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'Inside the Actors Studio' Host James Lipton Reveals His Life as a Paris Pimp

by Anne Thompson
May 29, 2013 4:06 PM
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James Lipton

As he made the promo circuit ostensibly to hype the 250th episode of his series "Inside the Actors Studio" on May 29,  James Lipton gave an explosive interview to Parade Magazine. The often sycophantic interviewer went into frank detail about his former life as a pimp in 1950s Paris. Apparently, he has no regrets about his youthful employment.


“I had to be okayed by the underworld, otherwise they would’ve found me floating in the Seine."

“It was only a few years after the war. Paris was different then, still poor. Men couldn’t get jobs and, in the male chauvinist Paris of that time, the women couldn’t get work at all. It was perfectly respectable for them to go into le milieu.”

“The great bordellos were still flourishing in those days … I did a roaring business.”

 “The French mecs didn’t exploit women. They represented them, like agents. And they took a cut. That’s how I lived.”

“I was going through my rites of passage, no question about it. It was a great year of my life."

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  • Brian | May 30, 2013 10:21 AMReply

    So you're telling us that he was the basis for Jack Lemmon's character in IRMA LA DOUCE?

  • Yep | May 29, 2013 5:37 PMReply

    So long as he doesn't adopt Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin" as the intro music for his show it's not really a big deal

  • Rodrigo de Oliveira | May 29, 2013 4:52 PMReply

    Checked twice to see if this wasn't The Onion. Still not sure it isn't.

  • frknduff | May 29, 2013 4:20 PMReply

    what the fuck?

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