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Traci Lords Biography
Traci Elizabeth Lords born Nora Louise Kuzma and who is populary known as Traci Lords, is an American actress, singer, model, writer, producer, and director.
She was born on May 7, 1968 in Steubenville, Ohio, to Louis and Patricia Kuzma. In September 1982, she began attending the Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California.
Traci Lords Age
She was born on May 7, 1968.
Traci Lords Sister
Lords has one elder sister, Lorraine, and two younger sisters, Rachel and Grace.
Traci Lords Husband
Traci Lords was in affairs with many guys and married three men in her life. She first married to an American actor Brook Yeaton on 1990 to 1995. Later, Lords married for a second time to Ryan Granger on 1999 but the relationship was too short, and they split up on 2000. On 23rd Feb 2002 Lords married to actor/producer, Jeff Gruenewald with whom she has one child, Joseph Gunnar Lee born on 7th October 2007. The couple is currently living together in Los Angeles, California.
Traci Lords Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $7 million.
Traci Lords Measurements
Height in feet:5’7″/170cm
In February 1984, she answered a newspaper advertisement for Jim South’s World Modeling Talent Agency. Hayes drove her to the agency posing as her stepfather . She began working as a nude model after signing a contract, and appeared in magazines such as Velvet, Juggs, and Club. During August, when she was selected to model for Penthouse magazine’s 15th anniversary issue, 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 quit high school at age 15 and entered the sex industry, where education was irrelevant.
Lords made the first of her many illegal movies during October 1984, when she appeared in What Gets Me Hot! alongside Tom Byron, who later became her boyfriend off-screen. At first she only appeared in a non-sex role, but was later replaced with a hardcore scene. In her next movie, Those Young Girls, she appeared in a sex role alongside Harry Reems and Ginger Lynn. After appearing at age 16 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. Lords continued making more movies until the autumn of 1985, when she tried to quit the industry at age 17 but she returned a few months later. Afterwards, she met Stuart Dell, who became her boyfriend, manager, and business partner. They formed the Traci Lords Company. 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.Traci Lords Photo
Three weeks after Lords’ 18th birthday, in late May 1986,authorities discovered she had been underage when she appeared in the porn movies. She had lied to law enforcement, photographers, producers, directors, co-workers, and the general public for two years. The owners of her movie agency and X-Citement Video, Inc. were arrested. She was taken into protective custody and hired high-profile lawyer Leslie Abramson. District attorney’s investigators searched Lords’ Redondo Beach home as well as the Sun Valley offices of Vantage International Productions on July 10, and the Sherman Oaks offices of modeling agent Jim South. South and other industry officials said that Lords, who was 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 claimed she was born on November 17, 1962.
Traci Lords I Love You
The only movie legally available in the United States after the authorities requested that all the movies short by her previously as an underage, was Traci, I Love You, filmed in Cannes, France, only two days after her 18th birthday. She sold her rights to Traci, I Love You during early 1987 for over $100,000. 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 a mainstream actress, and wanted no older movies still available. “Traci, I Love You” was the last porn film that featured Traci Lords. Lords was offered enormous sums of money to continue in porn, but she declined the requests.
Leslie Jay, spokeswoman for Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione, also said Lords showed identification indicating that she was older than 18 before the illicit photos for the September 1984 issue were taken . When investigators used Lords’ fake birth certificate and fake state identification cards to locate the real Kristie Nussman, Nussman said that 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.”
Lords decided to concentrate on acting after spending several months in therapy. She enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, where she studied method acting for three months. After completing the acting classes , Lords placed an advertisement in The Hollywood Reporter looking for representation. She was contacted by Fred Westheimer and although the agency declined to officially 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. She met the director Jim Wynorski, shortly afterwards, 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). However, Lords turned down the offer due to the requirement of having a nude scene, since she was trying to establish herself as a serious actress. She also signed with a modeling agency under her birth name Nora Kuzma and appeared on two covers of Joe Weider’s magazine Muscle & Fitness. Around that time, Lords became a spokesperson for Children of the Night, an organization for runaways and abused children, and was planning to release a book titled Out of the Blue: The Traci Lords Story.
Traci Lords Cry Baby
John Waters auditioned her in March 1989, for his teenage comedy musical Cry-Baby (1990). She won the role 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. She met the property master Brook Yeaton, whom she began dating while on the set of the film. The couple married in September 1990 in Baltimore, Maryland. In June 1990, the exercise video Warm up with Traci Lords was released. Directed and produced by her former boyfriend and business partner 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.
Lords decided to emphasize her career as a recording artist in 1992. She first got signed to a development deal with Capitol Records. 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. During 1993, Lords was cast in the television adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Tommyknockers.
Lords began working on her debut album during the spring of 1994. 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. During January 1995, Lords appeared in four episodes of the television series Melrose Place, where she played the part of Rikki Abbott. Her debut studio album, 1000 Fires, was released on February 28, 1995.
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. 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.
She has appeared in dozens of films and television shows from Roger Corman’s Not Of This Earth, Cry Baby, Blade, Zack & Miri Make a Porno to Excision; from Melrose Place, Roseanne, Will & Grace and Gilmore Girls to series regular roles on NBC’s Profiler and Syfy’s First Wave.
Her autobiography Traci Lords Underneath it All (HarperCollins) was a NY Times Bestseller and has been optioned for a miniseries. Her pioneering techno album 1000 Fires (Radioactive/MCA) topped the Billboard Dance Chart and was featured on both the Mortal Combat and Virtuosity soundtracks. Her directorial debut, Sweet Pea was produced under the auspices of the renowned Fox Searchlab. She has recently launched the fashion line Traci Lords for Couture for Every Body.
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- Not of This Earth
- Fast Food
- Shock ‘Em Dead
- Raw Nerve
- A Time to Die
- The Nutt House
- Intent to Kill
- Laser Moon
- Desperate Crimes
- Plughead Rewired: Circuitry Man II
- Serial Mom
- Blood Money
- Boogie Boy
- Me and Will
- The Killing Club
- Chump Change
- Full Blast
- Certain Guys
- Black Mask 2: City of Masks
- Novel Romance
- Crazy Eights
- The Chosen One
- Your Name Here
- Zack and Miri Make a Porno
- I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
- Princess of Mars
- Here & Now
- Au Pair, Kansas
- Devil May Call
- Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre
- Nightmare Nurse
- Swedish Dicks