Gina Lynn

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Gina Lynn
Gina Lynn 2010.jpg
Gina Lynn attending the Exxxotica Expo, Los Angeles, CA on July 10, 2010
Born Tanya Mercado[1]
(1974-02-15) February 15, 1974 (age 40)
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico[2]
Ethnicity Puerto Rican, Italian
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)[3]
Weight 106 lb (48 kg; 7.6 st)[3]
Spouse(s) Travis Knight (1999-present) (separated)
No. of adult films 188 as a performer
28 as director (per IAFD)[4]

Gina Lynn (born February 15, 1974[1][2]) is an American former pornographic actress. She was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2010 and is the Penthouse magazine Penthouse Pet for April 2012.


As a senior in high school, Lynn worked as a dancer in a strip club, and that led to her adult film career. Subsequently she expanded into modeling in men's magazines, posing for Chéri in 1997. She made her adult film debut in 2001 as a contract girl with Pleasure Productions. As of 2009 she continues to make movies for the company, as well as for her own studio, Gina Lynn Productions.[5]


Lynn made an appearance in Eminem's "Superman" music video, as well as Vinnie Paz's "Keep Movin' On" music video and was an extra in the movies Analyze That and Minghags.[6] She had a brief speaking role as a stripper in a 2004 episode of The Sopranos.[7]

In 2006 Lynn was the subject of an interview by the Detroit newspaper Metro Times.[8] The article compared Lynn to fellow porn actors such as Jewel De'Nyle, Belladonna, Taylor St. Claire and John Stagliano "who delve to the depths of their sexuality to exercise their most base desires".[9]

In March 2012, Lynn was announced by Penthouse to be their Penthouse Pet for April 2012.[10] That same year she announced that she has retired from the porn industry but continues to appear on webcams.[11]


  • 2002 NightMoves Adult Entertainment Award: Best Feature Dancer/Entertainer (Fan's Choice)[12]
  • 2003 Exotic Dancer Award: Adult Movie Feature Entertainer of the Year[13]
  • 2005 AVN Award: Best Gonzo Release for Gina Lynn's Darkside[14]
  • 2005 NightMoves Adult Entertainment Award: Best New Production Company (Fan's Choice)[12]
  • 2006 FICEB Ninfa Award: Best Actress (Public)[15]
  • 2007 NightMoves Adult Entertainment Award: Best Feature Dancer/Entertainer (Editor's Choice)[12]
  • 2007 NightMoves Hall of Fame inductee[12]
  • 2008 F.A.M.E. Award: Favorite Ass[16]
  • 2009 NightMoves: Triple Play Award (Dancing/Performing/Directing)[12]
  • 2010 AVN Hall of Fame inductee[17]

Personal life[edit]

Lynn was born Tanya Mercado to Puerto Rican and Italian parents in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico,[2] and grew up in Jackson Township, New Jersey. She resides and operates Gina Lynn Productions in Reading, Pennsylvania.[18]


  1. ^ a b Matt Richtel (2006-01-05). "A Night to See the Stars Actually Wearing Clothes". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  2. ^ a b c "Gina Lynn Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple". AdultFYI. 2006-05-08. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Stern Show News – Archive". 2006-05-04. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  4. ^ Gina Lynn at the Internet Adult Film Database
  5. ^ "Gina Lynn Crosses Over to Mainstream, Returns to Roots". AVN. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  6. ^ Gene Ross (2005-11-18). "Gina Lynn Interviewed". AdultFYI. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  7. ^ ""The Sopranos" All Happy Families (2004)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  8. ^ Staff. "Starlet nights Em’s fave porn pet Gina Lynn on Detroit; Ubiquity inks Nomo; a killer Encore show". Metro Times. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Stanton, Thomas J. "Metrotimes Spotlights Lynn". Adult Video News. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Penthouse Magazine April 2012
  11. ^ "Gina Lynn Is Done With Porn". 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  12. ^ a b c d e [1][dead link]
  13. ^ "AVN - Gina Lynn Takes Prize At Exotic Dancer Awards". 2003-08-29. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  14. ^ AVN Awards Past Winners
  15. ^ "Awards Won" (in Spanish). Barcelona International Erotic Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2007-06-09. Retrieved 2007-11-17. 
  16. ^ David Sullivan (2008-06-07). "2008 F.A.M.E. Winners Announced at Erotica LA". AVN. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  17. ^ "2010 Nominees". Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  18. ^ Gussow, Mel. "Photographing Celebrities, Even Those of an X-Rated World". The New York Times, July 29, 2003. Accessed July 22, 2008. "Over lunch Ms. Lynn, who is in her late 20's, spoke about her entry into the business. She was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Basking Ridge, N.J.

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