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Nina Hartley Porn Star Biography

Nina Hartley is the youngest of four children. She attended San Francisco State University as a nursing major, and in 1982—during her sophomore year—she began stripping at the world famous O’Farrell Theater run by the Mitchell Brothers. It was here that she chose the stage name of Nina Hartley; “Hartley” because it so close resembled her surname, and “Nina” because it was easier to pronounce for the theater’s major clientele of Japanese tourists. She eventually graduated magna cum laude, and maintained her license as a registered nurse throughout the majority of her porn career—though it lapsed in 2001. With her most well-recognized appearance in the Oscar nominated film Boogie Nights—playing the minor yet pivotal character of William H. Macy’s blatantly unfaithful wife—and line of films (Nina Hartley’s Guide To...), she is most known as a major actresses of pornography’s “VHS Era” (the late 1980’s).

Breaking Into The Business

Nina made her adult film debut in 1984’s Educating Nina, and since has earned a reputation for her interracial and lesbian scenes, her round butt (often referred to as the “…best ass in the business”), and her legitimate acting skills. She has also been seen as an ambassador for porn to the mainstream: during several controversies and legal issues regarding adult films in the 1980’s, she was frequently the go-to spokeswoman to defend the industry for talk shows and media reports. Her articulate, well-thought-out demeanor was particularly on display during a famous interview she did on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she and fellow actress Ona Zee appeared to defend adult films—facing hostility from a mostly female audience, Hartley and Zee held their own in supporting the business.

Quirky Facts

Despite an active career as both performer and producer (though she has jokingly quipped, “...I work with women who are younger than my breast implants”), Hartley appeared in the documentary After Porn Ends, examining the lives of adult film actresses upon leaving the business.

Personal life

Nina is married to adult film director Ira Levine (aka Ernest Greene), and identifies as both bisexual and polyamorous. Her parents—a Lutheran father and Jewish mother—converted to Buddhism when she was a child, and from this experience she now identifies as an atheist Neo-Pagan with Buddhist leanings. Furthermore, as a self-professed liberal and sex positive feminist, she often works as an activist to support both beliefs.

Porn Awards

  • 1987 AVN Best Actress (Video) Debbie Duz Dishes
  • 1987 AVN Best Couples Sex Scene (Film) Amanda By Night II
  • 1989 AVN Best Couples Sex Scene (Video) Sensual Escape
  • 1989 AVN Best Supporting Actress (Film) Portrait of an Affair
  • 1991 AVN Best Supporting Actress (Video) The Last X-Rated Movie
  • 2005 AVN Best Specialty Tape BDSM for Nina Hartley's Private Sessions 13
  • 2005 AVN Best Specialty Tape Spanking for Nina Hartley's Guide To Spanking
  • 2006 Ninfa Public Lifetime Career Award
  • 2009 AVN Best Non-Sex Performance Not Bewitched XXX
  • Member Legends of Erotica Hall of Fame (1994)
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The New Butt Hunt Volume 20

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12 Ratings

Get ready for some of the hottest anal scenes with a ton of talent that you’ve . . .

Call Girls In Action

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13 Ratings

Brandy Alexander, Rachel Ryan, and Sharon Kane are secretaries looking to make some . . .

Inappropriate Vices (Disc 2)

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11 Ratings
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The iconic and infamous Belladonna, one of the porn world's most enthusiastic and . . .

Inappropriate Vices (Disc 1)

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20 Ratings
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The iconic and infamous Belladonna, one of the porn world's most enthusiastic and . . .

Nasty Grannies

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16 Ratings

When Nina Hartley is heading the lineup, you know there's going to be a teaching . . .

Mommy, You & Me Make 3

2014Studio:

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42 Ratings

Devil’s Film Studios has a very naughty treat for you with “Mommy, You & Me Make . . .

Marc Dorcel - 35th Anniversary Encyclopedia O-P-Q-R

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19 Ratings

Marc Dorcel is taking you through the A,B,C’s of sex the only way this studio knows . . .

Soul Games

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8 Ratings

Picture it: Seoul, Korea 1988. The best athletes the world over have gathered

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Franky And Joannie

1992Studio:

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9 Ratings

Franky and Joannie is a classic title presented by Heatwave Studios and director . . .

1,001 Erotic Nights Part II - The Forbidden Tales

1988Studio:

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15 Ratings

1001 Erotic Nights 2: The Forbidden Tales: You will travel back in time to the lavish . . .

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