Nina Hartley (Marie Louise Hartman in real life) was born on 11 March 1959 in Berkeley California, USA. Her father was a Lutheran while her mother was Jewish, and both had communist leanings. The family shortly converted to Buddhism while Nina was still young. Nina is the youngest of four children and spent most of her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area, went to high school in Berkeley High School, and she took up nursing in San Francisco State University where she graduated magna cum laude.

During her year as a nursing student, she started working as a stripper. Her husband met actress/producer Juliet Anderson, and he mentioned Nina and their plans to enter the adult entertainment industry. Anderson asked for a picture of Nina, and after seeing Nina’s potential, agreed to hire her.

Hartley chose the name “Nina” because it was simple enough for Japanese tourists to say during her stint as a dancer. “Hartley” was chosen because she wanted a name that sounded like that of a real person, as well as her love for the popular commercials for cameras by Mariette Hartley.

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Even after Nina Hartley finished her nursing degree, she still opted to remain in the adult entertainment industry, citing that she could not handle the thought of seeing patients suffer or lose their life.

Nina Hartley made her debut in Educating Nina (1984). She attributes her big baby blue eyes, matched with her high and small waist (two of the popular fetishes at that time) as her blessing and edge in the industry. Her sexy buttocks would prove to be Nina’s trademark.

Though Nina Hartley was active in adult films, it was also her passion and advocacy for the legitimacy of porn in society that became made her visible to mainstream society. She was intelligent, articulate, and her degree lent her credibility as she pushed for safer health standards in the adult entertainment industry, as well as strong opposition to the use of drugs. She has appeared in many mainstream talk shows over the years, from The Phil Donahue Show all the way to The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her passion and dedication to the welfare of the industry paved the way for a more positive outlook and acceptance of adult entertainment in the mainstream, and cemented her status as a respected elder, with her sex positive feminism and her no-nonsense advice on sex that made her a stateswoman and an example of an empowered woman in th adult industry for generations to come, and even until this day.

Nina Hartley has received various nominations and awards from the critics and fans alike throughout her career in the adult industry, and her role as “Hillary Rodham Clinton” in the adult themed parody of Sarah Palin in “Who’s Nailin’ Paylin?” (2008) gained her considerable mainstream media exposure.

  • Best Non-Sex Performance for Not Bewitched XXX (2009)
  • Best Specialty Tape – BDSM for Nina Hartley’s Private Sessions 13 (2005)
  • Best Specialty Tape – Spanking for Nina Hartley’s Guide To Spanking (2005)
  • Best Supporting Actress – Video for The Last X-Rated Movie (1991)
  • Best Couples Sex Scene Film for Amanda By Night II (1987)
  • Best Couples Sex Scene – Video for Sensual Escape (1989)
  • Best Supporting Actress – Film for Portrait of an Affair (1989)
  • Best Actress – Video for Debbie Duz Dishes (1987)
  • 1994 Legends of Erotica Hall of Fame
  • 2006 Ninfa Public – Lifetime Career Award
  • 2013 XBIZ Award nomination – MILF Performer of the Year and Best Non-Sex Acting Performance (The Truth About O)

Nina Hartley has appeared in more than 979 adult films as actress, and 18 as director. True to her advocacy, Nina Hartley is still active, especially with her on-going sex series guides for a more satisfying and more pleasurable sexual experience not just in the industry, but for lovers as well.

Nina Hartley appeared in the 1997 film Boogie Nights, as well as the 1996 Canadian film Bubbles Galore. She has also made appearances in appearances in various books and publications:

  • Nicolas Barbano, Verdens 25 hotteste pornostjerner (Rosinante, Denmark 1999)
  • Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits
  • Nina Hartley: Nina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex
  • Louis Marvin: The New Goddesses
  • David McCumber: X-Raxploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between
  • Jill C. Nelson, Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985

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