Traci Lords
American film actress, producer, film director, writer and singer
Traci Lords
Traci Lords, also known as Traci Elizabeth Lords and Tracy Lords, is an American film actress, producer, film director, writer and singer. She first achieved notoriety for her underage appearances in pornographic videos and Penthouse magazine (she was 16 years old in her first movie), later becoming a successful television and B-movie actress.
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Liz Smith: Is Lindsay Lohan Running to a Clean and Sober Life? Leah Remini Not Afraid of Scientologists -- Not There's Anything to Be Afraid Of!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Lindsay is a sweet and vulnerable young woman. I really could tell that she has goodness in her spirit and just needs guidance in certain areas...I am always trying to encourage people to take better care of themselves." That's Olympic running hopeful Shannon Rowbury, in a sweet personal note to me that arrived last Friday. It's been all over the news that Shannon and Lindsay Lohan are "new BFF's." That Shannon is "mentoring" the actress. This might be something of an exaggeration, but the two have certainly met -- once -- and Rowbury was impressed. Lindsay seemed open to "getting in better shape." (Gossip items insist that Lindsay is now informing hotels to clear her mini-bars of all liquor.) Well, good luck to Miss Lohan, for whom I still hope the best, and to Miss Rowbury, who leaves for Soochi, Russia soon. • P.S. Speaking of Lindsay, I went to see the critically excoriated movie "The Canyons." It pretty much deserved what it got review-wise, and the directo ...
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Vanessa Berben: An Exclusive Interview with Fashion Designer Neil Autry of Western Evil
Huffington Post - over 4 years
If you're a horror/cult/gore fanatic like me (who isn't?) then you've hopefully heard of Neil Autry and his label Western Evil. If you haven't, then here's your chance to meet the designer behind one of the most high quality counter-culture fashion labels in the US. I recently sat down with Neil as he gears up to take the Western Evil crew to Chicago Comic-Con and tried my hardest not to throw myself at his adorable feet. (Spoiler alert: I totally failed, but that's why you love me anyway.) VB: You began Western Evil in 2007 after the death of a friend inspired you to go after your dreams. With everything going on around the country right now, can you talk about turning a tragedy like that into something so positively transformative? NA: Well, it took a little while to turn the actual idea into a reality. Something I could grab and say this is mine, I made this. A lot of times it's hard to find something positive in tragic events. Life is short and should be enjoye ...
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'Deep Throat': How The Controversial Linda Lovelace Movie Changed Culture
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
Four decades after the pornographic film "Deep Throat," we need not one, but two biopics on the star of the movie, Linda Lovelace. (The first stars Amanda Seyfried. The other which may never happen -- stars Malin Akerman.) These dueling projects are just one measure of how big a deal "Deep Throat" remains 40 years after it went into wide release, on June 30, 1972. Other measures include the multi-billions in profits earned each year by a porn-film production industry that scarcely existed before "Deep Throat," the level of household-name fame the film's title earned amid the Watergate scandal, the countless courtroom challenges over whether porn merits First Amendment protections, and the still-ongoing debate over whether porn is good or bad for women -- a debate embodied by the life story of Lovelace herself, still the most famous/infamous porn star who ever lived. And then there's the snickering or prickly reaction you had upon reading the phrase "Deep Throat" a few moments ago. Y ...
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Not Safe for Work Excision Trailer Brings the Pain
Dread Central - almost 5 years
On tap next for you cats is the NOT SAFE FOR WORK trailer for the Sundance sensation Excision (review here). Make sure no one is looking before you watch. Richard Bates, Jr.’s debut feature film is produced by Dylan Hale Lewis and stars AnnaLynne McCord (“90210”), Traci Lords (Cry Baby), Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”), Roger Bart (“Desperate Housewives”), Jeremy Sumpter (Soul Surfer), Malcolm McDowell, Matthew Gray Gubler (“Criminal Minds”), Academy Award® winner Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God), Ray Wise (Good Night and Good Luck) and John Waters. Synopsis Life sucks when you’re seventeen. Alienated teen Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord) struggles with the pressures of fitting into high school, pleasing her parents and a burning desire to lose her virginity. With a grotesque curiosity for the darker side of life, Pauline is considered a social outcast by everyone around her. Enticed by flesh, she retreats into her own fantasies and hopes to become a great surgeon…that is if she ...
