James Lipton Really Was a Pimp in Paris

James Lipton is his own variety of renaissance man. He's a teacher, writer, and is best known as the wry host of Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio. You can also see him in an episode of the fourth season of Arrested Development. Then there was that time when he lived in Paris and worked as a pimp. Yes. You heard that right: PIMP.

In an interview in the latest issue of Parade magazine, Lipton put it all out on the table. During the '50s, while living in Paris, he was involved in the prostitution scene. He was just doing what he needed to so that he could make some money. 

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

Apparently, his life in the world of French prostitution was not like those tragic souls in Les Miserables. He claims it wasn't seedy and that the women were beautiful, young, extraordinary, and were "inspected medically" every week. The life of a pimp proved to be economically effective for him because he said he made enough money to live for a year and said "It was a great year of my life." I guess pimpin' is easy — at least for James Lipton it is.

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