Rolling Stone captured the essence of Jenna Jameson when it said she’s "the woman who put the star in porn star." AVN concluded that Jenna is the top female adult star of all time. Jenna officially retired from performing in porn as of early 2008, but she continues to run her successful Club Jenna studio and website. She will always be remembered as the woman who did more than perhaps anyone else to bring XXX closer to the mainstream. "I've always embraced my hardcore roots, but becoming a household name was an important thing to me," Jenna once said. Mission accomplished, Jenna!
Born Jenna Marie Massoli in Las Vegas, she was a self-described nerd in high school and didn’t have a date to her high school prom. But by her late teens she had blossomed into a voluptuous and sultry stunner with an innocent look. Before long she was dancing at the world-famous Crazy Horse II, and Penthouse and Hustler discovered Jenna and ran pictorials on her. Since then, she has performed in over 230 films and won virtually every honor the adult industry bestows.
Starting with a small role in the 1997 Howard Stern film Private Parts, Jenna began taking steps toward mainstream crossover success. This continued with regular appearances on The Howard Stern Show; popular guest-hosting stints on the E! cable network's Wild On! and Talk Soup; a guest-starring voice role in a 2001 episode of animated sitcom Family Guy; a part in the music video for Eminem's "Without Me" in 2001; an award-winning voice-over role in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City; and a guest-starring appearance in two episodes of the 2003 NBC television series Mister Sterling. Her 2004 autobiography, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale, spent six weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. Jenna showed up on a 2007 episode of tattoo artist/tattoo studio owner Kat Von D's TLC hit reality series L.A. Ink, getting a Joan of Arc quote tattooed across her upper back by Kat herself. In February 2008, Virgin Comics released a horror comic book entitled Jenna Jameson's Shadow Hunter, which it co-created with Jenna. She starred in the 2008 horror-comedy Zombie Strippers.
Through it all, Jenna has battled personal troubles (including addiction, two failed marriages, fertility treatments, and skin cancer) and come out triumphant. She began dating mixed martial artist Tito Ortiz in 2006 after the two met on Myspace. While presenting an award at the 2008 AVN Adult Movie Awards, Jenna introduced Ortiz and talked about their relationship. On March 16, 2009 Jenna gave birth to twin boys named Jesse Jameson Ortiz and Journey Jett Ortiz.