Date of Birth: 11 March 1959, Berkeley, California, USA
Birth Name: Marie Louise Hartman
Height: 5' 5¾" (1,67 m)
Weight: 129 lbs (59 kg)
Filmography: 1094 as actress
Alternate Names: Nina Hartly, Nina Hartman, Nina Hartwell
Nina Hartley was born Marie Louise Hartman on March 11, 1959, in Berkeley, California. After graduating from Berkeley High School in 1977, Nina attended San Francisco State University's undergraduate school of nursing and graduated in 1985. Her career in the adult-entertainment industry began while she was in her sophomore year of nursing school, when she started work as a stripper at the Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theater in San Francisco, Her adult-film debut came in Educating Nina (1984), which was produced and directed by veteran porn star Juliet Anderson, better known as "Aunt Peg". In 1997 Nina appeared in Boogie Nights (1997) playing William H. Macy's serially unfaithful wife.
Ernest Greene (7 July 2003 - present)
David Arthur Carr (31 July 1986 - 2003) (divorced)
Blond hair and blue eyes
Holds a bachelor's degree in nursing.
Is a registered nurse.
Appeared on many daytime talk shows, including Oprah Winfrey and Phil Donahue, as a defender of the X-rated film industry. She was also often asked to discuss alternative marriages such as her own open three-way marriage in which she, her husband and a third woman (to whom he had committed to prior to her) all share a home.
Often to discuss alternative marriages such as her own open three-way marriage where she, her husband, and a third woman (to whom he had committed to prior to her) all share a home.
Retired from eligibility to be named AVN (Adult Video News) star of the year following her third win, and is now in the AVN Hall of Fame.
Appeared in an MTV documentary about the porn industry.
Said in an interview that she chose the name "Nina" because it was easy for Japanese tourists to say during the time she was a dancer in San Francisco. She chose "Hartley" because she liked the popular camera commercials Mariette Hartley was making with James Garner at the time.
Switched from nursing to pornography because she couldn't handle seeing people die.
Her first adult film was Educating Nina (1984).
Engaged to adult film director Ernest Greene. 
She and her husband at the time moved to southern California from the San Francisco area specifically to break into the porn business. One day her husband ran into actress/producer Juliet Anderson in a market and told her about his wife. Anderson said to send her a photo and when she saw it, she hired Hartley almost immediately.
Although of Jewish descent, Nina's parents became Zen Buddhists when she was a child.
Her family was originally from Alabama, and her grandfather was one of the lawyers who defended the black teenagers accused (as it turned out, falsely) of raping a white woman in the infamous 1931 "Scottsboro Boys" case in Alabama.
Profiled in the book "Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985" by Jill C. Nelson.
The idea that a woman could choose, on purpose, to perform in pornographic videos for her own reasons still goes deeply against the notion that women are somehow victims of male sexuality, that they're delicate flowers who need the protection of a good man or the law.
If we accept that a young women can consent to have an abortion or become a parent, then it stands to reason that we must accept that she can consent to make pornography. Of all the branches of sex work available porn is the safest, so it's legal to make and we have an excellent testing program in place.
Sex isn't something men do to you. It isn't something men get out of you. Sex is something you dive into with gusto and like it every bit as much as he does.