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How Many Porn Stars Went To The Ivy League?

Christian writes on ADT:

Since i have been in the adult industry i would say that probably 99 percent of the girls and 95 percent of the guys i have worked with or been around have not graduated from college. a few have attended some college, or gone to junior college, but actually finished a 4 year bachelor’s degree? none that i know of. some of them say they do, but then their timeline is always all wacked when you start asking for specifics. if you are 20 or 21, please tell me how you are a university graduate? lol. then they always say that they graduated HS at like 15 or some shit. Or they go the way of the Sharon Mitchell PhD route. And their “degree” is from the SE Florida Agricultural and Mechanical School for Distance Learning. lol. I get a lot of humor out of some of the girls responses about school. I would LOVE to see Asia Carrera’s diploma from Rutgers by the way. The simple fact is that this business isnt populated by people who entered porn because they didnt feel like the microbiology courses at Stanford were challenging enough for them.A few of the MILF’s dont count, some of them attended college WAY before they entered into this business.

My favorite story is a girl named Leola Jossi, who was only around for like a few months doing girl/girl. And she was not the brightest star in the sky. And she was telling me that she attended Harvard and studied some sort of chemistry. My father is a Biochemist, so i started asking her softball questions about science, and she didnt know shit. Like the atomic weight of gold, or what did the Krebs cycle deal with, i mean easy questions. Good times.

Tristan Taormino writes:

I did not go to an Ivy League school, but I did graduate [Phi Beta Kappa] from Wesleyan University in CT. Wesleyan is considered a “little Ivy” by many and academically is absolutely just as competitive as the Ivy League schools. But I’m not posting to blow my own horn. Although I don’t consider myself a porn star, I did perform in 3 movies (one in an all anal group scene) before I stepped behind the camera. I don’t think that the value of my education has been “ruined” by fucking on film. Although come to think of it, the Alumni Magazine still hasn’t called to do a big feature on me…

RC posts:

T.J. Hart didn’t go to an Ivy League School but she did get 3 degrees from Univ. of CO: Education, Psychology and something else.

(It is scary that Ron Jeremy still has a license to teach in New York State.)

Lorelie Lee posts:

My favorite female performers – Belladonna, Annette Schwartz, Princess Donna, Adrianna Nicole…to name a few – are incredibly intelligent, creative women with honed improvisational and communication skills that make every scene they do a performance worth watching. Maybe this isn’t the kind of thing they teach in Ivy League schools, but I do think that smart women are more adaptable performers – that they are more likely to be capable of finding and cultivating what’s sexy in a large variety of situations. A performer’s intellect often determines their ability to create a visually compelling scene rather than just rubbing body parts together.

Fred emails:

For what it’s worth, and I am ashamed of myself for knowing this, it appears that the only Ivy League porn star is/was (?) Jamie Gillis, who went to Columbia. And I must say, he did add an intellectual flair to his work. (Correct me if I am wrong.)

Having said that, Ms. Taormino is correct in that
Williams has a very good academic reputation. I
wonder what her major was, and what her fellow
alumni/former profs think about her career? Also, has her education served her well in her career?

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