Former porn star turned director Candida Royalle dies at age 64 BY ELIZABETH VANMETRE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, September 7, 2015, 8:57 PM DAVE KOTINSKY/GETTY IMAGES Candida Royale promotes ‘Inside Seka’ at the Museum of Sex on September 30, 2013. Former porn star Candida Royalle, regarded as a pioneer for her work in front of and behind the camera, has died after battling ovarian cancer. She was 64. The actress -- whose real name is Candice Vadala -- performed in more than two dozen adult films, but was best known for her work as a director, a first in the male-dominated industry. Royalle studied dance and music at New York's High School of Art and Design, Parsons School of Design as well as the City University of New York. "Everyone assumes I was probably given a hard time by the adult film biz but they always treated me fairly, even if they at first doubted me," she explained on her website. "They've come to respect that I was the first one with vision and recognition of what would become the "couples" market." News of Royalle’s death sparked tributes and memories from friends and colleagues on social media.