James Lipton Used to Pimp Hookers in Paris

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

  1. Profile photo of Ryan-Scott

    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.

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    TV Gord

    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.

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