. I've done five shoots for The Score Group in Miami. In fact out of the six companies I've worked for they were the most professional.

The male stars that most of the studios use are pretty nice hunks, and of course are always younger (I think everyone is younger than I am). My first time I was so scared. Even my voice quivered when I tried to talk. I was in shock I guess, I didn't really think that I could professional work. I got over the shyness and found out that I really liked the camera.

Are you friends with any other mature porn stars?

Just a few that I've met through The Score Group: Rita Daniels, and Bea Cummins, there's a couple others.

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Do you have a stage name?

My screen name through The Score Group is "Sandra Ann." They don't like to use real names, so they chose that name for me.

Would you have picked a different name?

Oh I don't care, as long they call me for dinner!

Why did you decided to start in porn later in life?

I've been married three times. All of them were very bad experiences. I was still in my twenties for my first two marriages. I was single for twenty-two years and then I made the biggest mistake of my life getting married a third time! Now I've been single for 23 years.

I think my "sex life' has centered around trying to find love, because I've never really had it. I was from an abusive home and I've lived on my own since I was fourteen so I didn't get to live with my family. I missed a lot of family life, even though it was a bad family.

I just found the affection I got from doing porn work and having sex with guys was filling a hole I had in my heart.

Do you have a preference for younger men?

It seems that way. It seems like it's very common. I have had twenty-year-olds and men into their fifties. Rarely have I been with anyone over fifty-five.

Is there a particular reason why you like younger men?

Some people say they have more stamina, but to me that's a fallacy. There's just as many forty and fifty-year-old men that have much more stamina, or as much stamina, plus they have more experience compared to younger guys.

Do you find yourself instructing or teaching younger men?

I've done that many times, and a lot of my first contacts (when they contact me on one of the sites I'm on) say "I want to learn from you.'

Do you enjoy that?

Yeah, yeah. Especially when I had my 18-year-old virgin, that was last may.

Tell us about your tattoos.

I have one on each breast and one on my pubic area. I got the first one in 2010, and the second and third one in 2011. The first one said "Gang Bang Queen," the second one says "Sexual Muse," and the one in my pubic area is a rose bud. The rose bud was one of the most painful things I have ever encountered!

Why did you change your “Gang Bang Queen” tattoo?

I wanted to do more work with the score group, and they do not film gang bangs so they would not use me any more. So I sent them an email and said I had my gang bang tattoo altered to look like a vine with little red flowers on it.

Have you ever been in an orgy?

I guess you could call house parties I've been too orgies. I've only been to three of those, but I have had a total of twelve gang bangs. It's been a couple of years since I've had a gang bang though.

Do your friends know about your work in porn?

Some of my close friends know.

Since I've been all over the internet in the last few years, one of the women here in the senior complex where I live saw my videos and she spread around to just about the entire complex that I was a porn star. It was okay, if they like me cause what I am or who I am that's fine, and if they don't like me because I've done porn that's their problem.

Do you have any tips for younger people?

Just totally be yourself. Don't try to be anyone or anything that you're not. If you enjoy it do it, and if you don't, don't.