Named #24 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement.
Jenna Jameson is an American entrepreneur, webcam model, and former pornographic film actress. She has been called the world’s most famous adult entertainment star and “The Queen of Porn”. She started acting in erotic videos in 1993 after having worked as a stripper and nude model. By 1996, she had won the “Top Newcomer” award from each of the three major adult movie organizations. She has since won more than 35 adult-video awards, and has been inducted into the X-Rated Critics Organization (XRCO) and Adult Video News (AVN) Halls of Fame.
Jameson founded the adult-entertainment company ClubJenna in 2000 with Jay Grdina, whom she later married and divorced. Initially a single website, this business expanded into managing similar websites of other stars and began producing sexually explicit videos in 2001. The first such movie, Briana Loves Jenna (with Briana Banks), was named at the 2002 AVN Awards as the best-selling and best-renting pornographic title for 2001. By 2005, ClubJenna had revenues of US$30 million with profits estimated at half that. Advertisements for her site and films, often bearing her picture, have towered on a 48-foot-tall billboard in New York City’s Times Square. Jameson’s image has appeared on mainstream television shows including Sex and the City, Saturday Night Live, Entourage, and The Howard Stern Show.
In May 2006, Jameson announced that she was retiring from acting in pornography to pursue other interests. Her autobiography, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale, was published in 2004. It chronicles her early life as a stripper, her entrance into the world of pornography, and her eventual rise to stardom.
Jenna Jameson was born Jenna Marie Massoli on April 9, 1974, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the daughter of Las Vegas showgirl and topless dancer Judy L. (née West; died 2015) and Las Vegas nightclub manager Joseph Tony Massoli (died 2012). Her mother died of melanoma on February 20, 1976, two months before her second birthday. Jameson’s father played guitar in a band called Tony Love & the Lovettes. Jameson’s mother was of Irish descent; she also had some English ancestry. Jameson was raised Catholic.
As a young girl, Jameson wanted to be a dancer like her mother. She began stripping at age 16, working at a topless club called Jill’s 21 in Scottsdale, Arizona. At 18, she moved to California to attend college but dropped out after one semester and took up stripping full-time at a club in Los Angeles called L’Orage. She eventually moved back to Scottsdale, where she worked at another topless club called Babe’s Cabaret.
In 1992, Jameson submitted several photos of herself to Penthouse magazine, which selected her as its Pet of the Month for February 1993 and gave her a seven-page layout in the March issue. She also began appearing in various men’s magazines, including Playboy (in which she graced the cover of the October 1993 issue), Hustler, High Society, and Cheri. In 1994, she made her first adult video appearance in Penthouse’s Naked Hollywood #15.
In November 1995, Jameson was featured in a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine’s Girls of Penthouse layout. This exposure led to modeling work for lingerie companies such as Frederick’s of Hollywood. In 1996, Jameson starred in two more adult films before quitting porn altogether to get into mainstream acting. Her mainstream appearances include roles in Howard Stern’s Private Parts (1997), the Paul Thomas Anderson film Boogie Nights (1997), and an episode of Married… with Children (1997). She has also appeared in mainstream magazines such as Maxim, Stuff, and Esquire.
In 2000, Jameson founded ClubJenna, Inc., an Internet management company for pornographic websites, with Jay Grdina—whom she later married and divorced—and another friend; later that year she launched Jenna’s American Sex Star on pay-per-view cable channel Spice Live. In 2001, ClubJenna released its first DVD titles; by 2005 it had become one of the top companies in the U.S. adult-video industry with revenues estimated at $30 million per year and profits estimated at half that. In 2002, Jameson appeared on The Howard Stern Show and said she would not do any more pornographic films now that she is a mother; however she later retracted this statement and returned to making adult films later that year with Briana Loves Jenna (with Briana Banks). In 2003, she hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live; during her opening monologue she referred to herself as “the queen of porn”. In 2004, Jameson published an autobiography titled How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale; it became a New York Times bestseller and was nominated for several awards including a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. In 2006, she announced her retirement from acting in pornography; however she continues to run ClubJenna and appears on its website as well as on other websites related to ClubJenna.
Jameson has appeared in over 1,000 adult films and has won numerous awards for her work in the industry; she has been inducted into both the XRCO and AVN Halls of Fame. She has also made cameo appearances in mainstream films such as Private Parts (1997), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), and Middle Men (2009). In addition to her work in pornography, Jameson has launched several other businesses including ClubJenna—an Internet management company for pornographic websites—and Jenna’s American Sex Star—a pay-per-view cable channel featuring live sex shows starring herself and other pornographic actors and actresses. She has also written an autobiography titled How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale (2004).
