She was born, of Portugese and English descent, Marie Silva on 14 September 1975 in Newport, Rhode Island, where she grew up and remained until she was 20 years old. Marie worked a variety of unglamorous jobs - painting cars, training horses, being a hotel bellman - before in her early twenties moving to Florida and taking up exotic dancing. She shot her first adult movie in the year 1999 after answering an internet ad looking for talent.
About 50 XXX movies followed on the East Coast under the name Marie Silva. Then in February 2002, Marie headed west for Los Angeles, changing her name to Aria and becoming the hardbody vamp of a whole string of much bigger budget porn movies. She already had her sights on a parallel career in the fitness industry when she headed to LA, but for the first few years Aria's adult movie career was going so well that fitness competitions took a back seat. In 2003 alone, she was nominated for 5 AVN awards in the categories of Best New Starlet, Best Actress, Best Solo Scene, Best Couples Scene, and Best Group Scene.
Aria carved a niche for herself with her ripped 34C-24-36 body, wildly intense sex scenes and a special talent for gushing real orgasms that saw her appear in a string of speciality titles such as Aria Squirts, Squirting Nurses and Nina Hartley's Guide To Multiple Orgasms. "I love anal and DP scenes. Yes I actually really do like them. It was doing anal that I first squirted, actually," Aria says.
By now a big name in porn, working out in the gym daily, Aria had not forgotten her fitness ambitions, however. Back under her real Marie Silva name, she began competing in a string of NPC contests such as the Contra Costa Championship and the California Figure Championship. And in September 2004, she took second place at the NPC National Figure Championships, achieving Professional status.