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. It sold over 20 million[1] 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[2] or ghostwrote it.[3]


Hollander's book inspired a series of movies, starting with The Happy Hooker (1975), which starred Lynn Redgrave.[4] The film was followed by two sequels: The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington (1977)[5] and The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980).[6] In the sequels the role of Hollander was played by Joey Heatherton and Martine Beswick respectively.[4]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Hollander, Xaviera (1971). The Happy Hooker: My Own Story. Sphere Books. ISBN 0-06-001416-4.
  3. ^ John Cassidy, "The hell-raiser", Sydney Morning Herald, 9 December 2000, Good Weekend, p. 80
  4. ^ a b "The Happy Hooker Details". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "THE HAPPY HOOKER GOES TO WASHINGTON | British Board of Film Classification". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  6. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:..The Happy Hooker Goes to Hollywood