Alex Jordan (born Karen Elizabeth Mereness on September 20, 1963; died July 2, 1995) was a porn film actress. She won the 1993 AVN Awards for "Best New Starlet".
Jordan entered the adult business in 1992, answering an ad for a nude model. She was one of the first female pioneers of the gonzo porn sub-genre, which involved her making videos with non-professional amateur actors. She was fairly well received by porn fans, but never as a lead actress. Her most notable performances usually involved lesbian scenes.
A few months before Alex Jordan (Karen Elizabeth Hughes) hung herself, Cinema Blue headlined an interview with her "Alex Jordan's... f---ing her brains out on screen and loving every minute of it!"
Alex appeared one of the better adjusted female performers - at least while she was on anti-depressants which she quit several months prior to her suicide. Many, if not most female performers, especially when compared to the men, complain constantly about the biz.
Bill Margold discovered and named Alex Jordan and she was the first and only one of his "kids" to commit suicide.
Alex described herself as a true romantic. "While I'm into kinky sex, I like it to be done in romantic surroundings. I may give my husband an underwater blow job, but it'll be done in our own pretty pink bathroom with two glasses of champagne resting on the tub."
Alex married Justin Case on video in Las Vegas. Justin also does porn. On their wedding, both of them performed "like gangbusters.
"It's one thing to share your wedding night with your husband. But it's a total turn-on knowing that every nasty thing we did was being captured on videotape.
"My folks knew that someone was taping our wedding and they asked us for a copy. Naturally they didn't know that the last bit on the tape features Justin and I f---ing our brains out. We had to get a specially edited version made up for them - with the tail end, so to speak, edited out!
Karen aged quickly in the fast lane of porn. In June 1995, she became lonely when her husband went to Colorado to try to set up a ski shop so they could leave porn. She'd suffered from depression all her life, and now she'd gone months without medication.
Jordan's best friend was her parrot, and when it died, she went crazy. Speaking on the telephone to her husband, she accused him of not caring about her. His crime? Lack of sensitivity to her feelings about her bird's death. She wrote a note describing her depression over the loss of her bird, and on the 27th of June, Alex hung herself in her closet.
On July 2nd, Alex's friend Summer Knight, a fellow porn performer, made a call to the police saying that Alex was missing. They broke into Alex's Marina Del Rey apartment. The first person to open Jordan's closet was Summer, who smelled something funny. She saw her friend's decomposing body hanging there.
"The decedent was fully clothed," said the coroner's report, "cold to the touch and in early maroon and green mottled decomposition. She was fully suspended by a rope ligature about her neck which was tied neatly about a clothing hanger bar."
Police found a variety of drugs in Alex's apartment and a suicide note that said Alex was distraught over the death of her bird and that she wanted the world to know that she was leaving everything to her husband.