Adopted by her parents in Tulsa, Oklahoma and married at a young age, Baker was pressured by her second husband to get breast implants and pose for Gallery magazine's "Girl Next Door " amateur photo contest. She won the contest, and parlayed this into a follow-up spread in Hustler magazine. Soon she was booked for two more layouts in Hustler. With her nude modeling career underway, Baker's husband gave her an ultimatum: him or the business. Baker ditched her husband, and moved to Los Angeles to begin her adult film career.
Valentine took her stage name from the fact that she appeared in her first adult film on February 14 1996. Her last film was made exactly four years later in 2000. Valentine knew early on she did not want to be in the adult industry too long. "The goal when you get into the business is that you want to be a contract girl and you want to get the awards. I was a contract girl. I got the awards. I fought very hard to climb that ladder and I would be damned if I was going to climb down it. So I thought, this is a perfect time to make my exit."
Christine Fugate's melancholy documentary portrait of the porn star Stacy Valentine, suggests that the intersection of pornography and cosmetic surgery has given birth to a new genre of performer: the porn star as human approximation of an inflatable sex toy. With her platinum hair, fat-injected lips, breast implants and body planed by liposuction, Ms. Valentine doesn't look entirely real. Of course, that's probably the way her fans like it...her readiness to bare all emotionally as well as physically reveals a streak of grandiosity. Is it really an act of courage in this era of free-for-all confession for her to reveal so much? Or is it simply exhibitionism posing as truth-telling?