Asia Carrera

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Asia Carrera
Asia Carrera iafd.jpg
Born Jessica Steinhauser[1]
(1973-08-06) August 6, 1973 (age 41)[2]
New York City, New York, USA[2]
Nationality American
Ethnicity German American, Japanese American[1]
Education Rutgers University
Home town Little Silver, New Jersey
Height 5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)[2]
Weight 128 lb (58 kg; 9.1 st)
Religion Atheist (None)
Spouse(s) Bud Lee (1995–2003; divorced)[2]
Don Lemmon (2003–2006; widowed)[2]
No. of adult films 407 (per IAFD)
Website
http://www.asiacarrera.com

Asia Carrera (born Jessica Steinhauser[1] on August 6, 1973) is an American former pornographic actress.[2]

Early life[edit]

Asia Carrera was born in New York City to a Japanese father and German mother,[3] the eldest of four siblings.[4] She was raised in Little Silver, New Jersey, attending the Little Silver School District and Red Bank Regional High School. She studied piano as a child and performed at Carnegie Hall twice before the age of 15.[2] At the age of 16, she taught English at Tsuruga College in Japan.[2][5]

She was awarded a full academic scholarship to Rutgers University, where she majored in Japanese and Business but from which she did not graduate,[2][6][7] and is a member of Mensa,[2][5][8] with an IQ of 156.[9]

Career[edit]

Adult film career[edit]

Carrera's adult film career ran from 1993 to 2003 and included over 400 films and video features.[10] According to interviews, she chose her stage name surname from actress Tia Carrere, changing the spelling for legal reasons.[11]

Carrera was the first Asian performer ever to win the award AVN Female Performer of the Year Award.[12]

Carrera lent her voice to several erotic hentai OVAs for publisher Pink Pineapple, such as Inmu (2001)[13] and Shusaku (1999).[14] In October 2001, Carrera attended the Big Apple Anime Fest in New York City for her voice roles and along with Kobe Tai was an Opening Night Guest of Honor at the fest's Midnight Anime Concourse.[15]

Carrera was also in the 2010 documentary After Porn Ends, which is about life after being a porn actor.[16]

In 2011, Complex magazine ranked her at #5 in their list of “The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time.”[17]

Other work[edit]

In 1998, she appeared in an uncredited cameo role in the film The Big Lebowski in the faux pornographic movie Logjammin' within the film.[18][19]

Carrera was a guest reviewer for Maximum PC magazine.[20]

Carrera was featured in the book Part Asian, 100% Hapa by artist Kip Fulbeck. She also provided one of three featured quotes on the book jacket.

Personal life[edit]

After growing tired of impostors claiming to be her on MySpace, Carrera posted her own authentic profile.[21]

Carrera is an avid player of Unreal Tournament. She designed her own game skins and was featured in the show Players on the G4 games cable channel, where she revealed that her screen name is "Megabitchgoddess." Carrera hosted her own Unreal Tournament server that featured custom maps designed by fans who frequented the chatroom that she has hosted on her site since 1997.[citation needed]

She identified investor Warren Buffett as her hero on her website,[22] which Buffett was pleased to learn.[23]

Carrera is an atheist.[24]

Relationships[edit]

Carrera on a film set in 2002.

In September 1995, Carrera married adult film director Bud Lee. They divorced in 2003, but remain good friends.[2] Carrera dated a former grip from her porn sets for a few years until his visa expired and he returned to England. She married nutritionist and author Don Lemmon on December 19, 2003.[2] The couple moved to St. George, Utah, where Carrera gave birth to her first daughter, Catalina, on March 4, 2005.[2][25] Lemmon was killed in a car accident near Las Vegas on June 10, 2006. At the time, Carrera was almost eight months pregnant with their second child.[26] Concerned about her livelihood and worries of not being able to support her two children on her own, Carrera began to solicit donations on her personal web site.[27][28] Eventually, Carrera got a message from an insurance company that a life insurance policy she had forgotten about did exist for her husband, and she was granted it after mandatory investigation.[28]

On May 13, 2007, she announced on her website that she had filed a request to legally change her son's name to Devin D'Artagnan Lemmon, in honor of Devin DeVasquez, the woman who first introduced her to Donald. She explained that "He's not Don, he never will be Don, and it made me want to start crying every time a random stranger would say, 'Oh he's so cute, what's his name?'" The state made an error in changing his name, however, keeping the "III".[29]

On April 14, 2010, Carrera confessed on her blog that she became an alcoholic after the death of her husband, Donald, that she had joined Alcoholics Anonymous, and was in her third week of sobriety. She emphasized that she still did not believe in God, and that it is "actually not mandatory for joining AA."[30]

Commentary on the Susan Russell pornography case[edit]

In 2006, Carrera was asked for commentary by The Spectrum, a St. George, Utah-area newspaper, on the local case of Susan Russell, who was charged with 15 counts of third-degree felony distribution of pornographic material. Russell allegedly sold pornographic materials and sex toys from a back room in her Earrings and More store, potentially violating the "community standards" of the Mormon-dominated town per the Supreme Court case Miller v. California. Carrera opined:

"I deliberately moved to St. George with my husband so we could raise our kids in a conservative atmosphere, in a low-crime, family-friendly state. I do appreciate that the laws are there, and will make it harder for my kids to get into trouble when they get older."

