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Jessica Drake
Jesica Drake 2007.jpg
Birthdate October 14, 1974 (1974-10-14) (age 35)[1]
Birth location San Antonio, Texas, United States[2]
Measurements 34-24-33[1]
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Weight 110 lb (50 kg; 7.9 st)[1]
Eye color Brown
Hair color Blonde/Brown[1]
No. of films 234 (per IAFD)
Official web site
Jessica Drake at IMDb
Jessica Drake at IAFD
Jessica Drake at AFDB

Jessica Drake (born October 14, 1974[1] in San Antonio, Texas[2]) is an American pornographic actress.

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Early life

Drake spent much of her early life growing up around the state of Texas in different cities including San Antonio and El Paso.[3] While majoring in psychology at a college in El Paso, Drake took a job as a house dancer at a local strip club.[3][4] Through an agency, she later applied to be feature dancer at another club nearby, and here she met adult film director Michael Raven, who was photographing a contest.[3] Raven and his wife Sydnee Steele gradually introduced her to the porn industry. Drake began by posing for magazines and appearing on Playboy TV, and was later taken to a film set, where she was allowed to be the "condom and lube girl" for a scene starring Jill Kelly and Mark Davis.[3]

Adult film career

In 1999, she made the decision to become an adult film actress and shot her first movie, which was directed by Raven. She signed a contract with the studio Sin City early in her career, but left the company after about a year and a half as "things did not work out."[3] She gained her first AVN Award in 2001, winning "Best Tease Performance" for her role in VCA Pictures' Shayla's Web.[5] In 2003, she signed an exclusive contract with Wicked Pictures, after turning down offers from other companies.[3] In 2004, during a HIV outbreak in the industry, she stated that she had only performed with men who wore condoms,[4] although gave the opinion that "working without condoms in the industry is less dangerous than going home with someone who you just met randomly in a bar."[6] Her performance in Fluff and Fold, a romantic comedy set around a laundromat,[7] earned her the 2005 AVN Award for "Best Actress, Video" and the 2005 XRCO Award for "Single Performance, Actress."[8][9] Along with comedian Jim Norton, Drake was chosen to co-host the 2007 AVN Awards,[10] and stated "this is probably the greatest thing that ever happened to me."[11] At the awards, she won "Best Actress, Film" for her role in Manhunters, for which Drake trained as a bounty hunter during pre-production.[12] Her directorial debut came in the 2008 film What Girls Like, having gained previous experience working as Brad Armstrong’s assistant director on titles such as 2007's Coming Home.[13][14] She began writing screenplays during her tenure with Sin City,[3] and has since penned films including Dating 101, Love Always and Just Between Us.[13] In January 2009, she won her third "Best Actress" AVN Award, this time for her performance in Fallen,[15] which she has described as "the best movie I have ever been in."[16] In the film, she plays a angel trapped on Earth after the death of a woman she was sent to protect.[2] Around the time of the awards, she suffered a stress fracture to her left foot.[17] With porn actress Kayden Kross, Drake co-hosted the 2009 XRCO Awards,[18] at which her role in Fallen won the award for "Single Performance, Actress."[19] Drake was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame at the 2010 AVN Awards.[20]

Drake has appeared in several television shows. She appeared in one episode of the short-lived TV series The Money $hot,[21] and the pilot episode of Skin.[22] She made an appearance, along with her former husband Evan Stone, in the HBO special Pornucopia: Going Down in the Valley.[21] The pair appeared in an episode titled Love and/or Sex which pertained to couples working in the adult entertainment business.[23] In November 2007, Drake was among several porn actors to be guests on The Tyra Banks Show episode, "A Day in the Life of a Porn Star."[24] In 2008, Drake, Kaylani Lei, and Mikayla Mendez shot a scene for the mainstream comedy movie, Barry Munday, in which they played themselves as judges in an air-guitar contest.[25]

Her name is often spelled "jessica drake" (all lower case). Drake's story as to how this came about was she was signing autographs at a convention about three months after starting in the adult business using "Jessica Drake" (proper case) but she was unhappy with how it looked. After the convention, she experimented with various ways of signing and settled on the lower case version of her name.[26]

Personal life

In 2002, Drake married fellow porn actor Evan Stone, but they later divorced in 2004.[3] As of 2009, she was living with Wicked director and performer Brad Armstrong, her partner for six years.[2][27] She has stated that she wishes to keep her personal relationships out of the spotlight.[3]

