Katja Kassin

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Katja Kassin
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Katja Kassin in 2005
Born (1979-09-24) 24 September 1979 (age 39)
Leipzig, East Germany
(now Germany)
Height 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)
Spouse(s) Sledge Hammer (2005–2006) [1]

Katja Kassin (born 24 September 1979) [2] is the stage name of a German pornographic actress.

Stage name pseudonym used by performing artist

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Early life

Kassin was born in Leipzig, East Germany. She was 10 years old when the Berlin Wall came down. [3] She attended college and worked as a waitress prior to her porn career. [4]

Leipzig Place in Saxony, Germany

Leipzig is the most populous city in the federal state of Saxony, Germany. With a population of 581,980 inhabitants as of 2017, it is Germany's tenth most populous city. Leipzig is located about 160 kilometres (99 mi) southwest of Berlin at the confluence of the White Elster, Pleiße and Parthe rivers at the southern end of the North German Plain.

East Germany Former communist country, 1949-1990

East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic, was a country that existed from 1949 to 1990, when the eastern portion of Germany was part of the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War. It described itself as a socialist "workers' and peasants' state", and the territory was administered and occupied by Soviet forces at the end of World War II — the Soviet Occupation Zone of the Potsdam Agreement, bounded on the east by the Oder–Neisse line. The Soviet zone surrounded West Berlin but did not include it; as a result, West Berlin remained outside the jurisdiction of the GDR.

Berlin Wall barrier constructed by the German Democratic, enclosing West Berlin

The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic, starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall cut off West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and finished in 1992. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, accompanied by a wide area that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc portrayed the Wall as protecting its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a socialist state in East Germany.


Kassin began nude modeling in Germany when she was 20 years old. [3] She shot her first porn scene in Germany in May 2002. [4] She contacted German adult actress Dru Berrymore, who invited her to travel to the United States. [3] In March 2003, Kassin shot her first American sex scene in Straight to the A 4. [2] In her first month working in the United States, she shot 25 scenes. [3] In 2015, she appeared in the mainstream film Tangerine . [5]

Dru Berrymore German pornographic actress

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Personal life

Kassin permanently moved to the Los Angeles area in late 2004 and married fellow American performer Sledge Hammer [1] in January 2005. [6] They divorced in October 2006.[ citation needed ]


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