Of Punjabi descent, our profilee in this edition of Porn Star of the Week was born Karen Malhotra in Sarnia, Ont. in 1981. She spent the first 13 years of her life in Canada before moving with her family to the United States — first to Fort Gratiot, Michigan, then Lake Forest, California.
After graduating high school, Malhotra began studying to be a pediatric nurse. Her introduction to the adult entertainment industry came via a classmate who was working as an exotic dancer, and who knew an agent with contacts at Penthouse magazine. It was Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione, in fact, who came up with Malhotra’s nom de porn Sunny Leone.
After posing for photographer Jay Allen, Leone was named Penthouse Pet of the Month for March 2001. Pictorials in other magazines like Cheri, Hustler and Club International followed, and in 2005 Leone signed a contract with Vivid Entertainment and began performing in XXX films. For the first two years she did lesbian scenes only before moving to male-female scenes — first with then fiance Matt Erikson, and later other men.
Named by Maxim as one of the top 12 female porn stars of 2010, Leone has shrewdly leveraged her popularity in porn and inked endorsement deals for numerous products: skateboards, lingerie, sex toys, jewelery, on-line poker. In recent years, she’s been spending considerable time in her ancestral homeland of India, participating in the reality show Bigg Boss and exploring opportunities in Bollywood to capitalize on her popularity there.
As far as hobbies go, she’s apparently a big fan of World of Warcraft and The Simpsons. She also enjoys horse-back riding and playing soccer. In 2006, Leone became an American citizen. But she retains her Canadian citizenship. That doesn’t automatically make her a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, I know. But if Leone is a fan, she’s got to be pleased, because so far this pre-season Canada’s lone major league baseball franchise has been playing great.
Yeah, they don’t start recording Ws and Ls for real until April 5. The Jays are in Cleveland that day to open the 2012 season against the Indians. But as of March 22 the Jays sported a 16-4 record, and were performing well in all facets of the game: pitching, hitting and fielding.
Unlike the NFL, NHL and CFL, baseball doesn’t have a salary cap. So big market teams like the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels are able to spare no expense in assembling star-studded rosters. With a 2011 payroll of $63 million the Jays are mired in the bottom third of MLB teams. Because they have the misfortune of being in the same division as the Yankees ($203 million) and Red Sox ($162 million) it’s long been apparent that the only way they’ll be able to compete is by drafting wisely and developing a steady stream of young prospects who will shine for a time before signing big contracts elsewhere once they’re eligible for free agency.
Under that model, patience, for both team management and fans, is an indispensible virtue. And while the official Blue Jay line is that the team is still a year away from being a legit contender, manager Alex Anthopolous seems to be on the right track. True, the team’s starting pitching remains a concern. But with an extra wild card spot available in both the American and National Leagues this season, the Jays might well reach the promised land of the post-season a year ahead of schedule.