She and her older brother Tony were raised Catholic ,   though they were essentially left to parent each other. Jameson wrote in her autobiography that in October , 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.
The incident began after she attempted to hitchhike home and that she entered the car of the four boys while believing that she would be driven to her home. She reported being raped a second time while still 16 by "Preacher", her boyfriend Jack's biker uncle.
I didn't want a porno 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. Right under that was 'Jameson' which struck her as being the name of the whiskey she likes and thought "Ok, that's perfect. He said, "I'm drinking Jameson right now. She eventually stopped eating properly and became too thin to model; Jack left her in Of her first adult movie, Randy West said "Jenna contacted me and said she wanted to get into the XXX business, but her agent didn't want her to do porn.
She said she wanted to get into the business, despite what her agent said. She said she wanted to work with Kylie Ireland , so I set it up. When the sex started, she just fucking rocked! I knew Jenna was special right off the bat.
I figured she'd be the next Ginger Lynn , but nobody had any idea she was going to be as big as she turned out to be. Jenna told me when we first met that she was going to be a star. Then they offered me lots of money to do boy-girl. She was the first entertainer to win all three awards.
She tried to restrict herself to five films per year and two weeks of dancing per month. Winners of the contracts for the first two years were Brea Bennett and Roxy Jezel.
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 , by production of pornographic films. It was the best selling and best renting pornographic title of its year, winning twin AVN Awards. Grdina has said that Jameson's films averaged sales of , copies, compared with run-of-the-mill pornographic films, which did well to sell 5, On the other hand, he also said that their films took up to twelve days to film, compared with one day for other pornographic films.
The director of webmaster relations for ClubJenna said the straight site had always had a lot of gay traffic. Such a divider would have also effectively banned lap dances , the dancers' main source of revenue. On September 12, , in a referendum on the ordinance, voters struck down the stricter rules, allowing the club to continue to operate as before. She instead acted as commentator. Playboy CEO Christie Hefner said that she expected to rapidly increase film production, producing about thirty features in the first year, and will expand the way they are sold, not only as DVDs but through TV channels, video-on-demand services and mobile phones.
A Cautionary Tale was published in It was translated into German as Pornostar. In March , Jameson was reportedly missing meetings with producers, thus endangering the movie, due to problems with a recent vaginoplasty.
It was co-written with Hope Tarr and published by Skyhorse Publishing. It was released on October 21, In the late s, Jameson guest hosted several episodes of the E! Her character won an award for acting in a porn film directed by Brian Griffin , and at the close of the episode Peter Griffin kidnaps her.
In , Jameson and Ron Jeremy played themselves in Comedy Central 's first feature television movie Porn 'n Chicken , in the roles of speakers for a pornography viewing club. Her character begins as a prostitute , but goes on to success as a pornographic actress and is displayed on several billboards within the game. It was filmed in but had sat unreleased until , when it was re-cut and released as Evil Breed: The Legend of Samhain.
Controversial mainstream appearances Some of her mainstream appearances sparked controversy. I hope Bill understands the difference between a porn star and a hooker. I assume he has done some research on the subject because he requested some of my videos after we finished taping my appearance. I imagine he wanted them for professional reasons.