Hyapatia Lee

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Hyapatia Lee
Victoria (Vicki) Lynch[1]

(1960-11-11) November 11, 1960 (age 58)
Other namesHyapatia, Hypatia
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Spouse(s)Jack (1 child)[1]
Bud Lee (19??-1993) (divorced; 2 children)[1]

Victoria Lynch[1] (born November 11, 1960), known professionally as Hyapatia Lee, is an American writer and Native Strength advocate who is a former exotic dancer, pornographic actress, and recording artist . As a one-quarter Cherokee, she was the only Native American in the adult business during her tenure; this contributed to her becoming one of the best-known pornographic actresses of the Golden Age of Porn.[1] Lee is an AVN and XRCO Hall of Fame inductee. She is an online columnist for High Times.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Lee was born in Haughville, Indianapolis, to teenage parents and is of Cherokee and Irish descent. She attended the local high school, where she performed in several musicals.[1]


After winning the Miss Nude Galaxy contest in Roselawn, Indiana in 1979 (and again in 1981),[2] its owner cast Lee in The Young Like It Hot (1983). Her movie debut happened in Naughty Girls Need Love Too,[4] also from 1983.

In 1984, she appeared in Sweet Young Foxes.[1] In that same year she appeared in Penthouse magazine, in the same September record-breaking best-selling issue that featured Miss America 1984, Vanessa Williams.[1]

Over time, her husband Bud Lee joined the cast and crew of her films. Together they created the second-most-expensive pornographic film (at the time), The Ribald Tales of Canterbury (1985),[1] with Bud directing and Hyapatia starring and screenwriting a version of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.[5]

In 1993, she was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame,[1][6] and the XRCO Hall of Fame in 1994.[7] She was also given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Free Speech Coalition in 1995.[8]

In 1998, members of her fan club received a report that she had died due to diabetes. The report was inaccurate.[9]

Like many performers, she retained no rights to her films, and does not earn royalties and chooses not to sue to reclaim cybersquatting entities that use her alias in their domain names.[1]


Lee has appeared on a variety of television shows such as The Robin Byrd Show[10] in 1977, the Howard Stern Show[11] in 1991, and more recently The Bill Cunningham Show[12] in 2011. She has appeared in minor roles such as the 1994 thriller Killing Obsession.[13] In 2013 she appeared in an episode of the Showtime Cable network's After Dark television series Gigolos.[14]


For SRO Records, Lee recorded the 7" single, "Telephone Man", released in 1988;[15] and the album Two Sides Of Hyapatia Lee in 1989.[16] "Rub-a-Dub-Dub" from the album featured on Dr. Demento's 'Funny Five' playlist, airing April 30, 1989.[17]

In 1994, Lee recorded the album Double Euphoric with her band W4IK.[18] She toured with the same band, which was based in Los Angeles, and also with another band, based in Indiana, called Vision Quest.

In 1999, one of Lee's tracks from her 1994 release appeared on the music CD Porn to Rock.[19]

Double Euphoric was re-released in September 2010, both in physical and digital versions,[18] via outlets such as CD Baby, Amazon and Apple iTunes.

Author and filmmaker[edit]

In 2000, Lee self-published an autobiography, The Secret Life of Hyapatia Lee.[1][20] In 2016, she authored a self-help book, Native Strength – The First Step on the Path to an Indomitable Life, the first in a series.[21] She has subsequently put out four additional Native Strength self-help books.[22]

In 2017 four more of her Native Strength series books were published: Stories Around the Wheel of Life, Star People, Skinwalkers, and Raven Mockers: Aliens and Native Americans, Overcoming Bullies: The Third Step on the Native Strength Path, and The Circles of Life: The Second Step on the Native Strength Path.

Personal life[edit]

She views Hyapatia as a particular personality that allowed her to perform.[1] She met and married Bud Lee, with whom she bought land in rural southern Indiana, where she has lived since.[1] The couple had two children, whom she homeschooled at their Indiana home.[1] In 1993 she retired from the industry and separated from Bud the same year. She has since remarried and had another child.[1]



  • Rosemary Skinner Keller; Rosemary Radford Ruether; Marie Cantlon (2006). Encyclopedia of women and religion. Indiana University Press. p. 107. ISBN 978-0-253-34686-5. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
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  2. ^ a b Hyapatia Lee at the Internet Adult Film Database
  3. ^ "5 Questions for Hyapatia Lee". High Times. March 29, 2013. Archived from the original on September 3, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  4. ^ "Naughty Girls Need Love Too: Hyapatia Lee, Honey Wilder, Ron Jeremy, Richard Pacheco, Randy West, Rachel Ashley, Edwin Brown: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  5. ^ Hyapatia Lee on IMDb
  6. ^ "AVN Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2007-12-29.[dead link]
  7. ^ a b "XRCO Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on October 7, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
  8. ^ a b "5 Questions for Hyapatia Lee". High Times. 2013-03-29. Archived from the original on 2017-09-03. Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  9. ^ XBIZ (2004-12-06). "Porn Star Comebacks". XBIZ.com. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  10. ^ Staff. "The Robin Byrd Show: Season 1, Episode 2 Episode #1.2 (1977) TV Episode – 30 min – Adult, Reality-TV, Talk-Show". Amazon via IMDb. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  11. ^ Staff. "The Howard Stern Show Episode dated 19 October 1991 (19 Oct. 1991) TV Episode – 60 min – Comedy, Talk-Show". Amazon via IMDb. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  12. ^ Staff. "The Bill Cunningham Show: Season 1, Episode 17 Sex-Crazed & Out of Control! (11 Oct. 2011) TV Episode – 60 min – Talk-Show". Amazon via IMDb. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  13. ^ Staff. "Killing Obsession (1994) 95 min – Thriller – 20 July 1994 (USA)". Amazon via IMDb. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  14. ^ Staff. "Gigolos: Season 4, Episode 2 Bro Choice (25 Apr. 2013) TV Episode – Reality-TV". Amazon via IMDb. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  15. ^ "Hyapatia Lee - Telephone Man". Discogs. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Hyapatia Lee - Two Sides Of Hyapatia Lee". Discogs. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  17. ^ "The Dr. Demento Show #89-18 - April 30, 1989". dmdb.org. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  18. ^ a b "Biography | Hyapatia Lee, Official Website". Hyapatialee.net. 1960-11-11. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  19. ^ "Really Randoms". Rolling Stone. January 22, 1999. Archived from the original on September 19, 2010. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  20. ^ Hyapatia Lee (2000). The Secret Life of Hyapatia Lee. ISBN 978-1-58721-906-1.
  21. ^ Lee, Hyapatia (Aug 19, 2016). Native Strength – The First Step on the Path to an Indomitable Life. AuthorHouse. ISBN 9781524623678.
  22. ^ Lee, Hyapatia (2017). Native Strength Series. Amazon Kindle Edition.
  23. ^ "Past AVN Award Winners". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
  24. ^ "Adult Video Awards". Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
  25. ^ "25th Annual AVN Awards Show". avnawards.com. Archived from the original on October 2, 2008.

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