Traci Lords Birthday: May 7, 1968 Birth Place: Steubenville, Ohio, USA Height: 5' 7"
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Actress Nora Louise Kuzmas' stage name was adapted from "Tracy Lord," the high-toned character played by Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story (1940). Any resemblance between Traci Lords and Hepburn begins and ends here. A onetime Penthouse "Pet," Lords told the producers that she was 18 when she was starred in her first X-rated film in 1983; in truth, she would not reach adulthood for another three years. By that point, Lords had already appeared in nearly 80 hard-breathing movie vehicles — which, when her underage status became public knowledge, were immediately rendered illegal and removed post-haste from virtually every video rental shelf in the country. Since this tempest-in-a-teapot scandal, Traci Lords has emerged as a competent adult leading lady in theatrical films like John Waters' Cry Baby (1990) and Serial Mom (1994), television series like Melrose Place and Bandit, and the Stephen King TV miniseries The Tommyknockers (1993).
"Traci" comes from her girlfriend's name, "Lords" from Jack Lord ("Hawaii Five-O" (1968)).
Strong supporter of gay rights.
Was the centerfold model for the same issue of Penthouse Magazine that "exposed" Miss America 1984, Vanessa L. Williams. Because she was underage, it is illegal to own or trade that issue unless the pictorial of Ms. Lords is removed.
Penthouse Pet of the Month - September 1984
Had her name legally changed to Traci Elizabeth Lords.
Her father, Louis Kuzma, is a Jewish immigrant from The Ukraine. Her mother, Patricia Briceland, is of Scandanavian decent.
Has 1st KYU in Bujinkan Ninjutsu.
She is easily the most successful of former porn stars to make a transistion to mainstream movies.
She contributed vocals to the Manic Street Preachers song "Little Baby Nothing," from the Welsh group's "Generation Terrorists" album in 1992, and released as a single in November of that year. The song is about the sexual exploitation of a woman and singer/guitarist James Dean Bradfield said that "we needed somebody, a symbol, a person that could actually symbolize the lyrics and justify them to a certain degree. Traci was more than happy to do it. She saw the lyrics, and she had an immediate affinity with them. It was definitely easy to incorporate her personality into the lyrics. We just wanted a symbol for it, and I think she was a great symbol." Traci said that "I listened to the tape and really identified with the character in the song...this young girl who's been exploited and abused by men all her life."