Tera Patrick (born July 25, 1976) is the stage name of an American pornographic actress and model. Patrick is the Penthouse Pet of the Month for February 2000 and is an inductee for the NightMoves, AVN and XRCO Halls of Fame.
Tera Patrick was born Linda Ann Hopkins Shapiro in Great Falls, Montana. After taking weekend classes at the Barbizon School of Modeling for two years, she was hired by a Japanese modeling agency and moved to Tokyo at the age of fourteen.
At one of her first photo shoots, she lost her virginity to the photographer, who "was feeding [her] champagne and Valium" until she "was getting wasted". She spent two years in Tokyo, where "she became addicted to Valium and alcohol and spent her paychecks on shopping sprees". When her father learned she had become sexually active, he complained to her agency, pointing out she was underage. It sent her back to the United States, "sixteen years old and already a washed-up model".
At eighteen, she obtained a GED, briefly studied nursing at Boise State University, then received EMT certification from a local vocational school. Patrick started her adult career in 1999 and in 2003 became a contracted "Vivid Girl". She retired from shooting scenes in the Adult industry in 2008, but continues to operate her website, production company, and pursue other business ventures. She licenses her movie catalog worldwide.
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. The couple announced on September 30, 2009 that they were ending their marriage.
Tera remains sole owner of her production company, TeraVision INC. Tera gave birth to a baby girl on February 25, 2012. The father is Hollywood special effects artist Tony Acosta known for his work on 300, Dawn of the Dead, and the Superman movie Man of Steel.
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