Hyapatia Lee

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Hyapatia Lee
Born Victoria (Vicki) Lynch[1]
(1960-11-11) November 11, 1960 (age 55)
Haughville, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.[1]
Other names Hyapatia, Hypatia
Ethnicity Cherokee, Irish[1]
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Spouse(s) Jack (1997-19??; 1 child)[1]
Bud Lee (19??-1993) (divorced; 2 children)[1]
No. of adult films 96 as a performer
(including compilations)
2 as a director (per IAFD)[2]

Hyapatia Lee (born November 11, 1960) is the stage name of a former American exotic dancer and pornographic actress. 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 most prolific 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 as Victoria Lynch[1] in Haughville, Indianapolis, to teenaged parents and is of Cherokee and Irish descent. She attended the local high school, where she performed in several musicals. In her teenage years she claims to have developed dissociative identity disorder following reported sexual abuse from her stepfather.[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 exposed Miss America 1984, Vanessa Williams (although it became illegal to own since its Penthouse Pet was Traci Lords, who turned out to be a minor at the time).[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 classic The Canterbury Tales.[5]

Lee had difficulties coping with the fame and recognition she received, and she had increasing problems with mental illness. In 1993 she was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder and blacked out after having left the set of Native Tongue, following a confrontation with the director.

Also 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 had received word of her death due to diabetes.[9] It was later revealed by porn journalist Luke Ford to be a hoax that she herself started, in an effort to sell merchandise.[10]


Lee has appeared on a variety of television shows such as The Robin Byrd Show[11] in 1977, the Howard Stern Show[12] in 1991, and more recently The Bill Cunningham Show[13] in 2011. She has appeared in minor roles such as the 1994 thriller Killing Obsession[14] In 2013 she appeared in an episode of the television series Gigolos under her real first name, Vicki.[15] She has recently appeared in a guest spot on the After Dark series Gigalos on the Showtime Cable network .


In 1994 Lee recorded the album Double Euphoric with her band W4IK.[16] 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.[17] In 2000 she self-published an autobiography,[1][18] but she has largely tried to distance herself from her past career.[1] Like many performers, she retained no rights to her films, and she does not earn royalties[citation needed] and chooses not to sue to reclaim cybersquatting entities that use her alias in their domain names.[1]

Double Euphoric was re-released in September 2010, both in physical and digital versions,[16] via outlets such as CD Baby, Amazon and Apple iTunes.


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]

In 2013 she attempted to fund a documentary on Kickstarter in which she intended to discuss her claims of dissociative identity disorder. She said she had six personalities.[22] She contended that her divorce from Bud Lee had been acrimonious and that he had been abusive towards her. In a dedicated chapter of her autobiography, Hyapatia discusses the events leading up to the divorce. She claims that Bud would subject her to mental cruelty by telling their son that that it was his fault the marriage was not happy and that he would phone his colleagues and tell them that no one would hire Hyapatia again, while frequently complaining about the household finances. Hyapatia recounts the last straw when they were driving one night and Bud pulled over to use a phone booth. As she was waiting for him, a crazed fan approached her and sexually accosted her. Hyapatia claims that Bud saw the entire incident but turned his back to continue his phone conversation rather than help his wife. Hyapatia writes that she decided to leave Bud the next day. She has since recounted for these events in a Rialto Report podcast. She has subsequently also accused Bud of owing her $20,000 in back child support.[18][23][24]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Daniel S. Comiskey. "The Naked Truth". indianapolismonthly.com. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  2. ^ a b Hyapatia Lee at the Internet Adult Film Database
  3. ^ "5 Questions for Hyapatia Lee". High Times. March 29, 2013. 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 at the Internet Movie Database
  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 http://www.hightimes.com/read/5-questions-hyapatia-lee
  9. ^ XBIZ (2004-12-06). "Porn Star Comebacks". XBIZ.com. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  10. ^ "Luke Ford". Luke Ford. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ Staff. "Killing Obsession (1994) 95 min – Thriller – 20 July 1994 (USA)". Amazon via IMDb. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  15. ^ Staff. "Gigolos: Season 4, Episode 2 Bro Choice (25 Apr. 2013) TV Episode – Reality-TV". Amazon via IMDb. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Biography | Hyapatia Lee, Official Website". Hyapatialee.net. 1960-11-11. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  17. ^ "Really Randoms". Rolling Stone. January 22, 1999. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
  18. ^ a b Hyapatia Lee (2000). The Secret Life of Hyapatia Lee. ISBN 978-1-58721-906-1. 
  19. ^ "Past AVN Award Winners". Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  20. ^ "Adult Video Awards". Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  21. ^ "25th Annual AVN Awards Show". avnawards.com. 
  22. ^ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1338614290/healing-hyapatia
  23. ^ http://www.pornstarscenter.com/star.asp?id=38
  24. ^ http://www.therialtoreport.com/2014/11/23/hyapatia-lee-secrets-and-lives-podcast-44/

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