Today is Nina Hartley’s 50th birthday, which is sobering. I have now been getting off to Nina Hartley movies for half of her life. Not to mention considerably more than half of mine. Not continuously, mind you, although with more than eight hundred titles on her resume, you probably could do it that way if you wanted to.
I remember my first Nina Hartley movie – it’s no longer in circulation, as is true of all too many of them, but that’s okay. With that many to choose from and more coming out all the time (what with new performances from Cougar Nina as well as re-releases of classic titles), there are plenty more to enjoy. Young Nina, MILF Nina, Educator Nina – it’s like she has her own Barbie-style lineup.
I have met Nina Hartley four times. Three of those times were for interviews and we were very professional; the fourth I will leave to your imagination, except to say that I would have to have been in a very different profession for it to have been professional behavior. The first time was when I was very new to meeting and interviewing porn stars – it was doubly thrilling, since Nina is one of the biggest and most famous, and I practically dined out on the story for weeks, with my friends demanding to know every detail. “You met Nina Hartley?”
During the time I was actually talking to Nina, I did not find myself thinking anything like “Hey, I’ve watched this woman have sex like five hundred times!”, and now that I have interviewed her three times I don’t find myself thinking “Hey, I’ve talked to her three times!” While I am watching her have sex for the seven or eight hundredth time. I have to resolve my Ninas.
Here’s to Nina, and here’s hoping her birthday is as much fun as it looks like pretty much every other day is for her!