Mercedes Grabowski (August 23, 1994 - December 5, 2017), known professionally as her stage name August Ames, was a Canadian pornographic actress and model who appeared in almost 290 movies and won two AVN awards in 2015 and in 2017.  
Ames was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, but she was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado during her teenage years. In her early years, she worked as a nanny, animal-assisted aide and horseback trainer.  
Her career began in November 2013 with companies such as Evil Angel, Dark X, Girlfriends Films, New Sensations, Elegant Angel, Blacked.com, Brazzers, Sweetheart Video, Lethal Hardcore and Jules Jordan Video.
Some of her best known works were Safe Landings , 8Oil Overload , Don't Tell Hubby , 10 Missing , Spandex Loads , Dirty Talk , Big Wet Breasts , Naturally Delicious , Flesh Hunter , Raw Talent 3 and Titty Attack 8 .   
At the time of her death in 2017, she was one of the most popular porn stars on the internet. Her videos on PornHub alone received more than 415 million views as of December 2017, making her the 9th most popular porn star on the website.  
Friends stated she suffered from depression. Ames committed suicide following successive tweets in which she defended her refusal to perform a pornographic movie with a man who had previously worked in gay porn which prompted an online backlash against her.