Karenjit Kaur Vohra (born May 13, 1981) better known by her stage name Sunny Leone is an Indo-Canadian and American actress, businesswoman, model and former pornographic actress. She was named Penthouse Pet of the Year in 2003 and was a contract star for Vivid Entertainment. Named by Maxim as one of the 12 top porn stars in 2010, she has also played roles in independent mainstream films and television shows. She later made her Bollywood debut in Pooja Bhatt‘s erotic thriller Jism 2 (2012) and now works in Hindi films.
Leone was born in Sarnia, Ontario to Sikh Punjabi parents. Her father was born in Tibet and raised in Delhi, while her mother (who died in 2008) was from Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh. As a young girl, she was very athletic and played street hockey with the boys, and ice skating on a nearby frozen lake.
Although the family was Sikh, her parents enrolled her in Catholic school as it was felt to be unsafe for her to go to public school. She lost her virginity to a basketball player at another school at 16, and discovered her bisexuality at age 18. When she was 13, her family moved to Fort Gratiot,Michigan, then to Lake Forest, California a year later, fulfilling her grandparents’ dream that the family be together in one place.Before working in the porn industry, she first worked at a German bakery, a Jiffy Lube, and later a tax and retirement firm.