Tera Patrick (born July 25, 1976) is
an American pornographic actress.
Patrick moved to New York City and her career as a runway and catalog
model began. At 18, she left the world of modeling and enrolled at Boise
State University. Patrick has appeared in Playboy and Penthouse, where she
was the "Pet of the Month" for February 2000 and was selected as "Pet of
the Year" runner-up. In 2003, Patrick became the masthead publisher of
In an interview with the Adult Film Database in February 2007, Patrick
stated she will only continue to work in front of the camera for two more
years, but plans on releasing her starring adult titles over the next
decade. The March 2007 DVD release 'inTERActive' set the record as the
fastest selling Hustler release ever.
In 2008, Patrick began hosting the Playboy TV erotic instructional show,
School Of Sex.
Patrick has been a frequent and favorite guest of Howard Stern on his TV
and radio programs, as well as the Adam Carolla radio show. She was on the
cover of the July 2006 American edition of FHM, revealing candid details
in an interview inside. Patrick, who had been named one of FHM's 100
sexiest women, was the first porn star to appear on the cover.
Tera also appeared, voicing herself, in episode 63 of the cartoon series
Aqua Teen Hunger Force, which first aired November 19, 2006.
Patrick was made into a playable character in the video game Backyard
Patrick was also in the music video for "I Can't Move" by American singer
and rapper Everlast.
Patrick was involved in promotion for the 2008 video game Saints Row 2,
and also voiced herself in its first episodic expansion pack Ultor
Patrick was featured in the 2008 book, Permanence: Tattoo Portraits by
artist Kip Fulbeck.
In April 2007, Patrick and her production company Teravision filed a
lawsuit against Jenna Jameson and Playboy Enterprises (the new owners of
Club Jenna) for failing to properly account for and pay royalties on money
earned by Patrick's website clubtera.com.
Tera's memoir, Sinner Takes All, was published by Penguin imprint Gotham
Books on January 5, 2010. The book was co-written by journalist and author
Carrie Borzillo. The book chronicles Tera's path to porn stardom and the
loneliness, love, and lust she experienced along the way. During the
process of writing the book, which she describes as "cathartic", Tera
confronted many issues in her personal life. She repaired her relationship
with her mother, but also realized there were problems within her
relationship with her (now ex) husband, Evan Seinfeld. "I wanted the book
to end happily. I knew there were problems with our marriage obviously,
and the decision to leave him came about quite suddenly", said Tera in an
interview conducted shortly before the book's release.
Patrick was born Linda Ann Hopkins in Great Falls, Montana. While at Boise
State, Patrick earned an AAS degree in nursing and a BS in Biology.
On January 9, 2004, Patrick married Evan Seinfeld in a small ceremony,
after a three-year relationship, in Las Vegas where they were attending
the 2004 AVN Awards show. In November 2006, Patrick starred in a
Vivid/Teravision production titled "Tera Patrick's Fashion Underground"
where she performed with Jean Val Jean and Tommy Gunn. In the same film
her husband, under the name Spyder Jonez, performed with Lanny Barbie. In
an interview, Tera Patrick says she's OK with him doing scenes with other
girls. The two have made five movies for Vivid and ten for Teravision
(with Seinfeld appearing under the name "Spyder Jonez"; he has also
directed some features).
In 2005, Patrick and Seinfeld launched a talent agency representing models
and actors/actresses. According to a quote on the agency's website,
Patrick's goal "is to help girls (and guys) in the business to be treated
with respect, and realize their true potential...." She also owns a
production company called "Teravision," which along with Vivid Video
released its first feature, "Desperate," starring Patrick and Seinfeld. In
April 2006, it was announced that she would host the Exxxotica Miami
The couple announced their split on September 30, 2009, but they will
remain business partners.