Sydney Biddle Barrows

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Sydney Biddle Barrows
Born (1952-01-14) January 14, 1952 (age 64)
Other names Sheila Devin
Mayflower Madam
Alma mater Fashion Institute of Technology
Occupation Madam, management consultant and writer
Spouse(s) Darnay Hoffman (1994–?)(divorced)[needs update]
Relatives Biddle family

Sydney Biddle Barrows (born January 14, 1952) is an American businesswoman who became known as an escort agency owner under the name Sheila Devin; she later became known as the 'Mayflower Madam'. She has since become a management consultant and writer.

In October 1984, her escort service had been disbanded, and after pleading guilty for promoting prostitution, Barrows wrote a 1986 autobiography, Mayflower Madam: The Secret Life of Sydney Biddle Barrows. A TV movie based on the book was broadcast in 1987, Mayflower Madam, starring Candice Bergen.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Barrows comes from the Biddle family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her father is Donald Byers Barrows, Jr. (born 1926) and mother is Jeannette Ballantine.[1] She is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, located in New York City. After graduation, she worked in 1975 as an assistant to Alan Snyder, bath buyer for Abraham & Straus.[2] She was introduced to the world of high-class prostitution and started her own escort service named Cachet, which existed in New York City from 1979 to 1984. Some of its clients included industrialists, high-powered business executives and lawyers, foreign diplomats and Arabian oil sheiks.[citation needed]

In October 1984 her escort service was shut down, and she was charged with promoting prostitution by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. The name "Mayflower Madam" was coined by a New York Post reporter, Peter Fearon, who broke the story of her Mayflower connections. After her guilty plea, she published a best-selling[citation needed] autobiography, Mayflower Madam: The Secret Life of Sydney Biddle Barrows (1986). Barrows appeared in 1987 on the late-night television series Saturday Night Live, with a parody of her book; the sketch included Candice Bergen, who played the role in the 1987 made-for-TV movie Mayflower Madam. Barrows subsequently wrote two books on sexual etiquette.[citation needed]

In late 2008, Barrows finished Uncensored Sales Strategies: A Radical New Approach to Selling Your Customers What They Really Want - No Matter What Business You're In, co-authored with marketing expert Dan Kennedy. Since the mid-late 1990s, Barrows ran a consulting business with a focus on customer service and experience.[citation needed] She was divorced from the late Darnay Hoffman, a high-profile lawyer.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Haden-Guest, Anthony (December 10, 1984). "The Story of the Mayflower Madam". New York. pp. 36–43. 
  2. ^ “East Meets West as Buyers Shop Bath, Bed Show", Home Furnishings Daily, 21 May 1975, p 25.
  3. ^ Harris, Elizabeth E. (12 May 2011). "Darnay Hoffman Dies at 63; Lawyer With Notorious Clients". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 

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