Who is Tera Patrick?
Tera Patrick is an American adult film actress and glamour model. She featured as ‘Penthouse Pet of the Month’ in February 2000. She became the runner-up of the ‘Penthouse Pet of the Year’ in 2002. Patrick began her modeling career at the age of 14 when she was spotted by the 'Morning Sun' and moved to Tokyo. She returned to the US at the age of 16 and studied microbiology. Patrick rejected a job offer to work as a nurse and chose modeling as a career instead. Thereafter, she appeared on several popular men’s magazines. In 1999, she made her debut in the adult film industry with Bondage and Domination tapes but soon forayed into mainstream adult films. Patrick soon rose to the top position with her beautiful body. She grabbed the second position in Complex magazine’s 2011 ranking of top adult film stars. Tera Patrick stopped appearing in adult movies in 2008, but continues to remain active in the industry through her various business interests.
Childhood & Early Life
Tera Patrick was born on July 25, 1976, to David Hopkins, an American Army doctor and a Thai mother. Her birth name is Linda Ann Hopkins but she chose Tera Patrick as her stage name. Her mother left for Thailand when Patrick was 10 years old, so she grew up in San Francisco with her father.
She moved to Tokyo to pursue modeling at the age of 14 under a contract with 'Morning Sun,' an international division of the prestigious 'Ford Modeling Agency.' During this time, Patrick became addicted to alcohol and substance abuse, and was subsequently sent back to the US by her agency for her addiction.
Tera Patrick earned an undergraduate degree in microbiology from the Boise State University. She is also a trained emergency medical technician from the American Institute of Health Technology.
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Tera Patrick forayed into mainstream adult film industry, in 1999. She has featured in 118 adult films and modeled for almost every popular adult magazine. In 1999, she launched ‘The Tera Patrick Show,’an internet talk show featuring adult film stars and other people from the adult film industry to talk about the business.
Her popular appearances on TV include 'Last Call with Carson Daly,' 'Chelsea Lately,' 'The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch,' 'FOX News,' 'MSNBC,' and 'Telemundo.' She also featured in ‘Rock Star Wives,' the E! Channel series ‘True Hollywood Story’ alongside her then husband, Evan Seinfeld.
In 2010, she featured in the Indonesian horror film ‘Rintihan Kuntilanak Perawan’ (Moaning of Virgin Ghost), which marked her entry into mainstream movies. She also features as a playable character in 'Backyard Wrestling 2,' a popular video game.
She featured on both the US and the UK editions of the FHM magazine and other popular mainstream men’s magazines, such as Maxim Girls and Corpses. She was also associated with a successful feature column, where she offered advice on sexual matters, from 2003 to 2008, in the UK edition of FHM.
Patrick’s successful business ventures include 'Teravision INC,' 'The Tera Patrick Agency,' 'Mistress Couture' and 'TITS' brand. She has also launched herbal products for men and women, which go by the names Python and Naughty respectively. She runs her own store at EBay under the name ‘All Things Tera Patrick.'
In 2001, she joined Salma Hayek at the Edwards Air Force Base, California, in an entertainment program organized for officers. She followed this up by presenting the second 'Empire Awards Show' in 2002. She became the masthead publisher of ‘Genesis’ in 2003.
In 2006, she ranked 57 in the list of ‘100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006’ supplement, published by FHM magazine.
In 2014, she featured in a few mainstream movies, including ‘Angel of Darkness: The Legend of Lilith.
In 2010, she published her memoir, which was co-authored by Carrie Borzillo and published by Penguin imprint Gotham Books. The memoir outlines her life’s journey as an adult film star in graphic detail.
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Awards & Achievements
Tera Patrick won the 'Best American Starlet' award at Hot d'Or Award in 2000, and followed it up with the 'Best New Starlet (Editor's Choice)' award at the 'Night Moves Award' the same year.
She grabbed the ‘Best American Actress’ award for ‘Forbidden Tales’ at the 2002 'Venus Awards' and 'Fan Favorite' award at the 'F.O.X.E' for three consecutive years from 2004 through 2006. She received the 'Best Female Starlet' award for 2007, 2008, and 2009 at the 'F.A.M.E' awards.
She received the 'Crossover Female Performer of the Year' at the 'Adam Film World Guide Award ceremony' and the 'Successful Performing Businesswoman of the Year (USA)' at the 'Eroticline Awards.' In 2009, she grabbed the 'ASACP Service Recognition Award' at the 'XBIZ Award' ceremony.
Tera Patrick married Evan Seinfeld in 2004 after a courtship of three years. Together they featured in five movies produced by Vivid Video and 10 movies produced by Teravision INC wherein Seinfeld was credited as Spyder Jonez. After her divorce with Seinfeld in 2009, she remains the single owner of Teravision INC.
Since 2010, Patrick is dating Tony Acosta, a popular special effects Hollywood artist, who has been associated with movies, such as ‘300’ and ‘Dawn of the Dead.' In 2012, she gave birth to their baby girl, Sophia Acosta. She lives in Los Angeles with Acosta, her daughter Sofia, and a pet dog Chopper.
Currently, she is working on her second novel (presumably a sequel to her first novel ‘Sinner Takes All’) and planning to venture into prospects of public speaking and education.
She donates a part of the proceeds from her EBay store, ‘All Things Tera Patrick,’ to help combat human trafficking.
Tera Patrick is the only woman to feature simultaneously on the cover page of Playboy and Penthouse magazines.
She bravely fought alcohol and substance addiction during her early teens to complete her university education.
Though she has appeared in several adult movies featuring lesbians, she claims that she is not a bi-sexual in real life.
A chance meeting with Suze Randall during her modeling days post her college helped her get featured in Penthouse and Hustler. She claims this as a major turning point in shaping her career as an adult film star.