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Comment on Hisbollah – 'Kiss my ass' shirt by The Dictator
Mideast Youth - almost 5 years
Bashar Hafez al-Assad was born in Damascus on 11 September 1965 Hasan Nasrallah was born in a refugee camp in eastern Beirut on 31 August 1960 Alexis Texas was born in Panama on 25 May 1985 Allie Haze was born in Montana on 10 May 1987 Traci Lords was born in Steubenville, Ohio on 7 May 1968 Ginger Lynn was born in Rockford, Illinois on 14 December 1962 Asia Carrera was born in New York on 6 August 1973 Chasey Lain was born in Newport, North Carolina on 7 December 1971 Briana Banks was born in Munich, Bavaria on 21 March 1978 Olivia O’Lovely was born in Riverside, California on 26 September 1976 Stormy Daniels was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on 17 March 1979 Jewel De’Nyle was born in Wetmore, Colorado on 5 August 1976 Brittany Andrews was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 13 August 1973 Sunrise Adams was born in St. Louis, Missouri on 14 September 1982 Alexa Rae was born in Atlanta, Georgia on 10 December 1980 Selena Steele was born in Los Angeles, California on 17 Janu ...
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Trailer Talk: 'John Carter of Mars' Is No 'Prince of Persia' - Big Hollywood
Google News - over 5 years
Still, if it's better than that travesty that came out a few years ago with Antonio Sabato Jr. and Traci Lords this fan will be happy. There was a decent Japanese cartoon back in the 80s. Don't know if it is still available but it was very popular on
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Kỳ4: Làm lại cuộc đời - Tin nhanh
Google News - over 5 years
Traci Lords nhanh chóng trở thành ngôi sao, tham gia một loạt vai diễn trong 2 năm (1985, 1986) giúp cô nhận vô số giải Oscars dành cho phim khiêu dâm. Những người hâm mộ cho biết, hơn 100 phim sex có Traci Lords tham gia diễn xuất, (trong khi cô tuyên
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Traci Lords Stops Fucking The Consequences! - Village Voice (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
30 2011 at 10:30 AM ​Once a teenage "bad girl" who sparked a firestorm of controversy when it leaked out that she was an underage porn star, Traci Lords went on to music, a John Waters movie, her memoirs, and now more music. On September 20, her album
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Johnny Depp, Amy Locane, Iggy Pop, Willem Dafoe, Ricki Lake, Traci Lords - Norsk Filminstitutt: Cinemateket
Google News - over 5 years
Wade Walker har tilnavnet Cry Baby fordi han kan felle en eneste liten tåre og få alle pikene til å hvine. Cry Baby er drape, synger i et rockabillyband og har ikke annet enn et foraktfullt snerr til overs for de striglede squares
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Sit down, chill with Jeff - Tampabay.com
Google News - over 5 years
Delusional actors thinking they can carry a tune are an age-old scourge (anybody want to buy a barely used copy of Traci Lords' 1000 Fires album?), but 61-year-old national treasure Bridges always makes top-shelf product, so why doubt him now?
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Memoirs Of A Girlvert: Oriana Small At The Booksmith - The San Francisco Appeal
Google News - over 5 years
Jenna Jameson's memoir was a trotty tiptoe through the tropes, while Traci Lords' combined teasing the readers' lust for sleaze into a pile of anti-porn regrets by the tale's end. Neither were satisfying, and left an artificial aftertaste that made
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Traci Lords Filmography - Screen Junkies
Google News - over 5 years
Despite being best known for entering the world of porn at age 16, Traci Lords' filmography includes several mainstream movies. Below is a list of some of her most famous Hollywood films. "Not of This Earth" Leading off the Traci Lords Filmography is
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Watch Jonathan Lipnicki Age 15 Years in 2 Seconds - Crushable
Google News - over 5 years
and he's got two movies coming out soon: For the Love of Money and Tag. In the latter, he'll star alongside Traci Lords and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Jerry Maguire kid and McLovin' together in one movie? Call the pet adoption people pronto
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Traci Lords Is Pissed At Amazon For Selling (Her) Underage Porn - Jezebel
Google News - over 5 years
Actress Traci Lords is apparently pretty pissed off at Amazon right now —and she's considering taking legal action. The former porn actress started out in the film industry in 1984 when she was just 16-years-old —a fact that others in the industry
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Simone Corday: Sex and Scandal Behind The Green Door - SexIs Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
