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An NYU Student Who Pays Her Tuition By Making Pornos

Porn star Lorelei Lee, who took her stage name from Marilyn Monroe’s iconic bombshell in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” has been nominated for three Adult Video News Awards. But don’t underestimate her—she’s a serious smartie who is getting a master’s degree from NYU’s coveted creative writing program and has published short stories in $pread magazine and the Denver Quarterly. Still, she’s not your typical movie-of-the-week character who strips or hooks to pay her way through school. Interestingly, her porn career barely covers the bills from the bursar’s office. Her daily rate on a film is $1,400, and she estimates that her earnings from porn are somewhere around $30,000 to $60,000 a year. We say that the porn diva should study screenwriting, so maybe she can pick up some additional money by penning some of her movies. If so, I hope we can look forward to more plot-driven dialogue in our skin flicks. And to heroes beyond the pizza delivery boy. [Gothamist]

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