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Helas
Sep 20th, 2004, 06:58 PM
The XXX factor
(Filed: 16/09/2004)

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Jenna Jameson's grin-and-bare-it attitude to her incident-packed, tragic life has made her rich, famous and more recognisable than many people would care to admit. Adam Higginbotham meets the biggest porn star the world has ever seen

By the age of four, Jenna Jameson had already decided to become famous, and she knew how she wanted to do it. For a little girl growing up in Nevada in the 1970s, a world short on role models for women, it wasn't unrealistic, and she seemed to have a head start: she was going to be a television newsreader.

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At the time, her father was a producer at a Las Vegas television station. Every now and again he would let her come with him to the studio and practise reading out words from the day's news as they reeled out on the teleprompter. For eight years she was passionate about the idea. 'I was really into it,' she says. 'And really good at it.'

Then, at 12, Jenna changed her mind. What she did instead would turn her into the most successful porn star the world has ever seen, and a millionaire several times over. Even so, I can't help wondering why she gave up on newsreading.

'Because my sex-drive took over,' she tells me brightly. For a second I look mildly incredulous. 'Is that so hard for you to believe?' she snaps. 'I mean, I'm good at a lot of things. Sex being one of them - so I think I've certainly succeeded at doing that. And there's very few people that have.'

Mindful of the terrible events that accompanied her start in pornography - the violence, the desertions and the drug addiction that nearly killed her - I suggest that, perhaps, being a newsreader might have been easier.

'Oh, I don't know,' she says. 'Certainly, I have gone through my ups and downs. But there's nothing I regret. I mean, I really love the choices that I've made. That's for sure.'

Having sex for a living has made Jenna Jameson very, very famous. For more than ten years she's been a recognisable face in a field in which enduring fame is rare; for the past five she's been better known than any of her contemporaries. And now, with the publication of her autobiography, How To Make Love Like a Porn Star, she's achieved something even more remarkable. She's achieved mainstream fame.

The book - subtitled 'A Cautionary Tale' - entered the New York Times bestseller list at number nine in its week of publication, and has been well reviewed everywhere from the New York Post to CNN. Suddenly, Jenna Jameson is the porn star it's acceptable to recognise.

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Jameson, 30, has become the most successful porn star in the world not because of her acting ability or even her distinctive looks. I meet her in mid-August, in a mid-town Manhattan hotel suite - flanked by her manager and an enormous man with plucked eyebrows, who acts as her bodyguard.

The natural beauty she's renowned for has been almost concealed beneath the generic Hollywood animated-sex-doll look: all silicone and panstick, accessorised with lip-liner and hot-pink Perspex platform heels. Jameson's success is the result of a kind of brand recognition unprecedented in the world of 'adult entertainment'.

In the past, porn actresses such as Linda Lovelace and Traci Lords have become famous in part by explaining how they were coerced into a world from which they were lucky to escape. But Jameson has never wanted to trade her porn fame for anything else; she not only continues to appear in hardcore pornography, but embraces and celebrates it.

In 1995, at 21, Jenna Jameson marched into the Los Angeles offices of the then-fledgling porn video company Wicked Pictures and announced to the owner, 'The most important thing to me right now is to become the biggest star the industry has ever seen.'

In 2000 Jameson founded her own company, ClubJenna, and agreed a deal with the porn monolith Vivid to distribute her films. To date she's completed more than 80 films which exploit her aggressive bisexuality; last year's Briana Loves Jenna was the top-grossing adult film of 2003; this year the follow-up, Bella Loves Jenna, is already the biggest-selling adult video of all time.

Meanwhile, her appearances in the mainstream media have cemented her identity with a wider audience - in advertising campaigns for Pony trainers and Abercrombie & Fitch; in tabloid-friendly relationships with the rock stars Marilyn Manson and Tommy Lee; as a presenter on the cable television channel E!; in a 2001 Oxford University debate about internet pornography (she won - 204 votes to 21); and on a billboard bearing the legend who says they cleaned up Times Square?, which last year towered over New York's erstwhile home of seediness and smut.

Jameson's face - and body - have become synonymous with the image of the contemporary porn star.

'The mainstream stuff Jenna did made her represent the industry,' according to Neil Strauss, the former New York Times journalist with whom Jameson co-wrote How To Make Love Like a Porn Star, 'so she became the face of porn.'

But for all her pride in her achievements in the industry, when I ask if anyone has ever seemed ashamed to admit they recognise her, she seems offended.

'Why?' she retorts. 'How rude! I've done a lot of things except porn.'

But presumably there was a point when that wasn't true?

