Traci Lords was born Nora Louise Kuzma on May 7, 1968, in Steubenville, Ohio. She entered the porn film industry at the age of only 15, using a fake ID. When she turned 18, the authorities found out that she was a minor and used her case to consolidate the sex industry.
As a minor, she could not be blamed and instead appeared to be a victim of the drug industry who was drugged and forced to do things against her will. Although she says she is trying to escape her adult future, she has maintained her stage name which was strongly associated with her ‘harmful’ advertising.
Eventually, the Lords became one of the few adult stars to officially leave. She has starred in several TV series, and low-budget movies, including Frostbite, Blade, and Princess of Mars. Not happy with the adherence to the features of the big screen, Lords moved out into other forms such as music, television, and video games.
In 2003 she released the autobiography “Under All Things”. The book was first published and became # 31 on the New York Times best-selling list of sellers and did very well in criticism and commercials.
In 2015, she appeared on ABC’s hottest television series, Celebrity Wife Swap, where she traded with actress Jackee Harry.
Traci Lords’ Earnings
In a 2003 interview, Traci claimed to have earned $ 40,000 over three years starring in adult films. In her diary, which was released the same year, she noted less than $ 35,000. That is similar to $ 90 – $ 100,000 in today’s dollar after adjusting for inflation.
She began her career amidst controversy in the adult industry and went on to enter into a few forms of general entertainment such as actor, director, producer, musician, and writer. Her other regular films include Zack, Blade, Miri Make a Porno, and Princess Mars.