Nina Hartly

Nina Hartly

American adult film actress
Date of Birth: 11.03.1959
Country: USA

  1. Nina Hartley: Biography
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Entry into Adult Entertainment
  4. The Name "Nina Hartley"
  5. Notable Roles and Activism

Nina Hartley: Biography

Nina Hartley, born Maria Louise Hartman, is an American adult film actress, director, and sexual educator. She was born on March 11, 1959, in Berkeley, California.

Nina Hartly

Early Life and Education

Nina Hartley was born into a Jewish family with socialist beliefs and grew up in the Bay Area suburbs of San Francisco. She attended the professional nursing program at San Francisco State University and graduated with honors in 1985. Hartley is a registered nurse.

Entry into Adult Entertainment

In 1982, Nina Hartley and her classmate started working as strippers at the O'Farrell Theatre in San Francisco. She made her first foray into the world of adult filmmaking in the same year. Her debut film, "Educating Nina," produced by Juliet Anderson (better known as Aunt Peg), was a huge success. Since then, Hartley has appeared in over 400 full-length adult films and has become one of the most enduring and recognizable faces in the porn industry.

The Name "Nina Hartley"

When asked why she chose the pseudonym "Nina," Hartley explained that it was much easier for Japanese tourists, who frequented the strip club where she worked, to pronounce. She chose "Hartley" because she was a fan of the advertisement campaign featuring Mariette Hartley and James Garner for Polaroid cameras at the time.

Notable Roles and Activism

Within the porn industry, Hartley is known as "Babbl Bat" due to her emphasis on anal, interracial, and lesbian scenes. Politically, she identifies as a socialist and a sex-positive feminist. Hartley believes that sex is not something men do to women or a means to achieve male desires. Instead, she defines sex as a deeply immersive experience that involves active participation and mutual satisfaction.

Overall, Nina Hartley has made significant contributions to the adult entertainment industry as an actress, director, and educator, and has been active in promoting sex-positive feminism.