Asia Carrera
Birth Date:
August 6, 1973
Birth Place:
New York City, New York, USA
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AVN's Female Performer of the Year


Asia Carrera is an American former pornographic actress. She has performed in over 400 adult films. Carrera became the first Asian performer ever to win the award AVN Female Performer of the Year Award in 1995 and has been an inductee at the X-Rated Critics' Organization (XRCO) Hall of Fame since 2007. In 2011, Carrera was ranked No. 11 on Complex magazine's list of “The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time.”

Carrera had two children (one daughter and one son) with his late husband Don Lemmon (married from 2003 to his death in 2006). In April 2010, she admitted on her blog that she became an alcoholic after her husband's death. Previously, Carrera was married to Bud Lee (together from 1995 to 2003).  

Carrera is an atheist.

Mother of 2

Childhood and Family:

Asia Carrera was born on August 6, 1973, in New York City, New York, as Jessica Andrea Steinhauser. She is the eldest of four siblings born to a German mother and a Japanese father. She grew up in Little Silver, New Jersey, and enrolled at the Little Silver School District and Red Bank Regional High School. As a young, Asia trained in piano, and performed twice at Carnegie Hall before she reached 15. She taught English at Tsuruga College in Japan when she was 16 years old.

Asia received a full scholarship to Rutgers University, where she majored in Japanese and Business. She, however, did not graduate. She is a member of  Mensa, with an IQ of 156.       

On February 27, 1995, Asia married adult film director Bud Lee. They divorced on September 29, 2003 and remains good friends. She then married nutritionist and author Don Lemmon on December 19, 2003. They remained together until Lemmon's death on June 10, 2006 due to a car accident. The coupled had two children, Catalina and Devin D'Artagnan Lemmon.

After Porn Ends


Asia Carrera entered the adult film business in 1993. In 1995, she was nominated for an Adult Video News for Best Supporting Actress – Film for her playing Anita in the adult film “Masseuse II” (1994), opposite Ashlyn Gere and Leena. The same year, she won the AVN Award for Female Performer of the Year, making her the first Asian performer ever to do so.

At the 2000 AVN Award, Carrera won the AVN award in the category of Best Couples Sex Scene – Film for her performance on “Search for the Snow Leopard” (1999), which she shared with James Bonn. She also received an AVN nomination for Best Actress – Film for her work on the same film.      

Carrera did voice overs for several erotic hentai OVAs for publisher Pink Pineapple, like  “Shusaku” (1999) and “Inmu” (2001). She attended the 2001 Big Apple Anime Fest in New York City for her voice roles and was an Opening Night Guest of Honor at the fest's Midnight Anime Concourse, along with Kobe Tai.

In 2007, Carrera was inducted into the X-Rated Critics' Organization (XRCO) Hall of Fame.  

In 2010, Carrera was featured on the documentary film “After Porn Ends,” which is about life after being a porn actor.

Carrera has retired from making adult films and only returned to do the infrequent big budget movie. She runs her own website and spends her time chatting with fans via email or day trading shares on the stock exchange.      


X-Rated Critics' Organization (XRCO): Hall of Fame, 2007
Adult Video News (AVN): Best Couples Sex Scene – Film, “Search for the Snow Leopard,” 2000
Adult Video News (AVN): Female Performer of the Year, 1995 Show Less
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