John Holmes

June 6th, 2010

The Authors

About the Authors

Jennifer Sugar and Jill C. Nelson


On August 8th 2004, 21 year old Jennifer Sugar attended a pivotal event in Hollywood that set her on the path toward co-authoring her first biography titled, John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches.  The event, “Fit for a King” was a posthumous, honorary 60th birthday celebration for Holmes, whereby Sugar, a Michigan university student, networked with several people who proved to be instrumental in helping her to accomplish her goal.  Ironically, Sugar was only 5 years old when Holmes passed away in 1988, at age 43, from AIDS-related causes.

Approximately two and a half years later, after meeting online through their mutual interest in their subject, Sugar invited 49 year old Canadian Hearing Instrument Specialist and mother of two, Jill Nelson, to co-write the biography. Sugar and Nelson, who were both inspired to learn more about the details of John Holmes’ turbulent life and the specifics of the Laurel Canyon murders after having watched the Hollywood feature film, Wonderland, began to forge their unique collaboration.  Interestingly, neither Sugar or Nelson had any previous affiliation with the pornographic movie industry, yet, they succeeded in establishing trust and confidence within the adult entertainment community.

Sugar and Nelson researched their subject extensively, while conducting interviews with 35 people who had known, worked with, and/or loved John Holmes.  Presented as an oral history, their intensive project consisted of compiling their own new interviews with previous interviews, along with other resources, in order to produce the consummate and comprehensive: A Life Measured in Inches — the first biography about the erotic film legend and pop culture icon.

At an impressive 584 pages, “Inches” contains three photos sections (including rare nudes), 114 feature film reviews and 86 loops synopses, all viewed and written by the two authors. Sugar and Nelson worked diligently to generate the current 21 page filmography, encapsulating data from Holmes’ earliest film work.  Adult film historian, William Margold, contributed the book’s Foreword, “Hard Core Martyr”.


On its publication date, August 8th, 2008, John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches was launched at the eclectic and classy venue, Book Soup, on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California.  The Gala Event was well attended by fans, friends and many industry insiders, including Holmes’ widow, Laurie Holmes, who endorsed the biography before the attendees.  Ms. Holmes was an invited guest speaker that evening, along with the legendary Johnny Wadd creator and director, Bob Chinn, William Margold and Cass Paley, the director of the award-winning documentary, Wadd, The Life & Times of John C. Holmes.


To cap off the evening, a midnight screening of the Holmes starring vehicle, Eruption – a porn spoof of the classic Hollywood film noir Double Indemnity, was held at The Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax Avenue.  This special engagement sponsored by “Chicago Joe” (Joe Rubin) was well attended by fans and other notable guests including Ms. Julia St. Vincent and Ron Jeremy.  Book Launch

The critically acclaimed, John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches is the first book for authors Jennifer Sugar and Jill C. Nelson.

John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches © 2008 Jennifer Sugar and Jill C. Nelson. All Rights Reserved.
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