Penny Flame Biography

Personal Info

Name : Jennifer “Jennie” Ketcham

Alias: Penny Flame/ Penny Ings/ Penny Lane/ Dolly Wagner

Date of Birth: February 22nd 1983

Home Town : Aurora, Colorado (USA)

Measurements : 36C-25-35

Bra/ Cup Size : 36C (80C)

Boobs :  Natural

Height : 5’2 (1.57m)

Weight : 114lbs (52kg)

Hair Colour : Brown

Eye Colour : Brown

Piercings : Navel

Tattoos : Tribal heart on her back

Nationality : American

Years Active : 2002-2009

Number of Scenes : 482 (as an actress), 9 (as director)

Jennie Ketcham

Jennie Ketcham – Image from Wikimedia

Although she officially retired in 2009 and continued working in the business up until 2012, Jennifer “Jennie” Ketcham aka Penny Flame remains one of the most popular porn stars in the adult entertainment industry. Whether she was working on film as an actress or behind the camera as the director, Penny Flame had a unique style that earned her a wide network of avid fans. As such, despite her retirement, you can still view a variety of Penny Flame inspired content as well as much of her archive online or on DVD.

Born in Aurora, Colorado, but raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Penny Flame originally attended San Diego State to study business administration in preparation for a career in hotel management. However, after feeling unfulfilled with working a string of barista and waitress jobs to pay for her schooling, 18 year old Penny Flame discovered her talents for adult entertainment after responding to an advertisement placed in a San Diego paper. Inspired by the Beatles song ‘Penny Lane’ and her penchant for smoking marijuana, Jennifer Ketcham transformed into Penny Flame; a no-nonsense buxom brunette with freckles who went on to take the adult film industry by storm.

Penny soon found that by appearing as an adult model in solo still photography she could earn enough money to focus on her studies and only have to work four days a month! This successful modelling career led to her first scene in an adult film in 2003 in Indian Givers; a Digital Playground production.

Penny Flame at AEE 2008

Penny Flame at the 2008 Adult Entertainment Expo – Image source

Between 2003 and 2005, Penny Flame only appeared in solo or all-girl sex scenes. It was her success and subsequent AVN Award for “Best Solo Sex Scene” for her appearance in Repo Girl which gave her the confidence to start to appearing in male-female sex scenes. In 2005, Penny Flame appeared in her first big-budget film Dark Side. This appearance earned Penny even more AVN Awards and a huge fan following.

Throughout her career Penny Flame starred predominantly in gonzo films and reality porn productions. Penny Flame’s hardcore sex scenes usually demonstrate her advocacy for marijuana, involve frequent use of dirty talk, and reflect the playful attitude that she was known to have on set. Penny’s only requirements for a sexual position was that she had to look into her partner’s eyes during sex because she finds it erotic. Due to the fact that she wore brace for 7 years. Penny also has a ‘teeth fetish’ and finds smiles on men to be her first major turn-on.

Between 2002 and 2009, Penny Flame performed a variety of seductive and outrageous scenes in over 200 pornographic feature films. Penny’s directorial debut occurred in 2005 via an instructional video for Shane’s World Studios. This production was a cinematic success which Penny swiftly followed by directing a series of pornographic feature film trilogies including Shane’s World: Girls Night Out 1, 2 and 3, Blazed and Confused 1, 2 and 3 as well as Penny Flame’s Out of Control.

Penny Flame at AVN Expo 2008

Penny Flame at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo 2008 – Image source

Penny’s talent for directing resulted in her signing a contract with Tristan Taormino and Vivid Entertainment in 2008 to direct her own series of feature films under the studio’s sex education imprint; Vivid-Ed. Many of these pornographic productions, such as Penny Flame’s Expert Guide to Handjobs and Penny Flame’s Expert Guide to Rough Sex, mirror the popular instructional style that was evident in the first few films which Penny directed for Shane’s World Studios.

