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 42)
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Ethnicity Italian/Dutch[2]
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 199 as a performer
28 as director (per IAFD)[4]

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

Personal life[edit]

Lynn was born in Puerto Rico and moved to New Jersey at age five.[5] She was raised in Jackson Township, New Jersey.[2][6] She is of Italian and Dutch descent.[2] She attended a Catholic high school and became a stripper during her last year there.[5]


In June 2000, Lynn signed a one-year exclusive performing contract with Pleasure Productions.[2] As of 2009 she continues to make movies for the company, as well as for her own studio, Gina Lynn Productions.[7] She also directs and has over 20 films to her credit.[4]


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 2002 she had a cameo as a stripper in the film Analyze That. In recent years Lynn has appeared in several romantic comedies[10] and other mainstream crossover roles such as Mancation (2012) with Joey Fatone,[11] Calvin's Dream (2011),[12] Rap Sucks (2011),[13] Booley (2010),[14] Still a Teen Movie.[15] Lynn has also appeared in four episodes of the WE network reality series Secret Lives of Women[16] and had the lead role in an independent short Allure (2009).[17]

In March 2012, Lynn was announced by Penthouse to be their Penthouse Pet for April 2012.[18]

Retirement from adult[edit]

In 2012 Lynn announced that she had retired from the porn industry, but continues to appear on webcams.[19]



  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 d e Humphrey Pennyworth (June 15, 2000). "Gina Lynn Signs With Pleasure One Year, 10 Video Deal". AVN. Archived from the original on October 25, 2002. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Stern Show News – Archive". 2006-05-04. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  4. ^ a b Gina Lynn at the Internet Adult Film Database
  5. ^ a b "PinkWorld Interview with Gina Lynn". PinkWorld. Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Gina Lynn Crosses Over to Mainstream, Returns to Roots". AVN. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  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. ^ Gina Lynn at the Internet Movie Database
  11. ^ Mancation at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ Calvin's Dream at the Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ Rap Sucks at the Internet Movie Database
  14. ^ Booley at the Internet Movie Database
  15. ^ Still a Teen Movie at the Internet Movie Database
  16. ^ Staff. "Secret Lives of Women (2005– ) TV Series - Reality-TV". Amazon. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Allure at the Internet Movie Database
  18. ^ Penthouse Magazine April 2012
  19. ^ "Gina Lynn Is Done With Porn". 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  20. ^ a b c d e [1] Archived July 22, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ "AVN - Gina Lynn Takes Prize At Exotic Dancer Awards". 2003-08-29. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  22. ^ AVN Awards Past Winners
  23. ^ "Awards Won" (in Spanish). Barcelona International Erotic Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2007-06-09. Retrieved 2007-11-17. 
  24. ^ David Sullivan (2008-06-07). "2008 F.A.M.E. Winners Announced at Erotica LA". AVN. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  25. ^ "2010 Nominees". Retrieved 2009-11-26. 

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