'Not really. I mean, I don't remember anybody ever going, "Oh, I'm embarrassed to have met you." I have couples that want to take pictures of me, you know, holding their kids. I've never run into anybody who had a problem with who I am or what I do.'

The story of how Jenna Jameson became a porn star - the one told in merciless detail over the 600 pages of her book - is one of astonishing pain and brutality, one that, if Jameson were not still here to tell it, would seem unbelievable. Jameson is not Jenna's real name - she picked that because it reminded her of the brand of whiskey.

She was actually born Jenna Massoli in Las Vegas in 1970. Her parents met in the early 1960s in Reno, where her mother, Judy, was a showgirl; her father, Larry, worked in a grocery store, but had served in Vietnam and ran with a crowd that included Frank Sinatra Jr and small-time gangsters. The couple moved to Las Vegas, Larry got a job in television, and they started a family; with her elder brother, Tony, Jenna had the beginnings of a happy childhood with two devoted parents.

But when Jenna was three the family was shattered by her mother's death from melanoma. The cost of the cancer treatment bankrupted Larry and he moved into a trailer with the children. Soon afterwards he gave up his job in television, joined the Las Vegas Sheriff's Department, and embarked on a one-man anti-corruption crusade.

The mob tried to dissuade him by attempting to kidnap his children; he fought off one night-time assault on their home by chasing the assailant with a submachine-gun; Jenna and Tony were put under police protection. In the end, the family left town and embarked on a series of moves.

When Larry ran out of money, they returned to Las Vegas and moved in with his mother. Emotionally incapable of family life, Larry spent all his time at work, and Tony and Jenna were left to fend for themselves. Shortly after beginning high school, Jenna began taking acid and cocaine with her brother; by the time she was 17, their father was taking it with them.

In conversation Jenna Jameson appears bracingly honest and open. But she is careful not to sit for interviews that last too long, and sticks tightly to a one-dimensional characterisation of herself: the tough-talking, unrepentant survivor. She's happy to talk candidly about almost anything - stars she's slept with, or how much she enjoys having sex with women, or how fulfilled she is by her career.

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But sometimes - when the conversation wanders away from the script, or when I want to explore the things she says - her knowing humour dries up. She becomes brittle and, fleetingly, angry. How does she think her life would be different if she'd grown up with a mother?

'You know, it's hard to say - that's all speculation - but I know my life would be completely different. Just like it would be if I didn't have a leg. It's not something that I've thought about very often. I try not to - why dwell on something like that?'

You've never thought about how it would have been different?

'No. I think I'd probably be in a loony bin somewhere. I try to be as positive and as happy as possible. I'm happy with who I am and what's happened. But if it were up to me - of course, I'd rather have my mother in my life. Of course.'

Did you think at the time that maybe it would have been better if your dad didn't take acid and cocaine with you and your brother?

'Hahaha! I still think that would've been a good thing. I had withdrawn so much that it didn't really even register. I just moved on. But I did that with a lot of things in my life. There were a lot of things that happened that would have broken anybody else. I was able to survive. That's all that really matters.'

Jenna Jameson says she was a weird-looking child, with glasses, braces on her teeth, hair cut into a straggly blond mullet and an out-of- proportion body: 'I looked like a baby colt. I was short, but with these long legs.'

But by the time she was 16 - when Larry moved the family to a cattle ranch in Fromberg, Montana - she had filled out in a way that attracted attention. She had also begun dressing to make the most of her new body, in the briefest, tightest clothes she could find. And while that was fine in Las Vegas, the other girls in the tiny midwestern town didn't like the way their boyfriends looked at the new arrival.

The beatings she sustained at their hands persuaded her to make friends elsewhere. Which is why, after a football game one day at the beginning of October 1990, she found herself hitching a ride home in a pick-up truck with four boys from a neighbouring school's team.

It was a mistake: they took the truck down a dirt road and gang-raped her. In her book she describes the events in harrowing detail: how they repeatedly knocked her unconscious and when she came to hours later - covered in insect bites, her clothes in tatters, her head resting in a puddle of her own blood - she realised that they had left her for dead.

When she finally staggered home, she told her father that a girl at school had beaten her up. She could never bring herself to tell anyone what had really happened - until last year, when she began doing interviews with Neil Strauss for the book. Has she ever been tempted to have the boys that gang-raped her tracked down?

'No. No - I wouldn't want to have to go through any kind of details about that. Writing the book was enough for me - I had closed off that part of my life. And I certainly don't ever want to go back there. The only reason I did it for the book was because I thought it was important for people to know the real me.

