Dana Vespoli
Vespoli at the 2014 AVN Awards
Alma materMills College
(m. 2005; div. 2012)

Dana Vespoli is an American pornographic actress and film director.

Early life

Vespoli graduated from Mills College[2] with a Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative literature.[1][3]


Vespoli began performing at age 31 as a stripper at the Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theatre in San Francisco,[4] using the stage name "Christa".[1] She entered the adult film industry in 2003,[5] first as a performer, and then as a director and producer.[6]

In April 2006, Vespoli began directing for Digital Sin.[7] She has directed for Sweetheart Video and Evil Angel.[1][5][8] She has received award nominations from AVN and Xbiz mostly for films she has directed for Evil Angel.[9] Her directing work has focused mainly on lesbian scenes.[4]

In 2011, Complex ranked her thirteenth on their list of "The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time".[10] In 2014, Break.com ranked her 31st on their list of "40 Best Asian Porn Stars Today".[11] Vespoli was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2016.[12]

Personal life

Vespoli married pornographic actor Manuel Ferrara in January 2005 and has three children with him. The couple divorced seven years later.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Alff, Shawn (March 4, 2013). "Getting inside Dana Vespoli". Creative Loafing. Tampa, Fla.[non-primary source needed]
  2. ^ "Alumnae in the News Archive". Mills College. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  3. ^ Peter Warren & Heidi Pike-Johnson (2004-02-13). "Fresh Off The Bus: Dana Vespoli". AVN Insider. Archived from the original on April 9, 2004. Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  4. ^ a b Way, Mish Barber (21 December 2015). "After James Deen Rape Allegations, Porn Companies Debate the Issue of Consent". Vice.
  5. ^ a b "Evil Angel Adds Dana Vespoli to Roster". AVN. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  6. ^ Snow, Aurora (5 May 2018). "Inside the Porn Star Housing Crisis: 'People Have Sex in Houses All the Time'". The Daily Beast.
  7. ^ Thomas J Stanton (2006-04-07). "Dana Vespoli to Direct for Digital Sin". AVN. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  8. ^ "Dana Vespoli Makes Sweetheart Video Directorial Debut". AVN. 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  9. ^ Morris, Chris (19 January 2016). "The Dirty Dozen: Porn's biggest stars". CNBC.
  10. ^ Gabriel Alvarez (2011-09-19). "The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time". Complex. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
  11. ^ Ranked: 40 Best Asian Porn Stars Today, 2014-08-23, archived from the original on 2014-08-26, retrieved 2015-03-25
  12. ^ "Class of 2016: The AVN Hall of Fame Inductees". Adult Video News. December 18, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2016.

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