Nina Hartley (born Marie Louise Hartman on March 11, 1959 in Berkeley, California) is an American pornographic actress, film director and sex educator. Hartley was born to a socialist Jewish family and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended San Francisco State University's undergraduate nursing school and graduated magna cum laude in 1985. She is a registered nurse. Starting off by working as a stripper, most notably in the infamous Mitchell Brother's theater. This work acted as a springboard into the world of pornographic videos, and Nina began acting in 1984 at the age of 25.
The 1984 Atom production 'Educating Nina' was her breakthrough role, produced by Juliet Anderson (also known as'Aunt Peg' and 'Judy Carr'), who had discovered Nina after meeting her in a market. The film featured Nina in the first and second scenes, the first being a lesbian scene alongside Karen Summer and second being a boy/girl scene with Billy Dee. Her website.