Throughout her career within the adult entertainment industry, Penny Flame’s collaborations with Naughty America, Shane’s World Studios and numerous other production companies earned her a broad range of acting awards. Amongst these accolades included;

  • 2005: AVN Awards winner — “Best Solo Sex Scene” — Repo Girl
  • 2006: AVN Awards winner — “Best Couples Sex Scene” — Dark Side
  • 2006: AVN Awards winner — “Best Group Sex Scene” — Dark Side
  • 2006: XRCO Awards winner — “Best Onscreen Couple” — Dark Side-Red Light
  • 2006: Adam Film World Guide Awards winner — “Actress of the Year” — Dark Side
  • 2008: AVN Awards winner — “Best Actress”— Layout
  • 2008: AVN Awards winner — “Best Couples Sex Scene” — Layout
  • 2008: F.A.M.E Awards winner — “Favourite Oral Starlet”
  • 2010: AVN Awards winner — “Best Supporting Actress” — Throat: A Cautionary Tale

Following her numerous AVN Awards and accolades, Penny Flame felt that she had reached the peak of her career as an adult film star and decided to pursue a career within the business side of the adult entertainment industry.

As such, Penny Flame’s last appearance in a pornographic production was Celebrity Pornhab with Dr. Screw; a parody of the reality TV series Celebrity Rehab which had recently featured fellow porn star actress Mary Carey. Penny filmed this production shortly before signing a deal to appear in the 2008 VH1 reality TV programme Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew; an opportunity which she originally intended as merely a marketing opportunity for increasing her status within the adult entertainment industry.

Despite her original intentions to disrupt the rehabilitation process and garner some additional publicity for her brand, it was during her time on the show at the Pasadena Recovery Center that Penny Flame realised that she had been abusing drugs (specifically cocaine) and alcohol in order to ‘numb herself’ for her on-camera sex scenes which she found were becoming traumatic. During her time on the show, Penny Flame also faced the stark realisation that she was a sex addict who was unable to form close relationships with partners, friends or relatives.

After merely two weeks of psychological treatment on Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew, Penny Flame decided to leave the adult film industry for good. During her time on the show, Penny revealed how she had become sexually active at merely 12 years old, and that she had practised safe sex as a youth in order to receive the emotional validation that was missing from her relationships with her close friends and family members. On the show, Penny discussed how her parents had divorced when she was 13 years old; during which time she ceased speaking to her father. It was not until she was 26 years old that Penny started talking to her father again and mending her fractured relationships with her family.

Penny Flame’s psychological recovery process was also aired on the reality TV programme Sober House; a spin-off from Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew. Since her appearance on these shows, Penny Flame has discarded her porn star alias and has resumed her life as Jennifer “Jennie” Ketcham. No longer affiliated with the adult film industry, clean from drugs and alcohol, and studying full-time, Jennifer has aspirations of attending grad school.

Since April 2009 Jennifer has written a blog titled Becoming Jennie. She cites her participation in Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew as a driving influence for creating her blog, as can be seen in her first ever blog entry on April 29th 2009 which started with the declaration;

“My name is Jennie Ketcham, and I am a recovering porn star, and addict. This day, as every day, is the first day of the rest of my life, and I intend to live it to the fullest”.

As of December 2009, Jennifer has also written for the Huffington Post; a job which commenced on the inauguration of their Los Angeles edition. Although Jennifer states that she does not regret her adult industry film career, her memoir I Am Jennie, which was published in July 2012, chronicled her struggles with sex, alcohol and drug addiction and discusses the stark realities of re-entering ‘the real world’ after a successful and prolific career in the adult entertainment industry. As she discussed in an interview, her inspiration for writing her memoirs;

all started with my blog. I thought that if I made a public statement about how difficult it is to struggle with sex addiction, and focused as well on my struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, it would make me much less inclined to go back into the adult business…It was obviously cathartic to write about my past and know I can open and close that book. But the response I’ve gotten from people who have told me my blog really helped them was a big reason for writing it. The book could reach people on a much larger scale”. 

Since her appearances on Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew and Sober House, Jennifer has also appeared on The View, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Life Changers, Entertainment Tonight and Extra amongst other TV talk shows in order to discuss sex addiction and the ways in which her memoirs have helped fellow addicts. Her blog has also been featured on Last Call with Carson Daly.

During an interview on TV talk show The View on March 17th 2010, Jennifer explained how she had taken a vow of abstinence for a year after completing her rehabilitation treatment at the Pasadena Recovery Center. It was nine months into this year of abstinence that Jennifer met a man who supported her recovery and attended twelve-step AA meetings with her. She is now in a committed, monogamous relationship with him. Jennifer has severed all ties with the adult entertainment industry; working instead as an author and practising artist. Jennifer creates paintings in her spare time, and pursues her lifelong interests of singing and ballet dancing.

Amy Stone

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