She started acting in erotic videos in 1993 after having worked as a stripper and glamor model.
By 1996, she had won the "top newcomer" award from each of the three major adult-movie organizations.
Initially a single website, this business expanded into managing similar websites of other stars and began producing sexually explicit videos in 2001.
The first such movie, Briana Loves Jenna (with Briana Banks), was named at the 2003 AVN Awards as the best-selling and best-renting pornographic title for 2002.
Her mainstream appearances continued with several guest-hosting and guest-starring on various television programs.
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.
Jameson writes in her autobiography that in October 1990, 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.
She chose the name "Jenna Jameson" to use as a model after scrolling through the phone book for a last name that matched her first name, before finally deciding on Jameson after the whiskey, which she is known to drink.
She has since won more than 35 adult-video awards, and has been inducted into the X-Rated Critics Organization (XRCO) and Adult Video News (AVN) Halls of Fame.
Jameson founded the adult-entertainment company Club Jenna in 2000 with Jay Grdina, whom she later married and divorced.
A month later I'm on a shoot in Woodland Hills [a San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles], and there's Jenna.