HomeTVInside The Actors StudioJames Lipton Used to Pimp Hookers in Paris Jamey Giddens May 29, 2013 8 Comments James Lipton has worn many hats during his storied career in the entertainment business — actor, writer, television host, professor. Who knew one of said hats was purple and had a feather in it? In a new interview with Parade, the Inside The Actors Studio host revealed that for a time he worked as a pimp in a Parisian whorehouse! Here's an excerpt: Is it true you were a pimp in Paris in the 1950s? “I was. 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.” I wonder if Lipton left this particular job entry off his resume, when seeking out both writing and acting gigs on Irna Phillips' The Guiding Light back in the early 50's? After his stints on GL, Lipton went on to write for Another World, The Edge of Night, The Best of Everything, Return to Peyton Place and Capitol. Inside The Actors Studio celebrates its 250th episode tonight at 7 pm EST on Bravo. Watch a clip below. 8 Responses lance_prentiss May 29, 2013 I am speechless! Hopefully SNL will jump on this! Log in to Reply Ryan-Scott May 29, 2013 I would love to hear about how he was the HW for AW in the 60s. The way I understand it he wrote alot of not good drama and good old Agnes Nixon replaced him and set the ship right. Log in to Reply david46208 May 30, 2013 @Jamey Giddens: I wonder if he has a good backhand? How do you say, “Bitch better have my money” in French? “Chienne vaut mieux avoir mon argent!” Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon May 30, 2013 I read this somewhere some years ago. The man has had one hell of an interesting life. Log in to Reply TV Gord May 30, 2013 This isn’t a new story. There were several stories about it in October 2007, in advance of the publication of his memoirs. He talked about it quite a bit at the time. I’ve been scratching my head all day about why this is being considered a revelation now. Log in to Reply Scout May 30, 2013 What’s the big deal? Who hasn’t run a string of hookers every now and then? Log in to Reply liason4real May 30, 2013 LMAO! Log in to Reply pferrando May 31, 2013 But he did write good sh#t at EON I believe. Good for him. I’ve got something to look forward to when I go to France. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.