One of their last films was The Grafenberg Spot (1985), featured an underage Traci Lords. They were the first to pioneer the transfer of film to videotape while marketing in national magazines. Hunter Thompson, the outlaw journalist and O'Farrell's
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Amazon Is Selling Vintage Child Porn Featuring Traci Lords - Seattle Weekly (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
27 2011 at 6:00 AM ​To this day, Traci Lords remains one of the most iconic names in porn. The Ohio-born blonde bombshell first entered the adult-entertainment industry in 1984 with films like Those Young Girls, Hot Pink, and Lust in the Fast Lane
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Prism Comic-Con 2011 Wrap-Up! - Prism Comics
Google News - over 5 years
Chip says that Alex Ross designed the costume (and based her face on Traci Lords) and JH took it to another level. Overall, the panel was informative and fun, with Paul Cornell exclaiming it was the best organized panel he'd ever been on! I agree
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John Waters Newbie Screens a Waters Marathon - San Diego Reader (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Well, other than the makeup on former underage porn star Traci Lords that made her look as if being viewed thru a half-melted film clip from Faster Pussycat Kill Kill! As far as the overall setup and mood (Cool Kids VS Straights), the replication of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Traci Lords
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 47
    In March 2016, the television thriller Nightmare Nurse, in which Lords appeared, premiered.
    More Details Hide Details It was announced that Lords will appear in the upcoming series Swedish Dicks. In June, Lords announced her clothing line in collaboration with Pin Up Girl Clothing inspired by her character of Wanda Woodward from Cry-Baby (1990), as well as the 1950s fashion and pin-up models. She commented on her inspiration behind the line: "John wrote such strong characters in Cry-Baby. And in that rockabilly/punk rock/vintage-pinup-girl kind of world, Wanda Woodward is pretty much a queen." Lords is a strong supporter of the LGBT community.
  • 2015
    Age 46
    In May 2015, Lords appeared in an episode of the reality television series Celebrity Wife Swap.
    More Details Hide Details In September, the E39 NYC Club Mix of "I'll Be Your Alibi" became available online. The E39 Paparazzi Mix of "Catch Me in the Pose" surfaced in November.
  • 2014
    Age 45
    She was nominated for the Best Guest Star – Drama at the 2014 Indie Series Awards.
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  • 2013
    Age 44
    In 2013, Lords appeared in the horror movie Devil May Call (2013) and an episode of the web series EastSiders.
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  • 2012
    Age 43
    Lords also voiced the character of Layla Stockton in the 2012 video game Hitman: Absolution.
    More Details Hide Details Following the Steubenville High School rape case, Lords spoke up on the topic and subsequently released the song "Stupidville" as a response to the case. "I was born in Steubenville, Ohio and I was raped in there. So was my mother. I think there's a sickness in that city," Lords said.
    Lords starred alongside AnnaLynne McCord and Ariel Winter in the horror Excision (2012), which premiered in January 2012 at the Sundance Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Her portrayal of the hyperreligious and controlling mother Phyllis earned Lords Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as Fright Meter Award and CinEuphoria Award. In September, Lords released a compilation of dance music Traci Lords Presents: M2F2 (2012). It featured three of her own remixed tracks as well as songs by other artists. The song "He's My Bitch" managed to chart on the Billboard Dance Club Songs peaking at number twenty-five.
  • 2011
    Age 42
    Lords starred in the drama comedy Au Pair, Kansas which premiered in April 2011 at the Kansas City FilmFest.
    More Details Hide Details In July, Lords officially signed to independent record label Sea To Sun Recordings and in October made her musical comeback with the song "Last Drag". The single was successful in dance charts debuting at number forty-five and eventually peaking at number four on the Billboard Dance Club Songs.
  • 2010
    Age 41
    In March 2010, Lords announced she began working on her new album with "Pretty" being the lead single.
    More Details Hide Details However, the project was later shelved and "Pretty" was released as a promotional single only.
  • 2009
    Age 40
    During 2009, Lords appeared in the direct-to-DVD science fiction movie, Princess of Mars, alongside Antonio Sabàto, Jr. She later regretted making the movie saying: "Somewhere in my heart of hearts I was worried that I might be doing something wrong but I believed the voices of those around me who said 'No, it'll be artistic, no it'll be creative.