'So I don't think that I would ever try to prosecute them. And to tell you the truth I wouldn't even know who they were. I mean, I was so messed up by them I have no idea what they looked like. I can't remember.'

But they're people who basically tried to kill you.

'Yeah, they pretty much did. And I was lucky I survived. I was totally lucky. It was all will, obviously. I'm just glad that I made it, you know? I mean, going through the situation was a lot easier than what came afterwards.

'When something like that happens to you, that's a wound that will be there forever. So I don't feel like I would have to confront it in any way. I just don't want to go there.'

Jenna Jameson is determined not to be perceived as a victim - or, more importantly, as a woman who became a porn star because of the terrible things that have happened to her.

'Was I in this business because I was victimised or because I wanted to succeed at something?' she writes of the gang rape.

'I examined it from every angle I could, and every time came to the same conclusion: that it didn't make a shred of difference. It occurred too late in my development to be formative. Whether it had happened or not, I still would have become a porn star. I've been to enough therapists to know that.'

But Jameson was raped a second time when she was still only 16 - this time by the biker uncle of her first long-term boyfriend, a Vegas tattooist named Jack - and left home immediately afterwards. She moved in with Jack and, after a brief stint as a showgirl, prised the braces off her teeth with needle-nose pliers and successfully auditioned to become a stripper at the Crazy Horse Too, where she made thousands of dollars a night.

She was attending high school at the time. It was in the Crazy Horse that Jameson was spotted by a scout for pornographic photo shoots, which led to her having sex on film for the first time. She was 19 when Up and Cummers 11 was released, and she became an immediate sensation in the small world of the porn industry.

She left the Crazy Horse and the following year bought implants to enhance her already-large breasts to the absurd size expected of porn stars. But there was another problem: in the four years that she had lived with her drug-addicted boyfriend, Jameson had acquired a devastating crystal meth habit.

It stopped her from working and, eventually, eating properly. By the time Jack walked out on her, leaving her semi- conscious on the bedroom floor, she weighed only 80lb. Rescued by a friend, she was sent back to her father to recuperate: she was so emaciated that she had to be put on the plane in a wheelchair, and when he came to meet her at the airport, he didn't recognise her.

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After weeks of eating bread and olive oil and being helped to the lavatory by her grandmother, Jameson regained the strength to go back to work. She left Las Vegas for Los Angeles, and soon afterwards signed the contract with Wicked Pictures.

The prudent deal she cut there, and her careful control of the number of films she made and the sex acts she agreed to commit in front of the camera, would be the beginning of the branding of Jenna Jameson. By 1998 she had become the biggest porn star in the world; in 2003 she married her second husband Jay Grdina (her first was a porn director called Rod).

Grdina is the only man with whom she now has sex on film, and they live together in a big house in cosily conservative Scottsdale, Arizona: 'I just wanted to live someplace,' she explains, 'where the people were really nice.'

But even there, she says, the smell of freshly cut grass still reminds her of meth. Jenna Jameson says she never had a problem having sex with people she didn't care about; it was just work. She'd never dream of having a video camera in her own bedroom for fun, and she never watches porn for pleasure.

As far as possible, she tries to avoid watching any of her films. There are good professional reasons for this, she explains: 'I critique myself. Constantly.'

When she sees herself on screen, Jenna says, she worries about the way she looks - her body, her acting, her reactions. She simply doesn't like the way it makes her feel.

'It weirds me out a little bit,' she admits. 'The sex scenes are very hard to watch. Only because, like - it's strange to see your private parts that big. Hahahaha.'

Well, that's what I would think, but I'd have thought you would have got used to the idea.

'I can watch other people - but I just can't watch myself. It's weird - it's embarrassing. I'm like, "OhmiGod, why am I doing that? What an ugly face! This is so gross!"'

Having sex for a living has made Jenna Jameson very rich. ClubJenna Inc is privately owned, so its financial details are hard to come by. But the company's annual turnover - including its subscription-only website, video productions, merchandising and lines of sex toys - is estimated at between $5 million and $15 million. Lately Jenna Jameson has been thinking about retirement. It isn't age, she says.

'I could go for another ten years. As long as you take care of yourself and look good, then they keep coming back.'

Her autobiography is part of a three-book deal with HarperCollins, and she's been thinking about writing a novel. More pressingly, she and Jay are trying to start a family - and as soon as she gets pregnant, she says, she'll stop making films. She isn't worried that it will hurt her career: 'I think it's going to enhance it. Did it hurt Pam Anderson's career?' she says, winking and clicking her tongue.

