Briana Banks, real name Briana Bany, was born in Munich, Germany, raised until she was seven in Britain and then moved to United States. When she was 18 she quit her boring Insurance Auditors job and answered an ad to do some nude modeling.
She worked under the name Mirage from 1997 to 2000 doing mostly pro/am stuff (these are mainly professional sites that try to look like amateurs do them) - she had all the right curves, loved having sex on camera, her hair color was usually brunette at this time (sometimes red) and she had all natural tits.
In 2000, Briana reinvented herself as Briana Banks - she bleached her hair and plumped up her tits. Brianna married a fellow porn star Bobby Vitale in 2003 or 2004. Around 2006 she and Bobby broke up and Briana began cleaning herself up. She had been heavily into drugs and was a mess. Inside sources said they were surprised that they never received a call that she had died from an overdose during this time. She also went into semi-retirement and moved to Pittsburgh.
She did one or two scenes during the next few years and ended up gaining about 20 pounds from eating hoagies and drinking beer as she puts it. She hit the gym and has returned to the adult industry in 2008 slim and sober.