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Brought to you in 1971 by NYC's
Xaviera Hollander: The Fairy Godmother of Great Sex!
Now a provocative
NEW MUSICAL comedy presented by InJoy
coming soon to the New York
First published in 1971, Xaviera Hollander’s
The Happy Hooker: My Own Story
(co-written with Robin Moore and
Yvonne Dunleavy) has, according to
Wikipedia, now sold over 20 million copies, placing
it 55th in their
list of best-selling books of all time (somewhere
between The Very Hungry Caterpillar and
It has been translated into 15 languages and has never
been out of print.
A frank and informative account of Xaviera’s
years as the most influential madam in New York, it has
been hailed as the most important book of its era on the
subject of sex, along with Germaine Greer’s
The Female Eunuch.
Its delightfully explicit accounts of the swinger
scenes of the late
introduced its readership to jaw-dropping stories of
lesbianism, bondage, fetishism and more, with a mix of
shrewd observation and uninhibited appetite that makes
its author an irrepressible storyteller.
Several sequels were to follow, including Xaviera!:
Her Continuing Adventures (1973), Xaviera Goes
Wild (1974) and The Happy Hooker’s
Guide To Mind-Blowing Sex (2008).
Xaviera also began writing an advice column in
Penthouse magazine in 1973, a career which was
to last for 35 years.
The Happy Hooker was adapted into a movie in 1975,
starring Lynn Redgrave in the title
role, followed by two sequels The Happy Hooker Goes
To Washington (1977) and The Happy Hooker Goes
Hollywood (1980) with Xaviera’s
role played by Joey Hetherton and
Martine Beswick respectively (the
latter in a cast which also included Phil
Silvers and Adam
Xaviera herself starred in the movie My
Pleasure Is My Business (1975) playing the
semi-autobiographical role of Gabriele, and played
herself in The Life And Times Of The Happy Hooker
(1974). In 2008 she appeared in a documentary about her
life, Xaviera Hollander, The Happy Hooker: Portrait
of a Sexual Revolutionary, directed by
Robert Dunlap and produced by John
Patti, which won Best Documentary prize at the
Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and the Melbourne
Underground Film Festival.
Xaviera herself has been a frequent guest on chat shows
all over the world, interviewed by such luminaries as
Larry King, Sally Jesse Raphael,
Selina Scott and RuPaul,
and made a celebrated appearance on the BBC’s
She lectures internationally, speaking six
different languages, on such diverse topics as
better understanding of human sexual relationships’,
The title The Happy Hooker has become a household name
even though Xaviera herself never liked the title coined
by co-author Robin Moore.
A search through Google shows that it has been
by a guide to crochet, a fishing store in Ohio and a
rugby trophy in Northern Ireland, among others! Even if
they do not recall the book itself, the title alone has
a high recognition factor with audiences all over the
Recently, Xaviera began a collaboration with long-time
colleague Warren Wills and his writing
partner Richard Hansom to turn her
story into a frank, funny and life-enhancing musical
which captures the vivacity of New York City between the
Summer of Love and the Watergate Scandal.