'It gives a whole different side to a woman, you know? It's a natural thing.'

After 11 years in the industry she's starting to get bored.

'I'm starting to want to phase myself out from in front of the camera. And just kind of live, like, more of a normal life.'

In preparation for this, Jameson and Grdina have shot a stockpile of sex scenes - enough to keep the brand going for years. And for dedicated fans there are plenty of ClubJenna-endorsed ways to remember her. There are mugs, calendars, T-shirts; there are vibrators; and there is Jenna's Vagina and Ass, a life-size replica moulded from UR3, or ultra-realistic 3.0, which 'feels amazingly real - just like a woman!'

This last item gives Jameson pause for thought.

'That totally weirds me out,' she says. 'The fake vagina. Knowing that somebody's using this thing and thinking about me.'

Nevertheless, she made sure that both this and the life-size Jenna Jameson 'love doll' are anatomically accurate.

'They put plaster all over me. It was the most ridiculous thing you've seen in your life. They moulded my entire body.'

At this, Jenna Jameson pauses and places her hand on her forehead. 'God!' she exclaims, and then, in the tone of the tortured artist: 'The things I have to do for my craft!'

'How To Make Love Like a Porn Star' (HarperCollins, £15.99) by Jenna Jameson and Neil Strauss is available from Telegraph Books Direct (0870 155 7222) at £13.99 plus £2.25 p and p
Jenna Jameson in the Telagraph WTF!:eek:

esquímaux
Sep 20th, 2004, 07:18 PM
Who is Jenna Jameson?

Cam'ron Giles
Sep 20th, 2004, 07:31 PM
Who is Jenna Jameson?
You are soooo gay...:tape: :tape: :lol: :lol:

spartanfan
Sep 20th, 2004, 07:39 PM
The problem I have with Jenna isn't the fact that she's a porn star, but I heard her give an interview where she stated (after fucking literally 100's of men on screen) that she has never had sex with a black guy. When Wendy Williams asked her if it was because it would "diminish" her appeal and wouldn't be able to command as large and asking price. Jenna totally changed the subject. I was like shocked. So its all right to be a total whore for money, as long as you don't truly degrade yourself and have sex for money on tape with a black guy!!!! So to me that's a stanky whore.

flyingmachine
Sep 20th, 2004, 07:40 PM
You are soooo gay...:tape: :tape: :lol: :lol:
Unless people who are watching porn no one knows who is Jenna Jameson anyway I don't know who is Jenna Jameson till this thread.

alfajeffster
Sep 20th, 2004, 07:40 PM
Who is Jenna Jameson?
The annoying woman with breasts that float to the surface when in a swimming pool. You know, the source of all that pesky spam you never asked for but keep getting on your computer at work.

Joana
Sep 20th, 2004, 08:04 PM
How to make love like a porn star? That is, how to fake an orgasm? Thanks, Jenna, but I can do it myself.

flyingmachine
Sep 20th, 2004, 08:28 PM
How to make love like a porn star? That is, how to fake an orgasm? Thanks, Jenna, but I can do it myself.
:haha:

esquímaux
Sep 21st, 2004, 03:11 AM
Unless people who are watching porn no one knows who is Jenna Jameson anyway I don't know who is Jenna Jameson till this thread.
Oh ok, thanks :lol:

esquímaux
Sep 21st, 2004, 03:12 AM
You are soooo gay...:tape: :tape: :lol: :lol::confused:

Helas
Sep 21st, 2004, 02:49 PM
Originally Posted by Joana
How to make love like a porn star? That is, how to fake an orgasm? Thanks, Jenna, but I can do it myself.

:lol: :lol: ;)

"Sluggy"
Sep 21st, 2004, 03:12 PM
Fascinating article - the mold of her 'tush' reminds me of a poster i met once. he kept wanting me to estimate the girth of a specific tennis players thighs and calves. he sent me like 15 pms asking me over and over again her physical measurements. I was sure that he was trying to make a replica.