    More Details Hide Details You'll look beautiful. We have a very limited budget but honest, you'll be proud.' And it was bad, very bad. At least that was what I was told. After watching the first two minutes I had to turn it off and hide under the covers."
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 39
    During January 2008, it was announced that Lords had been cast in Kevin Smith's comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008).
    More Details Hide Details She said that at first she wanted to refuse but changed her mind after reading the script. "It was really great that in taking the movie, because I didn't plan on going back to work right away, but I was dying to work with Kevin. I never thought it would be on something called Zack and Miri Make a Porno. What? So I went and I read the script at his house and I was prepared to say no. I thought I have the perfect out. I just had a kid. No one is going to blame me if I say I just can't do this right now. But it made me laugh out loud and it made me just literally cry. It was just funny." Initially, Lords had a topless scene in the movie, but refused since she would breastfeed in between the takes. Katie Morgan, another former pornographic actress, also appeared in the film.
  • 2007
    Age 38
    On October 7, 2007, at the age of 39, she gave birth to a son, Joseph Gunnar Lee, her first child with her husband of five years, Jeff Lee.
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    By the beginning of 2007, Lords became unexpectedly pregnant.
    More Details Hide Details She first announced her pregnancy in June: "I kind of thought the children thing was off the table. Now I’m expecting a boy! We're stunned and thrilled. I just want you to know, these 36-D's are mine. I haven’t had a boob job. I am 5 1/2 months pregnant! But now I’m starting to show. And my husband is happy with the changes in my figure."
  • 2004
    Age 35
    On December 28, 2004, she independently released two songs, "Sunshine" and "You Burn Inside of Me", via online music store CD Baby.
    More Details Hide Details Both of the songs along with "What Cha Gonna Do" were featured in the television series Joan of Arcadia. "You Burn Inside of Me" was also used in the commercial for Duprey Cosmetics, in which Lords appeared.
  • 2003
    Age 34
    During 2003, it was announced that Lords was working on new music and had recorded a cover version of Missing Persons' song "Walking In L.A.".
    More Details Hide Details Directed by Mike Ruiz, the music video was premiered during her interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
    Her autobiography, Traci Lords: Underneath It All was published during July 2003 by HarperCollins.
    More Details Hide Details In the book, Lords chronicles her childhood, career and mostly her past in the porno movie industry. The book received positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success making The New York Times Best Seller list. It was criticized by porno movie industry insiders. In the book, Lords reveals that she only received $35,000 as total compensation for all her porno movies, including the $5,000 for her appearance in Penthouse. Lords continues to use the stage name she gave herself as a minor, and ultimately made it her legal name. She explained, "I chose to stop running from it. Instead, I won it, legally changing my name to Traci Elizabeth Lords. That's who I was, and that's who I was going to be." In her interview with Oprah Winfrey she stated: "I found you can run, but you cannot hide."
    In 2003, Lords published her autobiography, Traci Lords: Underneath It All, which received positive reviews from critics and debuted at number 31 on The New York Times Best Seller list.
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  • 2000
    Age 31
    In 2000, Lords had lead roles in the films Epicenter and Chump Change.
    More Details Hide Details Her role of Sam in the romantic comedy Chump Change earned her the Film Discovery Jury Award for Best Actress at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. In September, she became a regular cast member in the third season of the Sci-fi Channel television series First Wave, becoming the first recurring female character to be featured on the series. She played Jordan Radcliffe, an heiress and leader of the Human Resistance Group "The Raven Nation" after the aliens used her brother to murder her parents.
  • 1999
    Age 30
    At the premiere of the film, Lords announced she was finishing her sophomore album on Radioactive Records that would be released in the spring of 1999.
    More Details Hide Details However, it was later neglected after she left the record label. In August, Lords ended her two-year relationship with John Enos after they reportedly got in an argument because her cat was killed by one of Enos' dogs.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 29
    In 1998, Lords had a supporting role in the crime thriller Boogie Boy and starred in the drama Extramarital.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in the action horror film Blade (1998) in which she played the vampire seductress Racquel. Lords was eventually approached to appear in the sequel Blade II (2002) portraying Racquel's twin sister Valerine in seeking of vengeance upon Blade. However, she turned down the offer because of her contradictory schedule.
  • 1997
    Age 28
    In 1997, Lords appeared in a small part in the Gregg Araki film Nowhere, and starred in the drama thriller Stir.
