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Jane Esther Hamilton (born October 27, 1956) is an American former pornographic actress and current adult film director who performed under the stage name Veronica Hart[1] during the 1980s. She is sometimes credited as Jane Hamilton, V. Hart, Veronica Heart, Victoria Holt, Randee Styles or just Veronica. Hart is a member of the AVN Hall of Fame.[4][5] Director Paul Thomas Anderson has called her "the Meryl Streep of porn."[6]

Veronica Hart
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Hart in 2002
Jane Esther Hamilton[1]

(1956-10-27) October 27, 1956 (age 62)
Other namesVeronica Heart, Randee Styles, Jane Hamilton, V. Hart, Victoria Holt, Veronica
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight122 lb (55 kg)
Spouse(s)Michael Hunt (1982 - ?) (Divorced), 2 sons (Chris, born 1983 & Max, born 1985)[2]


Early lifeEdit

Hart was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada.[7] She graduated from high school at age 16 and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas at age 19 in 1976 with a degree in theatrical arts.[8][9] After school she worked in England before returning to the United States and moving to New York City.[7][10]


Hart appeared in pornographic films from 1980 until 1982[7][11] and is best known for her performances in Amanda by Night, Wanda Whips Wall Street, Roommates and A Scent of Heather.[7] She would often portray "stylish native New Yorker" characters in her films.[12] Around 1984, she began directing segments on the Playboy TV series Electric Blue, appearing in B-Movies and working as a stripper.[8][11] During the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s she directed, edited, and produced pornographic films, while making occasional (non-sexual) cameos in both mainstream and adult productions.[8]

With the sale of VCA, her primary production company, to Hustler in 2003,[13] Hart moved on to other work, including working as a tour guide at the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas.[14]

Hart has acted in off-Broadway theater productions such as The House of Bernarda Alba,[8][9] A Thurber Carnival,[9] The Dyke And The Porn Star,[15][16] and The Deep Throat Sex Scandal.[17][18]

Hart portrays a judge in the film Boogie Nights[9] and also appears in another Paul Thomas Anderson movie, Magnolia.[8]

As of 2014 Hart had become a sex educator in China. An article in AVN magazine stated that she has been instructing women through an arrangement with a chain of adult retail stores and clubs called Sediva Maison.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Hart married adult industry sound technician Michael Hunt in 1982, although they have since divorced. She has two sons, Chris and Max, who attended magnet schools for highly gifted students. Hart's career had a negative impact on her sons, with her saying "It's horrible for them... I'm their loving mommy and nobody likes to think of their parents having sex and being famous for it. I'm not ashamed of what I do. I take responsibility for who I am. I chose. From the time they were kids, my stripping gear was washed and hanging in my bathtub. At the same time I apologize to my kids for how the choices in my life have affected them. They're well adjusted and can joke with me about it: I know I'm going to spend the rest of my life on the couch".[2]

Selected TV appearancesEdit



  • 1981

AFAA for Best Actress – Amanda by Night[19]

  • 1982

AFAA Award for Best Actress – Roommates[20]

AFAA Award for Best Supporting Actress – Foxtrot[19]

  • 1996

AVN Award for Best Non-Sex Performance – Nylon[21]

  • 1999

XRCO Award for Best Video - Torn (directed and produced by Hart)[22]

  • 2004

XRCO Award for Best Comedy or Parody - Misty Beethoven: The Musical (directed, edited and produced by Hart)[23]


  • 2001

AVN Best Director – Video for White Lightning[25]

  • 2002

AVN Best Director – Film for Taken[26]

  • 2003

AVN Best Director – Video for Crime and Passion[27]

  • 2004

AVN Best Director – Film for Barbara Broadcast Too[28]

  • 2005

AVN Best Director – Film for Misty Beethoven: The Musical[29]

  • 2006

AVN Best Non-Sex Performance for Eternity[30]

  • 2007

AVN Best Non-Sex Performance for Sex Pix[31]

  • 2008

AVN Best Non-Sex Performance for Delilah[32]

  • 2009

AVN Best Non-Sex Performance for Roller Dollz[33]


  • Sam Frank (1986). Sex in the Movies. Citadel Press. Dedicated to her, and one chapter covers Hart's early career.
  • Nicolas Barbano (1999). Verdens 25 hotteste pornostjerner. Rosinante. Features a chapter on Hart.


  1. ^ a b "The Actress, the Producer and Their Porn Revolution". 6 January 2002. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b Dines, Gail; Humez, Jean M. (2003). Gender, Race, and Class in Media: A Text-Read. Sage. p. 57. ISBN 978-0761922612.
  3. ^ Veronica Hart at the Internet Adult Film Database
  4. ^ a b "AVN Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on October 2, 2008. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  5. ^ a b
  6. ^ Productions, Fortyfps (28 February 1998). "Cigarettes & Red Vines - The Definitive Paul Thomas Anderson Resource: Interview: "20 Questions"".
  7. ^ a b c d Smith, Kent; Moore, Darrell W.; Reagle, Merl (1983). Adult Movies. Pocket Books (Mm). p. 120. ISBN 9780671468446. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Veronica Hart interview at". Retrieved 2007-12-02.
  9. ^ a b c d "Movie sparks memories for porn star". Las Vegas-Review Journal. 2 November 1997. Archived from the original on 2000-09-17. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Veronica Hart: Hart to HeartPodcast 60". The Rialto Report. Retrieved 2016-04-14.
  11. ^ a b Rich, Frank. "Naked Capitalists". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  12. ^ Kleinhans, Chuck (2006). "Chapter 8: Implications for analysis - The change from film to video pornography". In Lehman, Peter (ed.). Pornography: Film and Culture. Rutgers University Press. pp. 154–167. ISBN 9780857728883.
  13. ^ Staff. "LFP From A to Z: 40 Years of Hustler Landmarks". Adult Video News. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  14. ^ a b Kernes, Mark. "So ... What's Veronica Hart Up To These Days?". Adult Video News. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  15. ^ Monji, Jana J. "New Steps in Dance Toward Romance". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  16. ^ "HOT! Gay/Bi Thespian Action!". Paper. 1 March 2000. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  17. ^ Ng, David (10 December 2012). "'Deep Throat' play set for L.A. with porn star Veronica Hart". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  18. ^ Morris, Steven Leigh. "The Deep Throat Sex Scandal Celebrates a Famous First Amendment Victory But Ignores the Bigger Issue". Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  19. ^ a b "Rame awards list". Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  20. ^ "Rame awards list". Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  21. ^ "Past AVN Award Winners". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  22. ^ "PREVIOUS WINNERS and NOMS - 2002 & Before)". Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  23. ^ "XRCO 2004 Winners". Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  24. ^ "XRCO Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on July 20, 2011. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  25. ^ "AVN 2001 Nominations". Archived from the original on 2001-03-09. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
  26. ^ "AVN 2002 Nominations". Archived from the original on 2001-12-08. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
  27. ^ "AVN 2003 Nominations". Archived from the original on 2002-11-27. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
  28. ^ "AVN 2004 Nominations" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2003-12-03. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
  29. ^ "AVN 2005 Nominations". Archived from the original on 2004-12-10. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
  30. ^ "AVN 2006 Nominations" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-11-29. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
  31. ^ "AVN 2007 Nominations". Archived from the original on 2006-12-20. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
  32. ^ "AVN 2008 Nominations" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
  33. ^ "Nominations 2009 AVN Adult Movie Awards" (PDF). 2008-11-25. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-26.

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