Prostitutes enabled the famous men listed on these pages to spend their
valuable time achieving instead of courting, and provided incentives,
inspiration, and rewards for their great accomplishments.
Mankind's best and brightest have always enjoyed the company of prostitutes.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
French author of Les Miserables & The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
After his wife gave up trying to satisfy his ravenous libido, Victor
Marie Hugo embarked on a lifelong sex spree with hundreds
of partners. Among them were prostitutes, courtesans, and mistresses. He
remained active right up to his death at age 83.
John Barrymore (1882-1942)
American star of stage and screen.
When John Barrymore traveled to India in search of enlightenment, he found it at a
brothel in Calcutta. There, expert prostitutes spent a month indoctrinating him in the
delights of the Kama Sutra. He loved it, and subsequently rented a whole brothel
in Madras for a week.
George Gershwin (1898-1937)
American composer of Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue.
Already successful and popular by his early twenties, George Gershwin had
no trouble attracting willing women; they flocked to him. Yet still he wanted more,
so he cheerfully visited brothels. Gershwin felt that sex inspired his compositions,
and he once considered keeping a mistress--until he learned how expensive it would be.
Napoleon I (1769-1821)
First emperor of France, military genius, and reformer.
Of his dozens of mistresses, Napoleon Bonaparte's favorite was
the Polish countess Marie Walewska--who heroically gave herself to him in hopes
that he would help her homeland gain independence. Napoleon's right-hand-man
Geraud Duroc also regularly procured women for the emperor's overnight
relationships. Bonaparte himself stated that his first sexual encounter at the age of
18 was with a Parisian streetwalker.
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
American author of A Farewell to Arms, and Nobel prize winner.
In Michigan and Havana, Ernest Miller Hemingway enjoyed the services of prostitutes who
he gave colorful nicknames like Xenophobia and Leopoldina. They became
the basis for characters in his stories, and were his true friends. Indeed, Hemingway
was the only mourner at Leopoldina's funeral, for which he paid the expenses.
Diego Rivera (1886-1957)
As a boy, Diego Rivera "hung out" with the prostitutes
in his hometown of Guanajuato. They treated him as a
mascot, and he never forgot their kindness. Thanks to his many later experiences with
prostitutes, Rivera was a skilled lover by the time he traveled to Spain at age 21.
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