Awards

  • 2001 AVN Award – Best Tease Performance – Shayla's Web[5]
  • 2002 NightMoves Adult Entertainment Award – Best Female Performer, Editor's Choice[28]
  • 2003 Adult Stars magazine's Consumers' Choice Award – Best Overall Actress
  • 2005 AVN Award – Best Oral Sex Scene, Film – The Collector[8]
  • 2005 AVN Award – Best Actress, Video – Fluff and Fold[8]
  • 2005 XRCO Award – Single Performance, Actress – Fluff and Fold[9]
  • 2006 Eroticline Award – Best Actress, USA[29]
  • 2007 AVN Award – Best Actress, Film – Manhunters[30]
  • 2007 AVN Award – Best All-Girl Scene, Film – FUCK[30]
  • 2008 Eroticline Award – Award for Outstanding Achievements[31]
  • 2009 AVN Award – Best Actress – Fallen[15]
  • 2009 AVN Award – Best Double Penetration Sex Scene – Fallen[15]
  • 2009 XRCO Award – Single Performance, Actress – Fallen[19]
  • 2010 AVN Hall of Fame inductee[20]
  • 2010 AVN Award – Best Group Sex Scene – 2040[32]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Jessica Drake". IAFD. http://www.iafd.com/person.rme/perfid=JDrake/gender=f. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d Borgus Weems (2009-09-07). "Profile: jessica drake Shatters Stereotypes". AVN.com. http://business.avn.com/articles/36210.html. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Big D (2006-08-07). "Inside the Porn Studio: Inside jessica drake". XRentDVD. http://www.xrentdvd.com/Porn_Star_Interviews/Jessica_Drake.html. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  4. ^ a b Nick Madigan (2004-04-17). "H.I.V. Cases Shut Down Pornography Film Industry". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/17/national/17PORN.html. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  5. ^ a b "AVN Awards past Winners". AVN Awards. http://www.avnawards.com/index.php?center=pastwinners. Retrieved 2007-04-22. 
  6. ^ Nick Madigan (2004-04-25). "Sex Videos On Pause, And Idled Actors Fret". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/25/style/sex-videos-on-pause-and-idled-actors-fret.html?pagewanted=all. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  7. ^ Heidi Pike-Johnson (2004-08-01). "Fluff and Fold". AVN.com. http://www.avn.com/movies/54600.html. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  8. ^ a b c Jared Rutter (2005-01-09). "The 22nd Annual AVN Awards: A Jenna Jameson Kinda Night". AVN. http://business.avn.com/articles/19222.html. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  9. ^ a b "XRCO". XRCO.com. http://xrco.com/. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  10. ^ Bob Preston (2007-01-15). "'Manhunters,' 'Corruption' Big Winners at 2007 AVN Awards". XBiz.com. http://www.xbiz.com/news/news_piece.php?id=19110&mi=all&q=Jessica+Drake. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  11. ^ "Jessica Drake Named Host of 2007 AVN Awards". AVN.com. 2006-09-01. http://business.avn.com/articles/28327.html. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  12. ^ David Sullivan (2006-12-22). "Best Film Nominees Discuss Upcoming Awards". AVN.com. http://business.avn.com/articles/6783.html. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  13. ^ a b Steve Javors (2008-05-08). "Jessica Drake Makes Directorial Debut". XBiz.com. http://www.xbiz.com/news/news_piece.php?id=93573&mi=all&q=Jessica+Drake. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  14. ^ Nelson X (2008-05-05). "Jessica Drake Makes Directorial Debut for Wicked". AVN.com. http://business.avn.com/articles/30028.html. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  15. ^ a b c David Sullivan (2009-01-11). "2009 AVN Award-Winners Announced". AVN.com. http://business.avn.com/articles/34090.html. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  16. ^ Jared Rutter (2009-01-11). "AVN Adult Movie Awards: Blow By Blow". AVN.com. http://business.avn.com/articles/34091.html. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  17. ^ Mark Kernes (2009-02-18). "AVN's Best Actor, Best Actress Sidelined By Medical Problems". AVN.com. http://business.avn.com/articles/34473.html. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  18. ^ Tod Hunter (2009-04-17). "XRCO Winners Announced". XBiz.com. http://www.xbiz.com/news/news_piece.php?id=107282&mi=all&q=Jessica+Drake. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  19. ^ a b "2009 XRCO Award Winners Announced". AVN. 2009-02-26. http://business.avn.com/articles/35035.html. 
  20. ^ a b "2010 Nominees". AVN.com. http://avnawards.avn.com/about/nominees.html. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  21. ^ a b Jessica Drake at the Internet Movie Database
  22. ^ Jessica Drake appearances
  23. ^ Pornucopia episode listing
  24. ^ John Stuart (2006-11-29). "Jessica Drake, Savanna Samson to Headline 'Tyra Banks Show'". XBiz.com. http://www.xbiz.com/news/news_piece.php?id=18362&mi=all&q=Jessica+Drake. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  25. ^ David Sullivan (2008-05-15). "Wicked Girls Wrap Mainstream Film 'Barry Munday'". AVN.com. http://business.avn.com/articles/30219.html. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  26. ^ Cindi Loftus (June 2007). "jessica drake". Xcitement magazine. http://xcitement.com/june1506/. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  27. ^ Jared Rutter (2008-09-30). "Wicked Releases ‘Fallen,’ Brad Armstrong’s No. 100". AVN.com. http://business.avn.com/articles/32576.html. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  28. ^ Steve Javors (2009-10-14). "NightMoves Announces Awards Winners". XBiz.com. http://www.xbiz.com/news/news_piece.php?id=113681&mi=all&q=Jessica+Drake. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  29. ^ "2006 Eroticline Prizewinners" (PDF). venus-berlin.com. http://venus-berlin.com/2005/de/downloads/download/venus.2005.pressemitteilung.2005-11-10.de.pdf. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  30. ^ a b "2007 AVN Award Winners Announced". AVN. 2007-01-16. http://business.avn.com/articles/7037.html. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  31. ^ David Sullivan (2008-10-22). "Exclusive: Complete 2008 eLINE Award Winners from Venus Berlin". AVN.com. http://business.avn.com/articles/32982.html. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  32. ^ "2010 AVN Award Winners Announced". AVN.com. 2010-01-10. http://business.avn.com/articles/37142.html. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 

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