James Lipton has had a lot of jobs over the years: writer, composer, actor, producer, teacher, and (most famously) host of the Bravo series “Inside the Actors Studio.” One line on his resume that doesn’t get mentioned very often? Pimp.
In a new interview with Parade magazine, Lipton, 86, opens up about his time working on the prostitution scene in Paris in the 1950s. Speaking about that period of his life, he says he was simply doing what he had to do to make ends meet.
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“It was only a few years after the war. Paris was different then, still poor,” he explains. “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.”
Indeed, the Arrested Development actor insists it wasn’t a seedy situation. “[The women] were beautiful and young and extraordinary,” he tells Parade, adding that they were “inspected medically” every week.