Biography of Joanna Angel
Angel was born in Boston, Massachusetts to an Orthodox Jewish Israeli mother and
an American father. She was raised in River Edge in Bergen County, New Jersey,
where she attended Cherry Hill Elementary School and graduated from River Dell
High School in 1998. After graduating at age 17 she enrolled in Rutgers University,
where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a minor
in Film Studies.
She worked in a Jewish fast food restaurant during high school, then at an
Applebees and another restaurant, called Happy's Health Grille during college.
After finishing her degree she relocated to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn,
New York and created the website BurningAngel, a hardcore adult site catering
to an emerging genre dubbed "alt porn" while she danced as a stripper
at night. Her website followed in the footsteps of the very popular SuicideGirls
— which she referred to as "the McDonald's of alt porn,". When
asked whether she thought that alt porn was turning into a movement she stated
"I think it's a movement. I think I've started something."
Joanna has written, produced, directed and starred in films available exclusively
through BurningAngel, as well as appearing in more traditionally distributed adult
films. She was under an exclusive contract with VCA Pictures which expired in
March 2007, and was, at one time, represented by the adult talent agency Bad Ass
Due to the success of BurningAngel, Angel has been featured in numerous magazines
and newspapers, including an article written in The New York Times. She was
nominated in 2006 for the AVN Awards for both "Best New Starlet" and
"Best Actress", and although she won neither, she did take home the
award for "Most Outrageous Sex Scene" for her appearance in Re-Penetrator.
She briefly wrote a monthly sexual-advice column for Spin. She also contributed
a chapter to the book Naked Ambition: Women Pornographers and How They Are Changing
the Sex Industry.
She was nominated for the 2009 AVN Award for The Jenna Jameson Crossover Star
of the Year.
Full name: Joanna Angel
Birthdate: December 25, 1980
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA