Jewish Actors, Playwrights, Comedians, Musicians
Nina Hartley was born in Berkeley, California to a Lutheran father and a Jewish mother whose family was from Alabama. Nina Hartley grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nina Hartley is the youngest of four children, with an older sister and two older brothers. Nina Hartley's parents converted to Buddhism when Nina Hartley was young. After graduating from high school in 1977, Nina Hartley attended San Francisco State University's undergraduate nursing school and graduated magna cum laude in 1985. Nina Hartley is a registered nurse.[5
Adult film career
Nina Hartley stated in an interview that Nina Hartley chose the name "Nina" because it was easy for Japanese tourists to say during the time Nina Hartley was a dancer in San Francisco; "Nina Hartley" was chosen as it was close to Nina Hartley's own real last name and because Nina Hartley "wanted a name that sounded like that of a real person". Nina Hartley has said that when Nina Hartley got into the adult business, Nina Hartley was blessed with two popular fetish items: "big, baby-blue eyes and that round butt with a high, small waist", with Nina Hartley's buttocks becoming Nina Hartley's trademark.
Politically, Nina Hartley currently considers herself a liberal and an outspoken sex-positive feminist, although for a time Nina Hartley was a socialist activist. Addressing other women, Nina Hartley 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." Nina 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. Nina Hartley 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. Nina Hartley and Ona Zee also spoke out strongly against illegal drugs in the industry.
Nina Hartley crossed over into mainstream Hollywood with an appearance in the 1997 film Boogie Nights, in which Nina Hartley played William H. Macy's serially unfaithful wife. Nina Hartley also appeared in the 1996 Canadian film Bubbles Galore.
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