It was the best selling and best renting pornographic title of its year, winning twin AVN Awards. Her first boy/girl scene in over 2 years." referring to Jameson's abstention from heterosexual on-film intercourse.
Grdina has said that Jameson's films averaged sales of 100,000 copies, compared with run-of-the-mill pornographic films, which did well to sell 5,000.
Her mother, Judith Brooke Hunt, was a Las Vegas showgirl who danced in the Folies Bergère show at the Tropicana Resort & Casino.
The cancer treatments bankrupted the family and they relocated in Nevada, Arizona and Montana, usually living in a trailer home or with her paternal grandmother.
She has since won more than 35 adult-video awards, and has been inducted into the X-Rated Critics Organization (XRCO) and Adult Video News (AVN) Halls of Fame.
In August 2005, Club Jenna launched Club Thrust, an interactive website for Jameson's gay male fans, which includes videos, galleries, sex advice, gossip, and downloads.The site reportedly was profitable in its third week.The business later diversified into multimedia pornographic entertainment, first by administering other porn stars' websites, then, in 2001, by production of pornographic films.She said she wanted to work with Kylie Ireland, so I set it up. Jenna told me when we first met that she was going to be a star." Jameson's first adult video appearances were lesbian scenes (a common way that female performers ease into the business). Then they offered me lots of money to do boy-girl." When asked about this on The Howard Stern Show on February 8, 2008, she said that she was not necessarily opposed to doing so; rather, "it never really came up", as there were few black men working in porn when she started, and none of them worked [exclusively] for the same company [as] she did. She tried to restrict herself to five films per year and two weeks of dancing per month.In 1996, Jameson won top awards from three major industry organizations, the XRCO Best New Starlet award, the AVN Best New Starlet Award, and the Fans of X-Rated Entertainment (F. Between 20, she hosted Playboy TV's Jenna's American Sex Star, where prospective porn stars compete in sexual performances for a contract with her company, Club Jenna.She and her older brother Tony were raised Catholic, In a featurette on the Zombie Strippers DVD, Jameson indicates she trained in dance for fifteen years.Jameson wrote in her autobiography that in October 1990, when she was 16 years old and while the family was living on a cattle ranch in Fromberg, Montana, she was beaten with rocks and gang raped by four boys after a football game at Fromberg High School.Her mainstream appearances continued with several guest-hosting and guest-starring on various television programs.Playboy TV hosted her Jenna's American Sex Star reality show, in which aspiring porn stars competed for a Club Jenna contract. Her father, Laurence Henry Massoli, was a Police officer at the Las Vegas Sheriff's Department and program director for KSNV-DT.As for picking her permanent professional name, she said, "I had to come up with a good name. So I sat down, opened up the phone book and thumbed to the J's, cause I wanted it to match my first name." She saw 'James', but rejected "Jenna James" because it "sounds too porno".Right under that was 'Jameson' which struck her as being the name of the whiskey she likes and thought "Ok, that's perfect." That night at work she saw her brother and asked him what he thought of the name "Jenna Jameson".