    More Details Hide Details She also guest starred on television series Nash Bridges and Viper. In November, she became a recurring cast member in the second season of the crime television series Profiler. She played a felon, Sharon Lesher, who is manipulated by a serial killer Jack-of-All-Trades and eventually becomes his partner in crime Jill-of-All-Trades.
  • 1996
    Age 27
    In 1996, she appeared in a commercial for GUESS with Juliette Lewis.
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  • 1995
    Age 26
    By the end of 1995, Lords divorced her husband of five years, Brook Yeaton.
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    On August 12, 1995, she was the opening act of the Lollapalooza after party, Enit Festival, alongside Moby, Sven Väth, DJ Keoki and Single Cell Orchestra.
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    Her debut studio album, 1000 Fires, was released on February 28, 1995.
    More Details Hide Details It received generally positive reviews and the lead single "Control" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs. An instrumental version of "Control" was remixed and released on the soundtrack to Mortal Kombat (1995), which was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album's second single, "Fallen Angel", was also successful in charts, peaking at number eleven on Hot Dance Club Songs. The Paul Oakenfold remix of the song was included on the soundtrack of the movie Virtuosity (1995), in which Lords had a cameo appearance. After the release of the album, Lords embarked on a small tour performing as a DJ, mostly in Miami nightclubs.
    During January 1995, Lords appeared in four episodes of the television series Melrose Place, where she played the part of Rikki Abbott.
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  • 1994
    Age 25
    During the spring of 1994, Lords began working on her debut album.
    More Details Hide Details The company arranged her to fly to London and meet with producer Tom Bailey. After finishing her recording with Bailey, Lords was introduced to producer Ben Watkins of Juno Reactor with whom she recorded more techno influenced songs. She later met Mike Edwards, the main singer of the band Jesus Jones. Around the same time, Lords was cast in the television series Roseanne, appearing in three episodes.
  • 1993
    Age 24
    During 1993, Lords was cast in the television adaptation of Stephen King's novel The Tommyknockers.
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  • 1992
    Age 23
    During 1992, Lords decided to emphasize her career as a recording artist.
    More Details Hide Details She first got signed to a development deal with Capitol Records, but was later dropped due to disagreements between her and the company. After meeting with Rodney Bingenheimer at a birthday party, she was recommended to Jeff Jacklin, who hired her to record the song "Love Never Dies" for the movie Pet Sematary Two (1992). The producer of the soundtrack, Gary Kurfirst, signed Lords to his company Radioactive Records. She was later featured on the songs "Little Baby Nothing" by Manic Street Preachers and "Somebody to Love" by Ramones.
  • 1991
    Age 22
    In 1991, Lords starred in the thriller Raw Nerve and the action crime film A Time to Die.
    More Details Hide Details Lords also pursued her modeling career. She relocated to London and began modeling for many fashion designers including Thierry Mugler.
  • 1990
    Age 21
    In June 1990, the exercise video Warm up with Traci Lords was released.
    More Details Hide Details Directed and produced by her former boyfriend and business partner Scott Bell (under the name Stewart Dell), the video had been filmed in early 1988. As Lords wrote in her autobiography, she was unsatisfied with the final version of the video. An extended version was reissued in 1993 under the title Traci Lords: Advanced Jazzthetics.
    The couple married in September 1990 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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  • 1989
    Age 20
    In March 1989, John Waters auditioned her for his teenage comedy musical Cry-Baby (1990).
    More Details Hide Details She won the audition and appeared in the film alongside Johnny Depp and Ricki Lake. The film was a critical and commercial success, and her portrayal of the rebellious teenager Wanda Woodward established her as a legitimate actress. On the set of the film, she met the property master Brook Yeaton, whom she began dating.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 19
    In November 1988, Lords enrolled in another acting class and again began looking for an agent.
    More Details Hide Details In December, she mass-mailed her resume to various agents and arranged a meeting with Don Gerler. Lords auditioned for the part of Breathless Mahoney in the film Dick Tracy (1990), but the role went to Madonna.
    After her departure from pornography, Lords enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute where she studied method acting with the intention of becoming a mainstream actress. She made her screen debut in 1988 (two years after quitting porn), when she had a leading role in the remake of Roger Corman's sci-fi classic Not of This Earth.
