Hyapatia Lee (b. November 11, 1960, Indianapolis, Indiana) of Cherokee and Irish descent, is a former American exotic dancer and pornographic actress. As the only (one quarter Cherokee) Native American in the business, during her tenure, she was one of the most prolific pornographic actresses of the Golden Age of Porn.
Lee was born as Victoria (Vicki) Lynch in Haughville, Indianapolis, to teenaged parents. She attended the local high school, where she performed in several musicals. She developed dissociative identity disorder in her teenage years, following reported sexual abuse from her stepfather. She views Hyapatia as a particular personality that allowed her to perform. She met and married Bud Lee, with whom she bought land in rural southern Indiana, where she has lived since.The couple had two children, who were homeschooled by their mother at their Indiana home.
After winning the 1979 Miss Nude Galaxy contest in Roselawn, Indiana, its owner cast Lee in The Young Like It Hot (1983). In 1984 she appeared in a second movie Sweet Young Foxes. In 1984, she appeared in Penthouse, in the same September 1984 record breaking bestselling issue that exposed Miss America 1984, Vanessa Williams (although it became illegal to own since its Penthouse Pet was minor Traci Lords).
With time, her husband Bud joined the cast and crew of her films. Together they created the second most expensive pornographic film, The Ribald Tales of Canterbury (1985), with Bud Lee directing and Hyapatia Lee starring and screenwriting a version of Geoffrey Chaucer's classic The Canterbury Tales.
Lee had difficulties coping with the fame and recognition she received, and had increasing problems with mental illness. She was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, and in 1993, blacked out after having left the set of Native Tongue following a confrontation with the director. She retired from the industry and separated from Bud the same year. She has since remarried and had another child.
Also in 1993, she was inducted into the XRCO and AVN Halls of Fame. She was also given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Free Speech Coalition in 1995.
In 1998, members of her fan club had received word of her death due to diabetes. It was later revealed by the work of porn journalist Luke Ford that Hyapatia herself fixed the hoax in an effort to sell merchandise.
In 1994, Lee recorded the album Double Euphoric with her band W4IK. She toured with the same band (which was based in Los Angeles) and also with another band based in Indiana, called Vision Quest.
In 1999, one of Lee's tracks from her 1994 release appeared on the music CD Porn to Rock. In 2000, she self-published an autobiography, but has largely tried to distance herself from her past career. Like many performers, she retained no rights to her films, and does not earn royalties, but chose not to sue to reclaim cybersquatting entities that use her alias in their domain names.
Under her birth name, Lee has made a return to the mainstream stage. She currently is a member of the Coachlight Musical Theater in Nashville, Indiana.
Double Euphoric has been rereleased in September 2010 both as physical and digital versions via outlets such as CD Baby, Amazon and Apple iTunes.
1991 AVN Best Actress - Film for The Masseuse
1993 F.O.X.E Female Fan Favorite
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