Jody Gibson

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Jody Gibson (nicknamed "Babydol") is a former madam, known in the media as the "Hollywood Super Madam". She was convicted in 2000, and she subsequently wrote a book about her experiences.

Going by the pseudonym "Sasha", Gibson operated an escort agency out of Hollywood.[1] At her peak, she employed as many as 34 women in 16 of the United States and in Europe, with more than 1,000 clients. In June 1999, Gibson was arrested on charges of prostitution. She was convicted in 2000, and she subsequently served 22 months in Chowchilla Prison.[2]

Biography[edit]

Gibson was raised in the affluent Westchester County, New York to a show business family.[3] Her father was a 1940's CBS radio vocalist who later owned a chain of high-end clothing boutiques. Her mother, Tobe Gibson, was a personal talent manager who discovered Tom Cruise as an unknown actor; her sister Amy Gibson was an Emmy-nominated actress; her aunt, Georgia Gibbs, was a recording artist with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[3] It was her aunt's success that inspired Jody to pursue a recording career. Upon high school graduation, Jody left Westchester and relocated to Manhattan, where she lived on the Upper East Side for several years.

She then headed for Los Angeles to pursue a music and modeling career. For two years, she was an occasional guest star on the USA Network's "Up All Night with Rhonda Shear".[3]

Prostitution career[edit]

On June 8, 1999, Gibson was arrested in a sting operation in West Los Angeles and charged with pimping and pandering. At the time of her arrest, police said that Gibson "ran one of the largest operations since Heidi Fleiss" and that she employed as many as 300 of the most gorgeous girls.[4] Her capture, after a seven year sting in 2000, led to her conviction of running one of the largest escort empires with over 300 girls.

The fascinating twist to the Babydol story is that she began as a recording artist with ambitions to perform music videos on MTV. Her aunt Georgia Gibbs was a gold record singer with a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame, and this influence inspired Jody to pursue her musical ambitions. With her talent manager mother, the most natural thing for Jody to do was open her own modeling agency as she had worked with her mother as an agent.

As her best selling book describes, the merging from legit Modeling Agent to Matchmaker to JodyBabydol - keeping those two lives completely separate was paramount and tumultuous. ‘Babydol’ was weaving in and out of record deals while ‘Sasha’ was running her empire; evading the watchful eye of law enforcement, until her capture in 2000. The rest is history, see: http://www.babydol.com/home.html . The release of her controversial book "Secrets of a Hollywood Super Madam" chronicles her fascinating journey, the celebrity clients, 007 experiences evading law enforcement, her hellacious experience through the most severe prison in the state of California and, most importantly, her ability to survive it all. Gibson's infamous Black Book was featured in her best selling autobiography "Secrets of A Hollywood Super Madam", and it was entered as evidence at her 2000 trial. It listed Bruce Willis, Tommy Lasorda, musician Steve Jones, film producers Don Simpson and Stephen Roth, and former Texas lieutenant governor Ben Barnes among her clients. Barnes, Lasorda and Roth were among those who denied having been clients of Gibson's.[5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hall, Sarah (2007-02-27). "Affleck, Willis on Ex-Madam's Client List". E! Online. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ Martindale, Stone (2007-02-27). "Madam 'Babydol' book of 'tricks' revealed". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Ressner, Jeffrey (October 1999). "What ever happened to Babydol?". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  4. ^ Lait, Matt (1999-06-11). "Alleged Leader of Global Call Girl Ring Arrested". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bruce Willis named in madam's 'black book'". Daily Mail. 2007-03-03. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  6. ^ "Ex-Hollywood Madam Names Celeb Clients". The Big Story. Fox News. March 1, 2007. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  7. ^ Zeller, Tom Jr. (2007-02-27). "The Downside of Using the Best: A SuperMadam Tells All". The New York Times, The Lede news blog. 

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