In 1983, 21-year-old Ginger Lynn Allen answered an ad for figure models. Later that very day, she had secured her first layout in Penthouse Magazine. Roles in "adult movies" soon followed, and "Ginger Lynn" emerged as one of the leading porn actresses of the mid-1980s.
In 1986, Allen made the transition to more respectable genre pictures, having tired of the hectic pace with which adult films were made. Throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, she was featured in a wide variety of low-budget pictures and even landed small parts on television series. Her horror roles include "Satan's Storybook" (1989), "Buried Alive" (1990), "Evil Breed: The Legend of Samhain" (2003), and "The Devil's Rejects" (2005).
By the late 1990s, Allen had returned to the adult film industry. The majority of her output today consists of films in which she plays an older woman on the prowl for young flesh.