Jameson has been married three times: first to porn actor Brad Armstrong from 1996 to 2001; then to Jay Grdina—with whom she founded ClubJenna—from 2003 to 2006; and most recently to Lior Bitton—a diamond dealer—in 2015. She has two children: a daughter with Armstrong and a son with Bitton.
Date Of Birth
April 9, 1974
Screenwriter, Nude Glamour Model, Entrepreneur, Film producer, Pornographic film actor, Stripper, Film director
Bonanza High School
Jay Grdina, Brad Armstrong
Journey Jette Ortiz, Jesse Jameson Ortiz
Judith Brooke Massoli, Lawrence Massoli
Penthouse Pet of the Month, Adult Star Path of Fame, AVN Award for Crossover Star of the Year, G-Phoria Award for Best Female Voice Performance, Hot D'Or for Best American Actress, Temptation Award for Best All-Girl Sex Scene - Film, Temptation Award for Best Supporting Actress - Film, XRCO Award fo...
VGX Award for Best Performance by a Human
Pornucopia, Samurai Love God, ECW Hardcore TV, Howard Stern on Demand, The Helmetcam Show, VGX Award Show
Though watching porn may seem degrading to some women, the fact is that it's one of the few jobs for women where you can get to a certain level, look around, and feel so powerful, not just in the work environment but as a sexual being. So fuck Gloria Steinem.
[on Cindy Crawford] I kept getting a weird vibe from her. I knew what it meant, because I'd experienced it so many times before, but I kept dismissing it. It couldn't be true; she was Cindy Crawford. When I turned my back... Cindy reached over and rubbed the back of my neck. "Ooh", she cooed. "Look at your beautiful tattoo." She touched my neck so softly and sensually.
The moment you become a porn star, you will always be a porn star for the rest of your life.
I don't know exactly what I'm going to say to my sons, but I do know that I want them to understand that their mother loves them. I don't worry about what people think. I worry about what my sons think.
Making eye contact during rough sex is roughly the equivalent trying to read Fyodor Dostoevsky on a rollercoaster.
The funny thing about being a porn star is that everyone automatically assumes that they can sleep with you. This is what I do for a living. I don't just let anyone get into my pants.
I know that when I do get pregnant, I won't step one foot in the adult industry again.
[in response to a question at the 2003 X-Rated Critics Organization Awards] Is it just me, or is a porn award show just not the right place to be discussing your thoughts on the war?
I try my hardest to push the point that I am a feminist. I really think it's important that people know that the women in this industry are empowered. They run it, man. It's awesome.
(August 4, 2016) Expecting her 3rd child and 1st child with her fiancé, Lior Bitton.
Is a Republican.
Owns a bar in Phoenix, Arizona (2004).
She got extensively tattooed during 2014, with two full sleeves covering both arms.
Attended and graduated from Bonanza High School in Las Vegas, Nevada (1992).
On May 25, 2012, Jenna was arrested in Westminister, California and charged with three misdemeanor accounts for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, driving with a blood-alcohol level over the state legal limit, and driving on a suspended licence after her Range Rover struck a light pole. She initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, but later changed her plead to guilty. She was sentenced to three years of informal probation, ordered to pay $340 in fines, and participate in a victim impact panel from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The charge for driving without a valid licence was dismissed.
In November 2004, when Jenna was pregnant with her first child by her second husband, Justin Sterling, she was diagnosed with skin cancer, from which her mother died. Despite the successful operation to remove a tumor, Jameson suffered a miscarriage. Later, she was unable to get pregnant again even with IVF. On the basis of this, and other problems, she and her husband were separated in August 2006 and divorced in June 2007.
Gave birth to twin sons (her 1st and 2nd child) at age 34, Jesse Jameson Ortiz and Journey Jette Ortiz on March 15, 2009. Children's father is her now ex-boyfriend, Tito Ortiz.
Was formerly in a relationship with Tito Ortiz (2006-2013; two children).
Named #33 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement.
Named #24 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement.
Her paternal grandfather was of Italian descent.
Penthouse Pet of the Year 2004.
Penthouse Pet of the Month January 2004.
She wrote (with Neil Strauss) a book about her life, "How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale", that became a bestseller.
Had her husband's name tattooed on the ring finger of her right hand.
After deciding to change her last name, Jenna came across Jameson in the phone book and settled once her brother approved saying "I'm drinking Jameson right now.".
Her mother (born April 22, 1941) was diagnosed with melanoma and died shortly afterwards on February 20, 1976. Before her illness, she had been a showgirl at the Tropicana and the Folies Bergère in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Her only brother Tony Massoli is three years older and owns a tattoo parlor in Tempe, Arizona where he lives with his wife and child.