    More Details Hide Details Lords followed with the role of Wanda Woodward in John Waters' teen comedy, Cry-Baby (1990). Her other acting credits include the television series MacGyver, Married... with Children, Tales from the Crypt, Roseanne, Melrose Place, Profiler, First Wave, Gilmore Girls and Will & Grace. She also appeared in films such as Virtuosity (1995), Blade (1998), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) and most recently Excision (2012), which earned her Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as Fright Meter Award and CinEuphoria Award. In addition to her film career, Lords also pursued music. After her song "Love Never Dies" was featured on the soundtrack to the film Pet Sematary Two (1992), she was signed to Radioactive Records and subsequently released her debut studio album, 1000 Fires (1995) to critical acclaim. Despite the poor sales of the album, the lead single "Control" had moderate commercial success. It managed to peak at number two on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart and was included on the soundtrack to the film Mortal Kombat (1995), which was eventually certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
  • 1987
    Age 18
    She sold her rights to Traci, I Love You during early 1987 for $100,000.
    More Details Hide Details This action resulted in claims that she herself had tipped off the authorities to gain immunity from prosecution, while being the only one to profit from the movie. Lords denies this notion in her autobiography and says she was reluctant to sell the rights, since at that time she was trying to become an ordinary actress, and wanted no older movies still available. After spending several months in therapy, Lords decided to concentrate on acting. She enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, where she studied method acting for three months. After leaving the school, Lords placed an advertisement in The Hollywood Reporter looking for representation. She was contacted by Fred Westheimer and although the agency refused to represent her, he decided to send her out on a few auditions. As a result, she was offered a guest role in an episode of the television series Wiseguy. Shortly afterwards, she met the director Jim Wynorski, who was directing the remake of Roger Corman's 1957 sci-fi classic Not of This Earth. He immediately cast Lords into the lead role of Nadine Story, and Not of This Earth (1988) became her first mainstream film debut since her departure from the adult film industry. Although the film failed at the box office, it did well in video sales, and, based on that success, Lords was offered to appear in Wynorski's next film, The Haunting of Morella (1989).
  • 1986
    Age 17
    John Weston, attorney of the Adult Film Association of America, said distributors should withdraw any movie made before May 1986, featuring Lords "in sexual conduct, no matter how briefly".
    More Details Hide Details The withdrawal of Lords' movies from the market cost the industry millions of dollars. Government prosecutors declared Lords was a victim of a manipulative industry, maintaining she was drugged and made to do non-consensual acts. Industry insiders, including Ron Jeremy, Tom Byron, Peter North, and Ginger Lynn, said they never saw her use drugs and that she was always fully aware of her actions. While most of her movies were removed permanently from distribution in the United States, several were re-edited to remove Lords' scenes entirely (such as Kinky Business and New Wave Hookers), or in a few cases, had new footage filmed with a different actress playing her part (as in Talk Dirty to Me Part III). The only movie legally available in the United States was Traci, I Love You, filmed in Paris only two days after her 18th birthday.
    On July 17, 1986, video rental shops and adult movie theaters in the USA were ordered to withdraw all material featuring Lords from their shelves.
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    During late May 1986, around three weeks after Lords' 18th birthday, authorities discovered she had been underage after having appeared in about 75 pornographic movies.
    More Details Hide Details The owners of her movie agency and X-Citement Video, Inc. were arrested. (See United States v. X-Citement Video) She was taken into a protective custody and hired a high-profile lawyer, Leslie Abramson. On July 10, district attorney's investigators searched Lords' Redondo Beach home, the Sun Valley offices of Vantage International Productions, a major producer of adult movies, and the Sherman Oaks offices of modeling agent Jim South. South and other industry officials said that Lords, on seeking employment, provided a California driver's license, a U.S. passport, and a birth certificate, which stated that her name was Kristie Nussman and gave a birth date of November 17, 1962. Leslie Jay, spokeswoman for Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione, also said Lords showed identification indicating that she was older than 18 years of age before the illicit photos for the September 1984 issue were taken. When investigators, using her birth certificate and state identification cards, located the real Kristie Nussman, she said her birth certificate had been stolen a few years earlier and that an impostor had apparently forged her name on official forms. Two adults who knew Lords, but who requested anonymity, said they saw her picture in the adult magazine Velvet during July 1984, and telephoned the district attorney's office to inform authorities that she was underage, but that an investigator told them, "There isn't anything we can do about it."
