Sunny Lane"s parents, Shelby and Mike, worked in air-freight. She trained as an ice dancer under James Millns and was in preparations for the Olympic trials when she required bunion surgery. Unable to skate due to the recovery period, she started dancing nude in order to support herself financially.
Lane was invited to attend the AVN ceremony in 2005 by Serenity, where at an after-show party hosted by Sean Michaels she encountered an agent from Playboy.
She started to act in adult movies in the same year. Lane was featured on the television show Pants-Office Dance-Office, on Fuse television She has also worked at the Nevada brothel, the Moonlite BunnyRanch, at various times in her career.
Her performance in the 2007 film Goo Girls 26 earned Lane the 2008 AVN award for Best POV Sex Scene. Lane is a fan of Paramore and playing racing video games.
Lane is bisexual. In November 2012 she announced her return to the adult industry to star in Not the Love Boat XXX and other adult movies as well as to entertain clients at the World Famous Moonlite Bunnyranch.