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Jennie Ketcham
Jennie Ketcham.jpg
Birthdate February 22,[1] 1983[2]
Birth location Aurora, Colorado, U.S.A.
Birth name Jennifer Ketcham
Measurements 36C-25-35[3]
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)[3]
Weight 114 lb (52 kg; 8.1 st)
Eye color Brown[3]
Hair color Auburn[3]
Alias(es) Penny Flame, Dolly, Dolly Wagner, Penny Ings, Penny Lane
No. of films 250[4]
Official web site
Jennie Ketcham at IMDb
Jennie Ketcham at IAFD
Jennie Ketcham at adultfilmdatabase

Jennifer "Jennie" Ketcham[5] is an American reality television personality and former pornographic actress and film director under the name of Penny Flame.


Early life

Ketcham was born February 22,[1] 1983.[2]

She became sexually active at age 12. Although she practiced safe sex, she has explained that her sexual activity was a way for her to achieve emotional validation that she could not achieve with healthy relationships with others. When her parents divorced at age 13, she ceased speaking to her father, and would not do so again until she was 26.[6]


After she turned 18, Ketcham, deciding that she did not care for her job, answered an ad in a San Diego paper, through which she entered the adult industry.[6][3] She chose the Penny Flame pseudonym as a combination of The Beatles song "Penny Lane" and her smoking habit.[7]

She stayed in that industry because, as she explained, it allowed her to work only three days a week, and because it fueled the sexual addiction that underlined her disconnect from love. Having smoked marijuana daily since the age of 12 or 13, she eventually graduated to cocaine, which became intertwined with her sexual addictions.[6]

In September 2005, Ketcham directed an instructional video for Shane's World Studios.[8] She also directed the pornographic films Shane's World: Girls Night Out 1-3, Blazed and Confused 1-3 and Penny Flame's Out of Control.[3] In 2008, she signed a deal with Vivid Entertainment and Tristan Taormino to direct her own line of movies under the studio’s sex-ed imprint Vivid-Ed;[9] the first film was "Penny Flames Expert Guide to Handjobs," and the second "Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Rough Sex."[4]

In April 2009, Ketcham participated in Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew, a VH1 spinoff of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew that feature celebrities addicted to sex instead of drugs and alcohol. Some of her costars on the show were Amber Smith, Nicole Narain, Kari Ann Peniche, and Duncan Roy.[10] Ketcham initially entered rehab with the intention of disrupting the process rather than submitting to it, but five days into treatment, she began to accept that she suffered from a problem that she needed to resolve, and completed the program with the help of Drs. Drew Pinsky and Jill Vermeire.[6]

Ketcham, along with Pinsky, discussed her path into porn and her recovery from addiction in a March 17, 2010 appearance on The View. She explained that she had taken a vow of abstinence for a year when she completed treatment, but that after nine months, she met a man with whom she was in a committed monogamous relationship, and who supported her recovery by attending meetings with her.[6]

Personal life

Ketcham enjoys creating paintings in her spare time.[11] On her MySpace accounts and in her films, she has expressed her advocacy for marijuana.[3]

Though she is an advocate of marijuana use, Ketcham has admitted to struggling with harder substance abuse, particularly in her early years in the industry when she was unhappy with her life. She stated in an interview given when she was 24 that she was addicted to cocaine at one point, but was by the time of the interview clean and sober.[1]

In April 2009, Ketcham started a blog titled Becoming Jennie, after participating in VH1's Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew. In her first entry, dated 29 April 2009, she wrote, "My name is Jennie Ketcham, and I am a recovering pornstar. And addict. This day, as every day, is the first day of the rest of my life, and I intend to live it to the fullest." According to the blog, she does not regret having been in pornography, is living a sober lifestyle, and is currently working on a memoir.[12]

Starting in December 2009, Ketcham has been contributing to the Huffington Post.[13]


Ketcham at the 2009 Exxxotica convention


  1. ^ a b c Rick Ryan. "Interview with Penny Flame". Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  2. ^ a b "20 Question E-Mail Fun With Penny Flame". 2005-11-28. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Penny Flame article at July 20, 2007, Retrieved June 3, 2008
  4. ^ a b Vivid-Ed Taps Penny Flame to Direct XFANZ Article, February 15, 2008, Retrieved June 5, 2008
  5. ^ Jennie Ketcham (2009-04-29). "My name is Jennie, and I’m an addict. (Hello Jennie.)". Becoming Jennie. Wordpress. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Ketcham described her early life and her path to porn and sex addiction in her March 17, 2010 appearance on The View.
  7. ^ Big D. "Penny Flame Interview". XRentDVD. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  8. ^ Heidi Pike-Johnson (2005-09-02). "Penny Flame to Direct for Shane’s World". AVN. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  9. ^ David Sullivan (2008-02-15). "Vivid-Ed Signs Penny Flame To Directing Deal". AVN. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  10. ^ Christopher Rocchio (2009-04-08). "Report: VH1's 'Celebrity Rehab'-like sex addiction show begins filming". Reality TV World. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  11. ^ For example,
  12. ^ "Porn Made Me Do It"
  13. ^ "Jennifer Ketcham posts". Retrieved 2010-01-11. 
  14. ^ Jared Rutter (2005-01-09). "The 22nd Annual AVN Awards: A Jenna Jameson Kinda Night". AVN. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  15. ^ "2005 XRCO Winners". 
  16. ^ a b "AVN Award Winners Announced". AVN. 2006-01-09. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  17. ^ a b Jared Rutter (2008-01-12). "2008 AVN Awards Winners Announced". AVN. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  18. ^ David Sullivan (2008-06-07). "2008 F.A.M.E. Winners Announced at Erotica LA". AVN. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  19. ^ "2010 AVN Award Winners Announced". 2010-01-10. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 

External links

For links to Penny Flame's filmography, refer to the infobox.

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