Although she’ll most likely under no circumstances escape her notorious past as an underage porn queen, Traci Lords has since established herself like a credible actress and dance-club diva, choosing to concentrate mainly within the former. Lords was created Nora Louise Kuzma on, may 7, 1968, in Steubenville, OH; she endured an abusive years as a child where she was molested by her alcoholic dad (an event she would later on sing about within the music “Father’s Field”). When she was 14, her mom was granted a divorce and shifted the family members to Redondo Seaside, near LA. However, she quickly dropped from high school, went abroad, and created addictions to alcoholic beverages and cocaine. By using a fake Identification and delivery certificate list her birth day as 1965, she wanted income like a nude model, showing up in Penthouse in Oct 1984; she graduated to adult movies the same yr and quickly became a wildly well-known star, showing up among 80-100 features on the next 2 yrs. In 1986, Lords journeyed to France and, on her behalf true 18th birthday, produced her just legal adult film, Traci I REALLY LIKE You (that she managed the distribution privileges). While she was eliminated the FBI, functioning on an anonymous suggestion, raided her house and discovered the reality about her age group. Producers and video shops rushed to draw her suddenly unlawful tapes from the marketplace, and Lords was blacklisted with the adult entertainment sector as abuse for the legal complications she’d triggered anyone connected with her movies. After her cold-turkey leave from porn, Lords examined performing and was quickly ensemble in her initial nonadult film, Roger Corman’s Not really of This Globe, in 1988, which highlighted the only real nude picture of her mainstream performing career. 2 yrs later, she arrived a major function in John Waters’ Cry Baby, and was well on her behalf way to continuous work. She started planing a trip to the U.K. through the early ’90s and fell in love with the techno and electronica well-known over the London membership picture; in 1992, she also sang support vocals over the Manic Road Preachers’ “Small Baby Nothing at all,” an anti-objectification melody over the über-political rockers’ debut record Era Terrorists. Lords have scored several even more prominent assignments in film and tv, showing up within the Stephen Ruler miniseries The Tommyknockers in 1993, John Waters’ Serial Mother in 1994, and was a continuing personality on Melrose Place during 1995. That same calendar year, Lords released her debut record, 1000 Fires. Astonishing those who had been planning on sexpot dance-pop within the vein of Madonna or Samantha Fox, the beat-heavy record reflected the actual fact that Lords got discovered digital music within the night clubs of Britain, where it been around in a very much purer, undiluted type. Therefore, Lords acquired recruited the Goa trance/techno clothing Juno Reactor to take care of a lot of the creation, with extra help from Jesus Jones head Mike Edwards. Though 1000 Fires was generally well-received, Lords provides since elected to focus on performing, where she’s carved out a reliable career being a prominent B-movie celebrity.
Full Name Traci Lords
Height 1.7 m
Profession Singer, Film director, Film producer, Nude model, Screenwriter, Voice Actor
Education Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, Redondo Union High School
Spouse Jeff Gruenewald, Ryan Granger, Brook Yeaton
Awards Penthouse Pet of the Month, VGX Award for Best Supporting Female Performance
Music Songs Control, Fallen Angel, Outlaw Lover, Last Drag, Father's Field, Distant Land, Okey Dokey, Good-N-Evil, You Burn Inside of Me, He's My Bitch, I Want You, Say Something, Pretty, Sunshine, Fly
Albums 1000 Fires, Sunshine
Nominations VGX Award for Cyber Vixen of the Year
Movies Cry-Baby, Not of This Earth, Blade, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Excision, Serial Mom, Crazy Eights, Shock 'Em Dead, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, Intent to Kill, Novel Romance, Laser Moon, The Nutt House, Devil May Call, Black Mask 2: City of Masks, Princess of Mars, Chump Change, Virtuosity, The Soccer Nanny, Extramarital, Boogie Boy, Plughead Rewired: Circuitry Man II, Nowhere, Dragstrip Girl, Your Name Here, They Shoot Divas, Don't They?, Mafia Docks, Epicenter, Fast Food, Deathlands: Homeward Bound, Dead Man's Island, Underworld, Nightmare Nurse, Frostbite, Sharkansas Women's Prison Massacre, D.R.E.A.M. Team, Ice, Bandit: Bandit's Silver Angel, The Chosen One, Skinner, Official Rejection, Me and Will, As Good as Dead, Manhood, Blood Money, Raw Nerve, The Killing Club, Certain Guys, Tag, Here & Now, Stir
TV Shows Celebrity Paranormal Project, First Wave, Profiler, The Tommyknockers, Swedish Dicks
Attended Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California. A fellow student was Brandy Ledford.
Mother, with Jeff Gruenewald, of son Joseph Gunnar Lee, born October 7, 2007. He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces.
A bra worn by Traci (from her relationship with ex-fiancé John Enos III) sold at auction on eBay for $80.00 in April, 2007.
She contributed vocals to the Manic Street Preachers song "Little Baby Nothing," from the Welsh group's "Generation Terrorists" album in 1992, and released as a single in November of that year. The song is about the sexual exploitation of a woman and singer/guitarist James Dean Bradfield said that "we needed somebody, a symbol, a person that could actually symbolize the lyrics and justify them to a certain degree. Traci was more than happy to do it. She saw the lyrics, and she had an immediate affinity with them. It was definitely easy to incorporate her personality into the lyrics. We just wanted a symbol for it, and I think she was a great symbol." Traci said that "I listened to the tape and really identified with the character in the song...this young girl who's been exploited and abused by men all her life."
She is easily the most successful of former porn stars to make a transition to mainstream movies.
Has 1st KYU in Bujinkan Ninjutsu.
Her father, Louis Kuzma, was born in West Virginia, of Czech, Slovak, and Ukrainian descent. Her mother, Patricia Louise (Briceland), has English, Scottish, and German ancestry.
Had her name legally changed to Traci Elizabeth Lords.
Penthouse Pet of the Month - September 1984
Was the centerfold model for the same issue of Penthouse Magazine that "exposed" Miss America 1984, Vanessa Williams. Because she was underage, it was illegal to own or trade that issue unless the pictorial of Ms. Lords was removed.
[about her first time at an X-rated set] Yeah, it was scary. It was very scary. I was really young, and I was really inexperienced sexually.
[about what drove her to porn industry] My damage drove me into porn. I mean, I was a little girl. And I had like all of this stuff. I'd been raped. I'd been molested. I'd been abused. I was messed up. And I was angry. And the same thing that later helped me to change my life when I was 18 and out of that world that helped me to get sober and helped me to gather the courage to go and do the work I needed to do, to look at some things in my life that were so ugly.
[about porn industry] You know, I can tell you from my personal experience that I've never met a happy porn star.
I hate the phrase "former porn queen." That part of my life was a long time ago. Think of something else to call me... I'm successful in spite of my past, not because of it.
[about her porn career] I was really young, I was really stupid about some things.
[about her porn career] No one put a gun to my head and said "you have to do this."
My parents never got along. It was a very ugly scene to be a part of.
[asked about her role as Jordan Radcliffe on First Wave (1998)] I jokingly refer to it as the DKNY Militia because she always looks great. When she's battling the aliens, she's always got the best leather pants on.
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