    During January 1986, she announced her return to porn with the formation of TLC (the Traci Lords Company).
    More Details Hide Details Dell and Lords made a distribution deal with Sy Adler, an industry veteran who ran Vantage International, that they would produce three movies for the company. During March, the first TLC feature, Traci Takes Tokyo, was released. The second, Beverly Hills Copulator, was released afterwards, and the third movie, Screamer, (Eddie Dzial) was shelved.
    Lords continued making more movies until the autumn of 1986, when she decided to quit the industry.
    More Details Hide Details Afterwards, she met Stuart Dell, who became her boyfriend, manager, and business partner.
  • 1984
    Age 15
    Lords made her first movie during October 1984, when she appeared in What Gets Me Hot! alongside Tom Byron, who later became her boyfriend off-screen.
    More Details Hide Details She first appeared only in a non-sex role, but was later replaced with a hardcore scene. In her next movie, Those Young Girls, she appeared alongside another female pornstar Ginger Lynn. After appearing with John Leslie in the porno parody of the movie Splash, Talk Dirty to Me Part III, which won the AVN Award for the best movie, Lords was hailed as the "Princess of Porn". She became one of the highest-paid porno actresses of that time, earning more than $1,000 a day. Besides her work in porn, she also appeared in the music video for "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'" by the heavy metal band Helix.
    The September 1984 issue, for which centerfold she was paid $5,000, became the best-selling issue in the history of Penthouse, partly because it also featured a nude pictorial of Vanessa Williams, who had won the Miss America Pageant the previous year.
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    In February 1984, she answered a newspaper advertisement for Jim South's World Modeling Talent Agency.
    More Details Hide Details Posing as her stepfather, Hayes drove her to the agency. After signing a contract, she began working as a nude model and appeared in magazines such as Velvet, Juggs, and Club. During August, when she was hired to model for Penthouse magazine, Lords was asked to choose a stage name. She chose Traci, one of the popular names she had longed for growing up and Lords, after the actor Jack Lord since she was a fan of the television series Hawaii Five-O, in which he portrayed the character of Steve McGarrett. After some of her schoolmates recognized her in the Velvet magazine pictorial, she left high school at age 15 and never went back.
  • 1982
    Age 13
    In September 1982, she began attending the Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California.
    More Details Hide Details During her early school years, Lords developed a rebellious attitude. She was angry at her mother, blaming her for their poverty, and found a father figure in her mother's boyfriend. Roger Hayes, as she calls him in her autobiography, was a cocaine dealer and molested Lords in her sleep. After her mother broke up with him due to his drug use, she began dating his friend. Lords refused to follow them to a new place and was left with her older sister Lorraine. Her mother and two younger sisters eventually ended up in a women's shelter until her mother was able to find a new apartment. At the age of 14, Lords became pregnant by her high school boyfriend. Afraid of her mother's reaction, she went to Hayes for help. He arranged for her to have an abortion without her mother's knowledge. Looking for a job to get some money, she was introduced to his friend for whom she started working as a babysitter. She offered to solve Lords' job problems by helping her get a fake driver's license. She provided Lords with a new birth certificate on condition that she would say she had stolen it if she was ever caught. With a new driver's license with the name Kristie Elizabeth Nussman that stated she was 22 rather than 15 years old, Lords lined up a few job interviews.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Born
    Lords was born Nora Louise Kuzma on May 7, 1968, in Steubenville, Ohio, to Louis and Patricia Kuzma (née Briceland).
    More Details Hide Details Her father's parents were immigrants from Ukraine, while her mother was of Irish ancestry. Louis worked as a steelworker. Lords has one elder sister, Lorraine and two younger sisters, Rachel and Grace. Her father was an alcoholic who would abuse her mother on a regular basis. According to her, he would come home drunk and accuse her of having boyfriends in the house. During that time, Lords would often spend time with her grandmother who lived nearby. Her parents divorced when she was seven years old and Lords moved with her mother and sisters to her great-grandmother's house. Following their divorce, her father got a partial custody. Around that same time, her mother enrolled at the Ohio University and landed only a part-time job. You know, kids at sixteen, a husband who drinks and beats you. When I hit L.A., I said 'There's gonna be some changes here.' I hated the world. I was hateful to my mother. If I came home from a date at 11:30 and my mother questioned me, I'd say, 'I was out fucking somebody!' I wasn't.
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