Thomas (born Diane
February 19, 1972)
is the stage name of an American artist and former pornographic actress.
Her given name is Diane
Thomas. She was runner-up for Penthouse Pet of the Year in
1998 and is a member of the Adult Video News Hall of Fame. Guardian writer Andrew
Anthonydescribed her as "a pencil-thin woman with heavily enlarged breasts".
was born in Sikeston, Missouri as one of 11 siblings. She moved around often in her youth with her family, living in various states including Virginia, Georgia, Texas,
She spent her teenage years
in Daytona Beach, Florida.
In Florida she became something of a wild child, sacrificing school and books for sunning and bikinis on the Florida beaches. 
After high school, she moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where she performed a variety of jobs, among them, modeling aside the championship trophy after the annual NASCAR race
held there was over. She worked as a prostitute at the Moonlite
and according to Dennis Hof made $2000 a night. 2002 saw Thomas speaking publicly about her life at the BunnyRanch in the HBO documentary series entitled Cathouse,
and in 2003, she appeared in its sequel. She
later told interviewer Andrew Anthony that there is no real difference between pornography and prostitution.
Thomas is the aunt of porn star Sunrise Adams.
Thomas was married to Kent Wallace, her publicist and co-star from her
reality show Sin City Mom.
She dated Dennis Hof,
the owner of Moonlight Bunny Ranch, during her tenure there, and during that time legally adopted the name Diane
Thomas shot her first adult film when she was 18, appearing in Mr.
Peeper's 25th Anniversary alongside
her husband, Zach, and another man.
She says the name "Sunset" was inspired by a comment of her
husband when he said "You know what, honey?...you're pretty as a
sunset"; the name Thomas popped up when she was thinking of a
good last name to go with it.
appearing in the Cathouse documentaries, Thomas was featured in the
2005 documentary Pornstar
made an appearance on Maury,
in which she encountered a crush from her middle
The episode was titled 'I Was An Ugly Teen... Now I'm a Hot, Sexy
10!'. In 2006, Thomas obtained her own show on KSEX radio
In 2007, she appeared on the Montel
Williams Show to
discuss her porn career and being a mother.
April 2009 Thomas released her erotic fiction novel, Anatomy
of an Adult Film,
which was largely a fictionalized account of her adult film
was inducted into the XRCO
Hall of Fame in