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Xaviera Hollander Quotes


Xaviera Hollander
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Xaviera De Vries
  • Born: 15th June 1943, Soerabaja, Dutch East Indies
  • Occupation: Call girl, madam and author
  • Pen name: Xaviera Hollander
  • 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: Xaviera and her parents were interned in a Japanese prison camp where she spent the first two years of her life
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"You can call me mercenary, or call me madam, but, as I always tell my customers - just call me anytime"

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"I and women like me could make a big contribution to what Mayor John Lindsay calls Fun City, and the city and state could derive the money in taxes and licensing fees that I pay off to crooked cops and political figures"

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"They arrested me and then they deported me, for ‘moral turpitude.’ Being arrested and marched past people I knew was most humiliating. And this arrest affected not just me but my girls, my clients and my business"

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"My fame at that point had become international and my poor, kind husband at the time, even though I was no longer working as a madam, was bombarded with cruel comments and I know his business must have suffered"

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"Many of them seem to be in psychoanalysis with problems arising from a domineering mother or a Jewish American Princess wife who walks all over them"

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"If this was still 1970 and I wasn’t so ethical and protective of the identity of my clients I might be willing to divulge names"

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"Jail was disgusting, the first attack was on my sense of smell - the stench of vomit, urine and body odor was suffocating"

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"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"

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"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"

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"You just can't be good in bed anymore. You have to be good at the keyboard too"

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"If my business was legitimate, I would deduct a substantial percentage for depreciation of my body"

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"A psychiatrist once said 'you're the type of Second World War survivor who becomes a winner'"

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"I thought it would be small book, maybe selling 3,000 copies in New York"

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"My business could be made legal, the way off-track betting is in New York"

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"I've made millions, maybe $5m, but it took me 40 years to go through it"

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"When the stocks go up, the cocks go up"

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"In America you can get away with murder, but not with sex"

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"Now I'm a Happy Booker" [about her Amsterdam B&B]

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"I survived and now I want to be a queen"

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"I sure did a lot of penetrating research"

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"I'm trysexual, I'll try anything"

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"My Pleasure is my business"

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Xaviera Hollander Biography

Xaviera Hollander was born into the Japanese occupied 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.



Hollander 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.

Xaviera 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.

Hollander's 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 22 of the best Xaviera Hollander quotes.

Quotes About Xaviera Hollander

The journalist Melissa Gira Grant made this observation: "Hollander was famous for being able to sweep through the lobby of the Palace Hotel, unnoticed and undisturbed, on her way to an assignation, not because she didn’t “look like” a working girl, but because she knew that too few people understood what a working girl really looked like"

Back in the day, the New York Times was not terribly impressed with 'The Happy Hooker' as it was described as: "liberally dosed with sex fantasies for the retarded"

The journalist Katie Byrne shared this assessment: "Xaviera always has an afterthought. She thinks out loud and doesn't seem to have any filter. This makes her excellent company but a frustrating interviewee, as most of what comes out of her mouth is unprintable. The rest is gloriously unashamed"


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