The host of America's long-running TV talk show Inside The Actors Studio has opened up about his experiences as a pimp in Paris, revealing he had to get the OK to sell sex from France's toughest mobsters. Actors Studio dean James Lipton, who has interviewed the biggest movie stars in the world, represented prostitutes in Paris as a way of earning cash while he lived in the city after World War Two.
He tells Parade.com, "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 (organised crime)."
Lipton insists prostitution was quite a respectable profession with strict guidelines and health schemes in place.
He adds, "Young women desperately needed money for various reasons. They were beautiful and young and extraordinary. There was no opprobrium because it was completely regulated. Every week they had to be inspected medically. The great bordellos were still flourishing in those days before the sheriff of Paris, a woman, closed them down."
At the height of his pimping, Lipton ran a whole bordello: "I represented them all... I did a roaring business, and I was able to live for a year. That's how I lived. I was going through my rites of passage, no question about it. It was a great year of my life."
And he reveals he was introduced to the oldest profession by a hooker pal, who suggested he take on a management role for her and her friends as a way of earning extra cash.
He recalls, "When I ran out of money, I said, 'I have to go home'. She said, 'No, you don't. I'll arrange for you'. So, she arranged for me to do it. I had to be OK'd by the underworld; otherwise they would've found me floating in the (River) Seine."
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But if you're still wondering who these guys are and how they got here, you can watch with the rest of America's teenage girls on July 14 when Nickelodeon will televise an hour-long concert special about the perfectly coiffed teens and their sudden rise to fame.
The behind-the-scenes show airs at 8pm EST. But if you can't wait that long, here's an early look at what you can expect to see.
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The men and women work on a fisherman's boat in the middle of the ocean, encountering 20 foot walls of water. In the end, one of the contestants decides to quit her job and move to Alaska, where she is currently working in Denali National Park.
Episode 2. Episode 102
(AIR DATE 09/01/2008)
Twelve contestants go through extensive training, and then load vital equipment and supplies on trucks and attempt to operate 18-wheelers, above the Arctic Circle.
Episode 3. Episode 103
(AIR DATE 09/08/2008)
The 11 remaining contestants search for gold in Alaska. After weighing in, the contender with the least amount of gold is sent home.
Episode 4. Episode 104
(AIR DATE 09/15/2008)
The 10 remaining contestants take on monster trucking. Complete with instructors, designers and operators of these magnificent vehicles, the contestants get their chance behind the wheel.
Episode 5. Episode 105
(AIR DATE 09/19/2008)
The nine remaining contestants work on an oil-rig in Midland, Texas. In addition to working in the hot Texas sun, the back-breaking work of carrying pipes, changing drill bits, hauling water and drilling mud all add to the difficulty of the competition. In the end, the boss sends one contender home packing.
Episode 6. Episode 106
(AIR DATE 09/26/2008)
The eight remaining contestants travel to Saint Angelo, Texas to become professional bullfighters.
Episode 7. Episode 107
(AIR DATE 10/03/2008)
The seven remaining contestants perform maintenance tasks on the Vincent Thomas Bridge. The competitor who does not overcome their fear of heights will be sent home packing.
Episode 8. Episode 108
(AIR DATE 10/10/2008)
The 10 remaining contestants are in Port Angeles in the mountains. The competitors will be cutting and loading logs onto waiting trucks. The heavy machinery adds an even higher level of danger to this already deadly task. In the end one contestant is sent home.
Episode 9. Episode 109
(AIR DATE 10/18/2008)
The five remaining contestants return to Alaska to conquer Mt. McKinley. They will learn mountaineering skills to overcome the rugged glaciated terrain. It will take teamwork, stamina and drive to complete a "real" mountain rescue. After extracting the victim from the crevasse, the team will splint the "broken" leg and transport the victim on a sled to the helicopter landing zone. The most dangerous peak in North America will defeat one contestant.
Episode 10. Episode 110
(AIR DATE 10/25/2008)
The finalists repeat three jobs: logging, oil rigging and crab fishing. The contestant to finish the course first and correctly, is the winner. In the end the winner is Ben Coleman.