Irish-Thai beauty, Dana Vespoli began her adult career as a stripper and entered the adult industry in 2003 at the age of 31. Though she started a bit later than some of her fellow porn stars, her age didn't hold her back from becoming incredibly successful. In fact she was able to parlay her on-screen success into success behind the camera as well as studios recognized her directorial talents. During her career, Dana has worked with a variety of top adult studios like Wicked, Evil Angel, Adam & Eve, and New Sensations. In fact, in 2006 Evil Angel and Digital Sin contracted with Dana for her to direct their content. During her tenure in the business, Dana Vespoli was a featured performer in more than 300 titles; furthermore, she is credited with directing nearly 100 additional films that showcased not only her talents but the talents of her fellow associates like Nina Hartley, Roxy Jezel and Roxy Heart. And those were just a few of the women who appeared with Dana. The roster of male performers who shared the screen with Dana is just as impressive, including the likes of Peter North and Steve Holmes, among others.
Dana describes her reasons for deciding to take the leap into porn: "I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area, where I attended college, earning a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Mills College in Oakland, California. I worked three jobs as a teaching assistant, nanny, and lifeguard, and decided to put graduate school on hold while I got myself in a halfway decent financial place. A girlfriend of mine was making a fortune as a stripper, so I thought I'd give it a try." She performed as "Christa" in Bay Area clubs. She further says, "I get so turned on by body odor, big round butts, big boobs, uncut cocks, a good sense of humor, brains, creativity and drive. I love rough sex, gentle sex, quickies and long, drawn-out sex."Career
Dana enjoys all facets of the business-the creativity, the action, the people and the sensations! Standing at 5'7" and weighing 114 pounds, Dana isn't considered a "stacked" temptress, but her natural features stand out, especially her nice, round booty that's featured so prominently in many of her films. An all-round artist, her performance artistry includes just about every specialty: anal, oral, lesbian, boy/girl, facials, groups, and interracial--you name it. Her first role, Young Latin Girls 7 ironically cast her as a Latina, which of course she was not. Perhaps that was an early indication of the talent Dana (an Asian) brings to the screen. Since then, Dana has been featured in performance roles from starlets to MILFs and all characters in between.
In 2006 the studio Digital Sin announced that Dana would be stepping behind the camera to direct their hardcore feature films. At the time, Dana commented that, "I love shooting stuff that is psycho-sexual; I like to incorporate jealousy themes or scenes of intense longing and desire." A true director at heart, she was already formulating plots and scenarios to increase the audience appeal of her future work. As director, she produced such classic porn movies as Dirty Little Stories and Cock Starved which later developed into bankable series like many of her other productions. This performer-turned-director describes herself as more of a voyeur than anything else and cites this as the reason for much of her success as a director: "Orchestrating situations with performers I like and then capturing them on video is fun for me. I love combining the perfect mix of scenario, environment and people, and then watching what happens along with all the porn fans who are excited to see how it climaxes."Co-Stars, Films & Studios
Winning awards both as a performer and as a director, Dana appeared in more than 300 films with some of the top actors in the business. She performed in several AVN-nominated films with fellow actors like Lee Stone (Teen Power 5); Mr. Marcus (Squirt on My Black Cock 2); Justine Joli (Fluid); Bonnie Rotten (Lesbian Anal P.O.V. 2); and of course with her husband for a time, Manuel Ferrara, (Cock Starved 1). Furthermore her own production company (DV Productions) developed award-winning films like Forsaken and Girl/Boy featuring the likes of Michael Vegas and Jiz Lee. With an award-winning track record like Dana Vespoli, it was no surprise when all the major studios came knocking on her door to showcase her talents both in front of and behind the lens. Studios like Hustler Video, West Coast Productions, Bang Productions, Lethal Hardcore, and Private all sought Dana Vespoli to appear in their content.
Dana Vespoli married pornographic actor Manuel Ferrara in January 2005. After seven years of bliss both on and off screen, the couple divorced in 2012. Together they are the parents of three children. Though Dana retired from the business in May 2009, she made a comeback in 2011. Also in 2011, Complex ranked her 13th on their list of "The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time."Awards
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