Helen Lawson
Sep 21st, 2004, 04:26 PM
Doing porn is the kiss of death for making it in Hollywood, though Crawford did "The Plumber" in her early days, a blue movie gang bang that she and MGM bought all the copies up of and destroyed after she made it big. I'm not sure if a blue movie gang bang from the 1920's is hardcore by today's standards, but it was hastily covered up. Traci Lords has had limited success in B-movies and some TV spots.
Jenna Jameson has really marketed herself well in that she could do legit guest spots and people would want to see it. I've seen better boobs jobs, though.

harloo
Sep 21st, 2004, 04:55 PM
The problem I have with Jenna isn't the fact that she's a porn star, but I heard her give an interview where she stated (after fucking literally 100's of men on screen) that she has never had sex with a black guy. When Wendy Williams asked her if it was because it would "diminish" her appeal and wouldn't be able to command as large and asking price. Jenna totally changed the subject. I was like shocked. So its all right to be a total whore for money, as long as you don't truly degrade yourself and have sex for money on tape with a black guy!!!! So to me that's a stanky whore.
The majority of white men who watch porn in the USA don't want to see a black male pleasuring white women. Mr. Marcus and Sean Micheals are two of the biggest porn stars in the industry and they have been told that in certain parts of the states the interracial thing is prohibited.

Jenna is a whore straight up, but she is a smart whore. She made her fortune by not doing certain acts, and limiting her video exposure and for the most part that includes staying away from controversy. I have never seen one of her movies:hehehe: :angel: , but she has milked the industry and made a brand that's very profitable.

Helen Lawson
Sep 21st, 2004, 05:04 PM
The majority of white men who watch porn in the USA don't want to see a black male pleasuring white women. Mr. Marcus and Sean Micheals are two of the biggest porn stars in the industry and they have been told that in certain parts of the states the interracial thing is prohibited.

Jenna is a whore straight up, but she is a smart whore. She made her fortune by not doing certain acts, and limiting her video exposure and for the most part that includes staying away from controversy. I have never seen one of her movies:hehehe: :angel: , but she has milked the industry and made a brand that's very profitable.
Is this true? One time I was in Lawrenceville visiting Anne Welles and we went to the videostore to rent a movie (I had had it with her stupid Gillian Girl montage tapes) and we accidentally stumbled into the adult section. There were loads of "blacks on blondes" videotapes. Well, Anne and I were shocked and we left the store. Lawrenceville isn't the South, but it is pretty provencial, so I have to think that the blacks on blondes thing must be pretty popular.

Helas
Sep 21st, 2004, 06:53 PM
Originally Posted by harloo

but she has milked the industry
:tape: :)

spartanfan
Sep 21st, 2004, 08:23 PM
Is this true? One time I was in Lawrenceville visiting Anne Welles and we went to the videostore to rent a movie (I had had it with her stupid Gillian Girl montage tapes) and we accidentally stumbled into the adult section. There were loads of "blacks on blondes" videotapes. Well, Anne and I were shocked and we left the store. Lawrenceville isn't the South, but it is pretty provencial, so I have to think that the blacks on blondes thing must be pretty popular.

Hey HL, I'm in Georgia too. Smyrna. And even in the porn stores that are out in the suburbs there are tons of interracial films-"blacks on blondes" tapes/dvds and they aren't all being bought up or rented by black men/women. So while it may not be everyones taste, neither is s&m, midgets, pregnant women having sex on tape, scat, etc, etc. etc. Jenna is just a dirty fucking whore and BIGOT.

jayman
May 2nd, 2007, 07:43 PM
Well i don`t like porn stars doing porn. I prefer amateur porn. It`s more natural. Look at all this free sites like pichunter (www.askjolene.com) or flizzer (www.flizzer.com) and you `ll find thousands of them. I am not so stuppid to pay for porn.

By the way I guess Jenna is real bitch!

Stamp Paid
May 2nd, 2007, 08:13 PM
The problem I have with Jenna isn't the fact that she's a porn star, but I heard her give an interview where she stated (after fucking literally 100's of men on screen) that she has never had sex with a black guy. When Wendy Williams asked her if it was because it would "diminish" her appeal and wouldn't be able to command as large and asking price. Jenna totally changed the subject. I was like shocked. So its all right to be a total whore for money, as long as you don't truly degrade yourself and have sex for money on tape with a black guy!!!! So to me that's a stanky whore.

That bitch was lying anyway, I've seen a scene with her and Jake Steed in it.

Pureracket
May 2nd, 2007, 09:00 PM
That bitch was lying anyway, I've seen a scene with her and Jake Steed in it.You watch too much porn.

Kenny
May 2nd, 2007, 09:16 PM
You watch too much porn.

:lol::lol: Amen!!

stevos
May 2nd, 2007, 11:15 PM
Jenna Jameson is hot I guess, but the fake boob thing, i dunno other girls do it for me more.

(At first glance I thought it said "Jamea Jackson" :tape: :haha: :haha: :o )

miffedmax
May 2nd, 2007, 11:55 PM
I don't like fake boobs either.

selking
May 3rd, 2007, 12:14 AM
not gonna lie here, I really enjoyed that book.