Xaviera Hollander was born into Japanese occupation in the Dutch East Indies in 1943 with the first two years of her life spent in a prisoner internment camp. When WWII was over the family went to live in Holland where Xavier stayed until emigrating to Johannesburg, South Africa until she decided to move to New York. She landed a job as a secretary at the Dutch consulate in Manhattan until she realised she could make up to $1,000 per night as a call girl and duly resigned in 1968. Within a year she had opened her own brothel called the Vertical Whorehouse on 73rd St, this was no small enterprise and it went on to become one of the most successful brothels in New Yorks history. She got arrested for prostitution just as she was writing her memoir; The Happy Hooker: My Own Story. The timing was perfect as she used this notoriety to go on a nationwide book tour ensuring it would become a best seller before she eventually got deported. Her memoir spawned a movie trilogy of the same name and ensured she would be in high demand as a talk show guest for the rest of her life. She was an agony aunt in Penthouse magazine for 35 years where she gave advice under the columns name Call Me Madam. Amidst all the inspiring advice there were some great stories told so here is my compilation of eight of the best Xaviera Hollander quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: Xaviera De Vries
- Born: 15th June 1943, Soerabaja, Dutch East Indies
- Occupation: Call girl, madam and author
- Famous for: Her best selling book; The Happy Hooker: My Own Story
- Controversy: In 1971 she was arrested for prostitution in New York and subsequently deported
- Movies: She has been portrayed in five movies including The Happy Hooker trilogy
- Trivia: She and her parents were interned in a Japanese prison camp where she spent the first two years of her life
"You can call me mercenary, or call me madam, but, as I always tell my customers - just call me anytime"
"I have only hated men at those moments when I realized that I was doing all the giving and they the taking. At least when I was a prostitute, it was all honest and upfront"
"Sex has been with us since the human race began its existence, yet I would estimate that 90 percent of human beings still suffer enormous inhibitions in this area"
"You just can't be good in bed anymore. You have to be good at the keyboard too"
"If my business was legitimate, I would deduct a substantial percentage for depreciation of my body"
"When the stocks go up, the cocks go up"
"In America you can get away with murder, but not with sex"
"My Pleasure is my business"