Alias: Nina, Mitzi Hartman, Nina Hartwell, Nina Hartman
Born On: March 11, 1959
Chances are if you've even had a passing interest in adult porn over the past 24 years, you're familiar with Nina Hartley.
Perhaps the most recognizable of all porn stars, Nina is best known for her outspoken support of the industry, her attempts to educate the open-minded on all things sexual and, of course, her outstanding performances in (as of this writing) more than 650 adult titles.
Nina isn't the typical porn actress, coming from a well-educated background, which included her obtaining a nursing degree and graduating from San Francisco State University. While she was still a college student, Nina began dancing and the year before she graduated, she was offered to appear in an adult video, a title that would be named Educating Nina, and would launch the career of one of adult's biggest stars.
Since it would prove impossible to pay respect to all of the great titles Nina has performed in over the years, we will instead highlight some of her more memorable performances in titles that are already available on DVD. After her stunning debut in Educating Nina (which is not yet available on the digital format), Nina Hartley proved that she was around to stay in Ball Busters, a 1985 title in which she teams up with John Leslie and shows this equally famous legend a wild time. A few years later, Nina would be stunning viewers again in Suzie Superstar: The Search Continues, in which she educates Tom Byron in the ways of love in the film's hot opening segment.
Proving that no man is too big for Nina, she stakes claim to Peter North's massive tool in 1987's Young Girls in Tight Jeans and Deep Trouble, a title in which she plays a young, but curious schoolgirl. Perhaps it was her innocent sexuality in this film that caused acclaimed director Jim Holliday to select her for the cast of 1989's Sorority Pink, in which Nina plays one of the sorority girls who are looking to further their education. Nina would continue to be cast by Holliday for several of his college-themed titles, and would return for appearances in Sorority Pink 2, Sorority Sex Kittens 2 and Sorority Sex Kittens 3.
Sadly, much of Nina's work from the 80s has yet to appear on DVD. One can only hope that studios will take more of an interest in releasing her early work onto the digital format. Some titles that deserve a DVD pressing include Educating Nina, Debbie Duz Dishes and Ten Little Maidens, to name just a few. Nina established herself as one of the top porn stars in the 1980s, but it was her work in the 1990s that made her a legend, and got her named to the XRCO Hall of Fame in 1996.
During the 90s, Nina stopped being just "another one of the girls" and started being something special in each title in which she appeared. Her name and/or picture on a box cover alone would often guarantee success for an adult picture. If there was a year in which Nina made the transition from adult star to adult legend, it may very well have been in 1991, when she delivered two knockout performances in a pair of very popular features.
In Debbie Does Wall Street, Nina stars as the title character, who does Marc Wallice and Buck Adams in a wild opening sequence set in a barn. Later in the film, she takes on K.C. Williams and Randy Spears in a hot office three-way, and finishes up the picture with an orgy sequence which proves that Nina can get just as nasty as her fellow adult actresses. Also during 1991, Nina played a loving wife in Hate To See You Go, whose husband (played by Randy Spears) was trying to kill her. Of course, Nina manages to get the upper hand on hubby, and have some fun of her own (with Eric Price) along the way!
In the mid-90s, legends would collide when Nina teamed up with the beautiful Ashlyn Gere in Ashlyn Rising. Ms. Hartley plays Ashlyn's sex therapist who, of course, has her own special prescription for the young Ms. Gere. Part of her therapy includes making Ashlyn watch Anna Malle and Hank Armstrong go at each other, and even provides some pointers for the couple along the way. Later, of course, Nina and Ashlyn find some quiet time for themselves in a hot girl/girl coupling.
In 1997, Nina showed that she wasn't afraid to face the inevitable issue of aging in All About Eva, the story of a veteran porn star and the young talent (played by Julie Rage) who wants to take her position as the queen of porn. 1997 also marked Nina's appearance in a major mainstream release, Paul Thomas Anderson's acclaimed Boogie Nights, which is loosely based on the story of John Holmes. Nina plays (what else?) a horny wife who is not exactly faithful to her husband (William H. Macy).and not exactly shy about her infidelity either!
In 1998, Nina appeared in a number of erotic supporting roles, including a particularly hot appearance as the neighbor of Cheyenne Silver in director Bud Lee's Carnal Witness, in which Nina introduces the young star to the wonders of lesbian sex. Nina also takes on a motherly role in Michael Raven's White Rabbit, in which she plays parent to Sunset Thomas, but this doesn't stop Nina from getting involved in a wild mini-orgy in which she outdoes fellow starlets Jill Kelly and Teri Starr (also in the scene) by riding stud Ian Daniels in the reverse cowgirl position and letting him unload all over her hungry mouth.
The end of the decade didn't result in any less screen time for Nina, as she took on the lead character in two major 1999 features from director Bob Chinn. In Hard Bound, Nina played a wealthy socialite who found herself broken down on a deserted road and forced to accept the help of a country bumpkin (Dale DaBone) to find her way back to civilization. Bad Penny found Nina running away from her new husband (James Bonn), donning a black wig and shacking-up with bad boy Tony Tedeschi, in a secluded motel. 1999 also would prove that Nina had a sense of humor, playing the aptly named "Dr. Goodhead" in Veronica Hart's Booby Trap. Once again paired up with Dale DaBone, Nina is given the film's final scene to show off her talents, letting her hair down (quite literally) but keeping her heels and stockings on for a great conclusion to a funny film.
Nina Hartley has used her position as one of the world's most popular adult stars to advocate sex education and sexual freedom among both couples and singles. She is a strong supporter of the swinging lifestyle and endorsing it in public. Nina is consistently in attendance at the annual Lifestyles Convention, a well-known gathering for swingers and like-minded people. Additionally, Nina has used adult video to teach viewers about how they can better please themselves and their partners when it comes to sexual activity. In Up and Cummers 8, Nina not only shows viewers how she likes to masturbate, but gives male viewers tips on how they can better please the women in their lives.
Nina has also released more than 30 instructional videos with Adam & Eve Productions, including Nina Hartley's Guide To Anal Sex, Nina Hartley's Guide To Sex Toys and Nina Hartley's Guide To Swinging, a series that continues to expand with new titles and revamped versions of the most popular how-tos.
Despite having hundreds of titles to her name and nearly 25 active years in the industry, Nina shows no signs of slowing down. She has already appeared in a number of popular titles since the new millennium began, including appearances in Sluts of the Nyle 2: Celebrity Sluts, A Midsummer Night's Cream and Ooze.
As of late, Nina has been filming movies in the MILF genre, as well as the PHE features O: The Power of Submission starring Carmen Luvana, as well as the sequel to be released by PHE this fall, starring Starlet of the Year Bree Olson.
When she's not filming, Nina is active on her website, Nina.com, where she discusses her porn-arific lifestyle, sex-ed, and politics though her online diary and very active message boards. She also hosts a weekly web-cam show, often sharing the cam with a variety of stars such as Claire Adams, Mika Tan, Justine Joli, and Amber Peach.
Unlike many of her counterparts, Nina Hartley has never turned her back on the industry that made her famous, nor expressed any desire to leave the adult film world. That, perhaps, is one of the reasons she has been so warmly embraced by those inside and outside of porn. Here's hoping that Nina will continue to provide her fans with both the entertainment and the educational information she has over the years, and that her work in the industry will inspire a whole new generation of adult stars to give back to the business the way Nina has in her remarkable career.
Biography Â©Adult DVD Empire and Courtesy AVN's Jenn Ramsey
AVN - Best Non-Sex Performance (2009)