Nina Hartley
Birth Date:
March 11, 1959
Birth Place:
Berkeley, California, USA
5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Pornographic Actress
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American pornographic actress Nina Hartley, born Marie Louise Hartman, has acted in over 900 adult movies since making her first performance in “Educating Nina” (1984). She also appeared in the mainstream film “Boogie Nights” (1997), by director/writer Paul Thomas Anderson. She also has directed several adult films and has been an author, sex educator and feminist. Hartley, who switched from nursing to pornography because she could not handle seeing people die, has won a number of awards throughout her career and is an inductee in the X-Rated Critics' Organization Hall of Fame. 

Hartley is openly bisexual. She is now married to Ernest Greene, a director of porn film. The couple sometimes work together. Previously, she was married to David (together 1983 - November 2000).         

Registered Nurse

Childhood and Family:

Born Marie Louise Hartman, on March 11, 1959, in Berkeley, California, Nina Hartley grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, along with three older siblings (one sister and two brothers). Her father was a Lutheran and her mother was a Jewish. When she was a child, her parents converted to Buddhism. Nina graduated from Berkeley High School in 1977 and later graduated magna cum laude from San Francisco State University's undergraduate school of nursing in 1985. She was a registered nurse per the California Board of Registered Nursing until April 30, 2001 when  her license expired.     

Nina has been married twice. She married first husband David from 1983 to November 2000. In 2002, she was engaged to adult film director Ernest Greene. The couple married on July 7, 2003.

Educating Nina


Nina Hartley kicked off her pornographic career in 1982 while she was in her sophomore year of nursing school. At the time, she worked as a stripper at Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theater. Two years later, she branched out into the adult film industry by making her debut performance in “Educating Nina” (1984), was produced and directed by the veteran porn star Juliet Anderson (aka. Aunt Peg).  She has since been very active in the aforementioned business. She has appeared in hundreds of hardcore movies and directed about 17 adult films.

In 1987, Hartley picked up an AVN award in the category of Best Actress for her performance in the video “Debbie Duz Dishes” (1986), under the direction of Bob Vosse. She next won the AVN award for Best Couples Sex Scene - Film for “Amanda by Night 2” (1988), which she shared with Herschel Savage, for Best Supporting Actress – Film in “Portrait of an Affair” (1988) and for Best Couples Sex Scene – Video for “Sensual Escape” (1988), sharing with Richard Pacheco. She again won the AVN Best Supporting Actress -Video category for her role in “The Last X-Rated Movie” (1990). Hartley was inducted into the X-Rated Critics' Organization (XRCO) Hall of Fame in 1996. 1990s also found the blond haired beauty starring in the Canadian comedy movie “Bubbles Galore” (1996), which was directed and co-written by Cynthia Roberts, and playing the role of William H. Macy's serially unfaithful wife in “Boogie Nights” (1997), a drama film written and helmed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore and Burt Reynolds. Hartley made her directorial debut with 1992's “Book of Love.”

Hartley opened up the new millennium with appearances in over 10 adult films in a year, including “The Backdoor Bradys” (2000), “Hard Bound” (2000), “Bad Penny” (2000) and “A Midsummer Night's Cream” (2000). She later won the AVN Awards for Best Specialty Tape – Spanking for “Nina Hartley's Guide To Spanking” (2004), for Best Specialty Tape – BDSM for “Nina Hartley's Private Sessions 13” (2005) and for Best Non-Sex Performance in “Not Bewitched XXX” (2008). She also received a AVN nomination for Best Anal Sex Scene – Video for her performance in “Guide to Porn Stars Sex Secrets” (2006). She played the part of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the film “Who's Nailin' Paylin?,” a pornographic parody of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin with Lisa Ann in the role of Palin.

Hartley released her book, “Nina Hartley's Guide to Total Sex,” in 2006.  She is one of twenty-five women of the golden era of adult films featured in the 2012 book, “Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985,” by author Jill C. Nelson.     


Adult Video News (AVN): Best Non-Sex Performance, “Not Bewitched XXX,” 2009
X-Rated Critics' Organization (XRCO): Hall of Fame, 1996
Adult Video News (AVN): Best Couples Sex Scene – Video, “Sensual Escape,” 1989
Adult Video News (AVN): Best Supporting Actress – Film, “Portrait of an Affair,” 1989
Adult Video News (AVN): Best Couples Sex Scene – Film, “Amanda by Night 2,” 1989
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