However, she also said,

"Do I have a problem with porn being sold here? No, not per se. I have no problem with porn at all. Trust me, they don't exploit women, and watching porn has never been scientifically shown to lead to any increase in crime rates, be it rape, pedophilia, or any other sexual crimes."

Nevertheless, she reiterated that the community's conservatism was the reason she moved there, and that she had no plans to challenge it.[31]

Awards[edit]

  • 1995 AVN Female Performer of the Year[32]
  • 2000 AVN Best Couples Sex Scene – Film for Search for the Snow Leopard[32]
  • 2000 AVN Award nominee for Best Actress (film)[33]
  • AVN Hall of Fame[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c McDonagh, Maitland. "Question: Is Barbara Carrera, ...". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on January 8, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Bio". asiacarrera.com. Archived from the original on April 8, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Asia Carrera: Why I do porn". 
  4. ^ "House of Truth: Asia Carrera interview". House of Truth. Archived from the original on June 8, 2007. Retrieved June 12, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "The Women of Porn", Playboy, March 2002, page 128
  6. ^ "Home". Asia Carrera Fanclub. 
  7. ^ "Asia Carrera: Interview". Elite Streets Magazine. 
  8. ^ "They're Accomplished, They're Famous, and They're Mensans". Mensa Bulletin (American Mensa) (476): 23. July 2004. ISSN 0025-9543. [dead link]
  9. ^ Cosmin Turcu, Dana Chiru (May 30, 2011). "Căutătorii de genii au recrutat 173 de români". adevarul.ro. Archived from the original on November 10, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2013. (Romanian)
  10. ^ Carrera, Asia. Filmography, AsiaCarrera.com. Retrieved September 10, 2012
  11. ^ Asia Carrera. "How did you pick your name?". asiacarrera.com. Archived from the original on May 20, 2007. Retrieved May 19, 2007. 
  12. ^ Steve Javors (February 27, 2013). "Interview: AVN Female Performer of the Year Asa Akira". AVN. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  13. ^ Clements, Jonathan; Helen McCarthy (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia (Revised & Expanded Edition). Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. p. 301. ISBN 1-933330-10-4. 
  14. ^ "Shusaku and Inmu Details". Anime News Network. May 8, 2001. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  15. ^ "BAAF Wrap-up PR". Anime News Network. November 14, 2001. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  16. ^ "'After Porn Ends' Documentary Reveals The Dark Side of the Industry and Life After Porn". Huffington Post. May 15, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  17. ^ Gabriel Alvarez (September 19, 2011). "The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time". Complex. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  18. ^ Green, Bill; Peskoe, Ben (2007). I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski: Life, the Big Lebowski, and What Have You. Will Russell and Scott Shuffitt. New York, NY: Bloomsbury USA. pp. 75–76. ISBN 978-1-59691-246-5. 
  19. ^ Tyree, Joshua M.; Walters, Ben (2007). The Big Lebowski. BFI Film Classics. London, England: British Film Institute. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-84457-173-4. OCLC 156919357. 
  20. ^ Maximum PC. July 2002. p. 72.
  21. ^ Carrera, Asia. "Blog posting of June 28, 2007". asiacarrera.com. Archived from the original on April 5, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2007. 
  22. ^ Carrera, Asia. "MORE USELESS TRIVIA!". asiacarrera.com. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  23. ^ Schroeder, Alice (2008). The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life. Bloomsbury. p. 729
  24. ^ Carrera, Asia (July 13, 2006). "ASIA'S BULLETINS!". asiacarrera.com. Archived from the original on August 29, 2007. "So me, the completely unsuperstitious atheist, goes and posts on a message board that 'no, I don't believe in bad luck on Friday the 13th'." 
  25. ^ Asia Carrera. "Asia's Bulletins". asiacarrera.com. Archived from the original on March 6, 2005. Retrieved June 12, 2007. 
  26. ^ "Obituaries: Lemmon Jr., Donald". Las Vegas Review-Journal. June 16, 2006. Archived from the original on March 7, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2008. 
  27. ^ "What You Are Getting Today Is a Glimpse Inside My World...". 
  28. ^ a b "Asia's Bulletins!". Archived from the original on March 15, 2007. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  29. ^ Asia Carrera (May 13, 2007). "Asia Carrera Bulletin". asiacarrera.com. Archived from the original on June 1, 2007. Retrieved October 27, 2007. 
  30. ^ Asia Carrera (April 14, 2010). "Asia Carrera Bulletin". asiacarrera.com. Archived from the original on April 21, 2010. Retrieved June 28, 2007. 
  31. ^ "Pornography case puts privacy rights at odds with set public standards". Retrieved January 20, 2007. [dead link]
  32. ^ a b "Past AVN Award Winners". Archived from the original on February 24, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2008. 
  33. ^ "AVN 2000 Nominations". AVN. Archived from the original on January 23, 2000. Retrieved November 24, 2008. 
  34. ^ "AVN Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on February 24, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2008. 

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