Karen Summer

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Karen Summer
Karen Summer 2015.jpg
Karen Summer at Adultcon LA in Los Angeles, California on March 1, 2015
Born (1962-07-22) July 22, 1962 (age 56)[1]
San Fernando Valley, California, U.S.[2]
Other names Karin Summers, Dana Alpher, Karin Sommers, Karren Summers, Ricky Lane, Karen Summers, Maria Johnson, Karen Sommers, Michelle Lee, Michel Lee, Michel Leigh, Rickie Lane & Karen Sommars[1]
Years active 1982-1993[3][4]
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)[1]
Website karensummerxxx.com

Karen Summer (born July 22, 1962) is an American pornographic actress.[1]

Early life[edit]

Summer was raised in Tarzana and Encino, Los Angeles.[5] She worked as an extra, photo double, stand-in, and production assistant in the mainstream entertainment industry prior to working in porn.[3][5] She worked on The Dukes of Hazzard for three years[3][5] when she was between the ages of 18 and 20.[6]


Summer was introduced to the adult film industry by Jim South, whom she met at an El Torito.[5][7] She did her first nude photo shoot with Bobby Hollander in the summer of 1982, four days before her 20th birthday.[7][6] Her first scene was in the film Shades of Ecstasy.[5][7] She initially used the stage name Ricky Lane before changing it to her current stage name after approximately six months in the business.[5] She quit performing in adult films in 1993.[3][4] For the most part, she spent the last five years of her career working as a feature dancer and burlesque performer.[7]

In 2014, Summer returned to the industry after she ran into Nina Hartley, who encouraged her to resume her adult film career.[5] She currently hosts her own show on XXX Porn Star Radio.[3][5]

Personal life[edit]

Summer lived in Florida for twenty years during her hiatus from porn.[4] She was married for ten years[4] and got divorced in 2000.[3][5] She has an associate's degree in law and used to work as a paralegal, and also used to work as a medical assistant and certified nursing assistant.[3][4][5] She moved back to Los Angeles in February 2014.[5]



  1. ^ a b c d e Karen Summer at the Internet Adult Film Database
  2. ^ a b AVN Staff (December 24, 2014). "Class of 2015: Meet the AVN Hall of Fame Inductees". AVN. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Dustin Nichols (July 21, 2014). "Adult Film Legend Karen Summer on How Porn Has Changed". Man Cave Daily. Archived from the original on May 2, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e Dan C. (August 22, 2014). "9 Questions with Karen Summer". Die-Screaming. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Mark Kernes (May 23, 2014). "Karen Summer's Back and Ready for Action". AVN. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Ivor Irwin (March 16, 2015). "Interview: Karen Summer". BaDoink. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d "Karen Summer – Interview". Lusty Mature. November 4, 2014. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  8. ^ Allen Smithberg (February 25, 2015). "XRCO Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees". AVN. Retrieved February 25, 2015.

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