The Happy Hooker

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The Happy Hooker: My Own Story is a best-selling memoir by Xaviera Hollander, a call girl, published in 1971.[1][2] It sold over 20 million[3] copies. Robin Moore, who took Hollander's dictations of the book's contents, came up with the title, while Yvonne Dunleavy either transcribed the book[4] or ghostwrote it.[5][6]


Hollander's book inspired a series of movies, starting with The Happy Hooker (1975), which starred Lynn Redgrave.[7] The film was followed by two sequels: The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington (1977)[8] and The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980).[9] In the sequels the role of Hollander was played by Joey Heatherton and Martine Beswick respectively.[7]


  1. ^ "The Happy Hooker on being happy ever after". independent. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  2. ^ "As as sex worker I wanted to write a novel that shows the truth about prostitution". 2021-07-12. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  3. ^ The Philadelphia Inquirer on The Happy Hooker: "He said he found it fascinating that her book, which has sold 20 million copies to date, is still being picked up today." (26 June 2008)
  4. ^ Hollander, Xaviera (1971). The Happy Hooker: My Own Story. Sphere Books. ISBN 0-06-001416-4.
  5. ^ John Cassidy, "The hell-raiser", Sydney Morning Herald, 9 December 2000, Good Weekend, p. 80
  6. ^ "'Happy Hooker' Gives her take on Feminism, Sexuality". Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  7. ^ a b "The Happy Hooker Details". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-03-31.
  8. ^ "THE HAPPY HOOKER GOES TO WASHINGTON | British Board of Film Classification". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  9. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:..The Happy Hooker Goes to Hollywood