Penny Flame was born in Aurora, Colorado, but was raised in the San Fransisco Bay area. She went to San Diego State to study business administration, planning for a career in hotel management. She began her modeling career by responding to an ad in the San Diego State newspaper. At one of the modeling jobs that followed she met an agent. Her stage name was inspired by The Beatles song "Penny Lane".In 2003 she decided to make adult features to help pay for her schooling. By working four days a month she could earn enough money to allow her to focus on her studies the rest of the time. Penny began by only appearing in solo still photography. Her first scene an an adult film was in Indian Givers (2003) (V), directed by Robbie D. for Digital Playgound. During these early years Penny would only work in solo or all-girl scenes. In 2005 she began to work with men, and in that year won the AVN Award for "Best Solo Sex Scene" for Repo Girl (2003) (V). This boosted Penny's confidence in her work and helped her make the transition to working with men.Later in 2005 she appeared in her first big-budget film, DarkSide (2005) (V) (which was also Red Light District's first feature film). She went on to win two more AVN Awards for her work in "Darkside", one for "Best Couples Sex Scene - Film" with Herschel Savage and the other for "Best Group Sex Scene - Film". However, Penny prefers and works primarily in gonzo films and signed an exclusive directing contract with Shane's World Studios. With Shane's World she began producing her own line of films title "Blazed and Confused". These movies display Penny's advocacy for marijuana.In 2009 she entered the Pasadena Recovery Center for sex addiction, on the TV series "Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew" (2009). Initially she was going to use the series to gain publicity for her porn career, but in the end she accepted that she had a problem. She has since quit the porn business and is living in California in a committed relationship. She now goes by her real name, Jennie Ketcham. She writes a blog called "Becoming Jennie" and also writes for the Huffington Post. She also paints in her spare time and is working on a memoir. In March 2010 she appeared on the TV series "Sober House" (2009). She has stated that she has no regrets about her career in porn.