Hyapatia Lee (Indianapolis, November 11, 1960) is the stage name of a multi-talented artist of Irish-Cherokee descent.
A former adult movie performer in the 1980s and early 1990s, she is a dancer, actress, choreographer, musician and singer.
In the 1980s she starred in the most expensive adult movie production ever (the movie "Ribald Tales of Canterbury", loosely based on Geoffrey Chaucer and scripted by Hyapatia herself, who wrote many of her own movies and even directed some). The movie had a $300,000 budget.
Musically, she has released a couple of 7" singles (one of them is the Meri Wilson cover "Telephone Man") on SRO Records, a cassette only album ("Two Sides of Hyapatia Lee") including country and comedy songs, and a cd album with rock band W4IK (in 1994) for which she wrote or co-wrote all songs and performed vocals.
Another rock band led by Hyapatia in the 1990s was named Vision Quest, but her music career dates back to at least 1983, when she performed the theme song for the movie "Body Girls".
Hyapatia is a truly multi-talented person: for example, she even wrote a short article for a forum called "Is the body obsolete?" for the Summer 1989 issue of Whole Earth Review. Other contributors to the forum included William Burroughs, Bruce Sterling, Nina Hartley, Karen Finley. The same issue also contained a William Gibson interview.
She has written and published her own autobiographical book in year 2000 ("The Secret Lives of Hyapatia Lee") and has appeared in the compilation CD/LP "Porn to Rock " (released on Callner Records and Normal Records), in whichevery track is performed or features people involved at some point with the adult movie industry.
Hyapatia's contribution to the compilation is the song "Strike Back", also from "Double Euphoric".
A television interview done in the 1990s - with some info on Hyapatia's personal life - can be viewed in YouTube:
Under her real name, Hyapatia currently performs in theaters, in (non-adult) musicals and shows. Autumn 2010 marks the rerelease of "Double Euphoric" cd also as mp3 files on all major digital outlets, in collaboration with Italian label Kutmusic.
In 2011 she has appeared in some new, non-nude photos on the July issue of Hustler magazine, and on tv in The Bill Cunningham Show.
In 2012, she will be in "Born Into Porn: A Documentary Film" by Miki Ann Mosman and Janet Gaynor, whose trailer has been released on YouTube.