Traci Elizabeth Lords (born May 7, 1968) is an American actress, singer, model, writer, producer and director. Born Nora Louise Kuzma in Steubenville, Ohio, she first achieved notoriety for her underage appearances in pornographic films. She appeared in dozens of videos between 1984 and 1986 and was also featured in the September 1984 issue of Penthouse magazine.
Lords made her mainstream film debut in 1988. After she studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and appeared in an episode of the television series Wiseguy, she was offered the leading role in the remake of Roger Corman's classic Not of This Earth. She followed with the role of Wanda Woodward in the John Waters teen comedy, Cry-Baby (1990), which established her as a legitimate actress. Her other acting credits include the television series MacGyver, Married... with Children, Tales from the Crypt, Roseanne, Melrose Place, Profiler, Gilmore Girls and Will & Grace.
During the early 1990s, Lords decided to focus on her musical career. After her song "Love Never Dies" was featured on the soundtrack to the film Pet Sematary Two (1992), she was featured on the Manic Street Preachers song "Little Baby Nothing". Her debut studio album, 1000 Fires, was released in 1995. The lead single "Control" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs, appeared on the soundtrack to the film Mortal Kombat (1995) and was certified double platinum. Lords returned to music in 2011 with the release of her single "Last Drag", which peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.
In 2003, Lords published her autobiography, Traci Lords: Underneath It All. The book received generally positive reviews and made The New York Times Best Seller list.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license