Lanny Barby’s adult career started off rather slow in 2001 with her appearance in World Sex Tour 24: Canada, a low budget porno and a year later with an appearance in 2 on 1 #14 and Lewd Conduct 15. 
During this time Lanny Barby shot for Canadian content providers like adultcontent.ca under the name Lenny Barbie. This content, including scenes with Bruno B, appears in multiple websites.
It was at this point in her life that Barby got serious about her career in adult entertainment. In 2003 she performed in 10 movies and things only got better from there.
It was rumored that Barby has a half-sister who is in the adult film industry by the name of Kimberly Franklin. This actually isn’t the case as they are of no blood relations. It was rumored they shared the same father however in 2005 Barby’s official website addressed the issue and stated that they are only step-sisters, although there is still some dispute as to whether that is true or not either.
Barby married male pornstar Julian on March 5, 2005, who was 11 years her senior. Her husband has performed under the names Julián Ríos, Julián Ruíz, Julian Andretti or Jordan Rivers.  In November 2008 Julian revealed that the pair had separated.
Just a few weeks after getting married on April 1, 2005 it was announced by Vivid Entertainment that they had just signed Barby for a two year exclusive contract, making Barby the first Vivid Girl from Montreal.
In August 2005 Lanny was the first Twistys Treat of the Month.
There has been much confusion with the spelling of Barby’s name over the years. She has been referred to as Lanny Barbie, Lani Barby, Lannie Barby and many other spelling variations of the same name but the moment she signed her contract with Vivid Entertainment it became official, that the legal spelling of her name from that point on will be Lanny Barby.