Hyapatia Lee

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Hyapatia Lee
Vicki Lynch[1]

Haughville, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States[1]
Spouse(s)Jack (1 child)[1]
Bud Lee (19??–1993) (divorced; 2 children)[1]

Vicki Lynch, known professionally as Hyapatia Lee, is an American former adult film actress. As part Cherokee, she was the only Native American in the adult business during her tenure; this contributed to her becoming one of the best-known actresses of the Golden Age of Porn.[1] Lee is an AVN and XRCO Hall of Fame inductee.

Early life and education[edit]

Lee was born in Haughville, Indianapolis, to teenage parents and is of Cherokee and Irish descent. She attended the local high school, where she performed in several musicals.[1]: 124 


In 1984, Lee appeared in Sweet Young Foxes and Penthouse magazine.[1]

Over time, her husband Bud Lee joined the cast and crew of her films. Together they created the second-most-expensive pornographic film (at the time), The Ribald Tales of Canterbury (1985), a version of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.[1]

In 1993, she was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame,[1][2] and the XRCO Hall of Fame in 1994.[3] She was also given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Free Speech Coalition in 1995.[4]

In 1998, members of her fan club received a report that she had died due to diabetes. The report was inaccurate.[5]

Like many adult performers of the era, she retained no rights to her films.[1][failed verification]


For SRO Records, Lee recorded the 7-inch single "Telephone Man", released in 1988;[6] and the album Two Sides Of Hyapatia Lee in 1989.[7][unreliable source?] "Rub-a-Dub-Dub" from the album featured on Dr. Demento's 'Funny Five' playlist, airing April 30, 1989.[8]

In 1994, Lee recorded the album Double Euphoric with her band W4IK.[9] 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.[10][permanent dead link]

Double Euphoric was re-released in September 2010, both in physical and digital versions,[9] via outlets such as CD Baby, Amazon and Apple iTunes.


Lee is an online columnist for High Times.[4] In 1993, Lee co-wrote an autobiography comic book with Jay Allen Sanford, Carnal Comics: Hyapatia Lee, featuring her true life story illustrated by the Vampirella artist Louis Small Jr.. She also took part in and appeared within the Carnal Comics title Triple-X Cinema: A Cartoon History, as well as co-starring with her friend Porsche Lynn in another issue of the adult comic book line. In 2000, Lee self-published an autobiography, The Secret Life of Hyapatia Lee.[1] In 2016, she authored a self-help book, Native Strength – The First Step on the Path to an Indomitable Life, the first in a series.[11][third-party source needed]

Personal life[edit]

She views Hyapatia as a particular personality that allowed her to perform.[1] She met and married Bud Lee, with whom she bought land in rural southern Indiana, where she has lived since.[1] The couple had two children, whom she homeschooled at their Indiana home.[1] In 1993 she retired from the industry and separated from Bud the same year. She has since remarried and had another child.[1]


  • The Secret Lives of Hyapatia Lee. AuthorHouse. 2001. ISBN 978-1-4208-9773-9.



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Comiskey, Daniel S. (March 2008). "The Naked Truth". Indianapolis Monthly. pp. 120–127, 238. ISSN 0899-0328.[page range too broad]
  2. ^ "AVN Hall of Fame". AVNAwards.com. Retrieved December 29, 2007.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "XRCO Hall of Fame". Bwdl.net. Archived from the original on October 7, 2007.
  4. ^ a b c "5 Questions for Hyapatia Lee". High Times. March 29, 2013. Archived from the original on March 16, 2016.
  5. ^ XBIZ (December 6, 2004). "Porn Star Comebacks". XBIZ.com. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
  6. ^ "Hyapatia Lee - Telephone Man". Discogs. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  7. ^ "Hyapatia Lee - Two Sides Of Hyapatia Lee". Discogs. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  8. ^ "The Dr. Demento Show #89-18 - April 30, 1989". Dmdb.org. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Biography". Hyapatialee.net. Archived from the original on October 9, 2010.
  10. ^ "Really Randoms". Rolling Stone. No. 804. January 1999. ISSN 0035-791X.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Lee, Hyapatia (August 19, 2016). Native Strength – The First Step on the Path to an Indomitable Life. AuthorHouse. ISBN 9781524623678.
  12. ^ "Past AVN Award Winners". AVNAwards.com. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007.
  13. ^ "Adult Video Awards". Canbest.com. Archived from the original on October 14, 2007.
  14. ^ "25th Annual AVN Awards Show". AVNAwards.com. Archived from the original on October 2, 2008.

Further reading[edit]

  • Smith, Andrea (2006). "Appropriation of Native American Religious Traditions". In Keller, Rosemary Skinner; Ruether, Rosemary Radford; Cantlon, Marie (eds.). Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America, Volume 1. Indiana University Press. p. 107. ISBN 978-0-253-34686-5.

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