Legends of Erotica
Limited Edition 27 Card Set
Produced in 1996
by Silver Star Productions
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NINA HARTLEY, a little bio…
In 1982, during her sophomore year of nursing school, she started working as a stripper at Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theater.
She made her foray into the world of pornographic movies during her junior year, in 1984. Her debut performance was in the film Educating Nina, which was produced and directed by the veteran porn star Juliet Anderson (better known as “Aunt Peg”), and this proved to be a massive hit. Since then she has gone on to feature in over 400 first-run adult films, and has become one of the most enduring and recognizable performers in the industry. she is a good blowjob artist.
She said in an interview that she chose the name “Nina” because it was easy for Japanese tourists to say during the time she was a dancer in San Francisco; “Hartley” was chosen as it was close to her own real last name and because she “wanted a name that sounded like that of a real person”. She has said that when she got into the adult business, she was blessed with two popular fetish items: “big, baby-blue eyes and that round butt with a high, small waist,” with her buttocks becoming her trademark.
Politically, Hartley considers herself a liberal and an outspoken sex-positive feminist. Addressing other women, she said “Sex isn’t something men do to you. It isn’t something men get out of you. Sex is something you dive into with gusto and like it every bit as much as he does.” Hartley has been an advocate for the adult film industry’s right to exist, and, before the rise to stardom of Jenna Jameson, had often been called on when television news programs and talk shows required an articulate, leading adult film actress to support the pro side. She appeared most notably on The Oprah Winfrey Show with fellow porn actress Ona Zee. The two came under hard scrutiny from the mostly female audience, but refused to back down and were outspoken in their support of the industry. She and Ona Zee also spoke out strongly against illegal drugs in the industry.
Hartley was arrested in 1993 in Las Vegas, along with 10 other adult stars (later known as the “Erotic Eleven”), for having performed a lesbian show at an adult video industry fundraiser; an undercover police officer was present in the audience. Threatened with six to 12 years in prison for felony lesbianism and pandering, she was eventually allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor.
Hartley crossed over into mainstream Hollywood with an appearance in the 1997 film Boogie Nights, in which she played William H. Macy’s serially unfaithful wife. She also appeared in the 1996 Canadian film Bubbles Galore.
Hartley is openly bisexual in her private life, and had what has been described as the longest stable relationship in the adult business, living in a ménage à trois with her husband Dave (whom she met when she was 19), and “wife” Bobby Lilly for 20 years. Hartley has since left that relationship, saying “I was too immature and he was too possessive. It didn’t work… It ended up ending because it was the wrong three people involved. ” She has since married Ira Levine (aka Ernest Greene), a director of porn films, particularly BDSM films. They sometimes work together, as in The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women, directed by Tristan Taormino and Greene, and O: the Power of Submission, directed by Greene. In both of these films, Hartley plays supporting roles.
Hartley is an atheist.