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Nina Hartley - A Porn Star To One Of The Most Respected Spokeswomen


Nina Hartley, also known as Marie Louise Hartman, is an American pornographic film actress, activist, director, sex educator, and author.

She has appeared in 938 adult films and directed over a dozen, and she rose to prominence by working with websites such as Elegant Angel, Exquisite, and others.

Nina Hartley rose from porn star to respected spokeswoman, dedicating her life to the pursuit of sex-positive, feminist pornography.

This article will discuss Nina Hartley's biography, career highlights, and transition from porn star to activist spokeswoman.

The Early Life Of Nina Hartley

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Legendary Pornstar Nina Hartley

Nina Hartley was born on March 11, 1959, in Berkeley, California, as Marie Louise Hartman, the youngest of four children to Louis Hartman and Blanch nee Gelders.

Her parents were Communist Party USA members who converted to Buddhism when she was a child. Her father was blacklisted in 1957 because of his communist beliefs. Nina graduated from Berkeley High School in 1977.

In 1985, she received a magna cum laude from San Francisco State University's nursing program. Her license as a registered nurse expired in 1986.

Nina Hartley Adult Film Career

Nina Hartley is naked in the bed with a man
Nina Hartley is naked in the bed with a man

Nina began working as a stripper in her sophomore year of college at the Sutter Cinema and later at the Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theatre, after being inspired by the film "The Autobiography of a Flea," the first adult film directed by a woman.

In her junior year, she shifted her focus to adult projects, beginning with photo spreads for magazines like High Society and Hustler.

Hartley made her acting debut in the adult film "Educating Nina," as a protégé of adult film actress Juliet Anderson.

During her time as a dancer in San Francisco, she chose the stage name Nina Hartley because it was easy for Japanese tourists to say; 'Hartley' was chosen because it was as close to her own real last name as possible and because she 'wanted a name that sounded like that of a real person.'

Hartley appeared in several "Debbie Does Dallas" film series spin-offs during the 1980s and early 1990s, including "Debbie Duz Dishes" in 1986 and "Debbie Does Wall Street" in 1991. In 1992, she directed her first film, "Nina Hartley's Book of Love."

Hartley worked as a stripper in the United States and Canada for several years. In addition, she made personal appearances at adult stores across the country.

Hartley played William H. Macy's character's cheating wife in the 1997 smash hit "Boogie Nights," and she also appeared in the 1996 Canadian film "Bubbles Galore." That same year, she appeared in Tupac Shakur's music video for "How Do U Want It?"

Nina Hartley Life As An Activist

 Nina Hartley speaking in front of a microphone
Nina Hartley speaking in front of a microphone

In 1994, she launched a popular line of sex instructional videos (marketed under the Nina Hartley brand), and she is frequently invited to speak on talk shows and at conferences about the adult industry, often alongside other notable figures in the adult film industry such as Jenna Jameson.

In 2006, she published "Nina Hartley's Guide to Total Sex." She co-wrote the book series "How to be Kinkier" in 2012.

That same year, she appeared in the documentary "After Porn Ends," in which she discussed her life after being an adult film star.

Nina appeared in the award-winning documentary "Sticky: A Self Love Story" in 2016, and she attended the documentary's Las Vegas premiere at the Erotic Heritage Museum, where she sat on a Q&A panel with fellow adult film actress Ginger Lynn and the film's writer/producer/director Nicholas Tana.

Hartley testifies in the film about her sex-positive views on self-love and sexual education. In her interview, she slammed the hypocrisy of anti-porn actions and legislation. She serves on the board of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation and has long advocated for the adult film industry's right to exist.

Hartley has lectured at numerous universities, including Dartmouth, Harvard, and her alma mater, Berkeley. Eric Schlosser interviewed Hartley for his book "Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market."

Nina Hartley Personal Life

Hartley is bisexual in her personal life. From 1981 to 2000, she was in relationships with both men and women. They divorced in 2003 after she married her male partner in 1986. She married porn director Ira Levine a year after her divorce was finalized, and they are still in an openly polyamorous relationship.

Awards And Achievements

Hartley has received numerous awards during her long career in the adult entertainment industry. She has nine Adult Video News Awards under her belt, including Best Actress for Debbie Duz Dishes and Best Couples Sex Scene Film for Amanda By Night II.

Best Specialty tape for "Nina Hartley's Guide to Spanking," Best Supporting Actress for The Last X-Rated Movie, and others. She's also the recipient of seven XRCO Awards.

She received the Free Speech Coalition Lifetime Achievement Award in 1988. She has won the FOXE Female Fan Favorite award three years in a row.

She received the Fanny Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 and the XBIZ Award for Best Non-Sex Acting Performance for her role in "Future Darkly: Artifamily" in 2019.

Nina Hartley - Net Worth

Nina Hartley is an actress and model, so her primary sources of income are acting and modeling. She made between $50,000 and $70,000 per month on average. Nina Hartley's net worth is estimated to be $5-8 million dollars as of 2022.

Nina Hartley Social Network

  • Nina Hartley Facebook – 100K followers
  • Nina Hartley Instagram – 55K followers
  • Nina Hartley Twitter – Not Available

People Also Ask

What Are Nina Hartley's Body Measurements?

Nina Hartley is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs around 60 kilograms. Nina has brown eyes and blonde hair. Nina's bra size is 33B, and her body measurements are 34-25-35.

Who Is Nina Hartley Dating?

Nina Hartley is a single woman at the moment. Nina Hartley is not in a relationship. Nina Hartley is not involved with anyone.

Why Did Nina Hartley Didn't Continue Her Profession As A Nurse?

Nina Hartley left nursing to work in the adult industry because she couldn't stand seeing people die.


Nina Hartley is a porn legend in her own right; she's been doing it for over 20 years and is still going strong. Aside from teaching people how to do an amazing blow job, she can also teach you how to have safer sex, experiment safely, and give in to the desires that we all have. She is a very interesting person, both professionally and personally.

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