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List of Famous Sex Workers

List of famous sex workers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top sex workers in the world? This includes the most prominent sex workers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable sex workers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic sex workers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned sex workers.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known sex workers to the lesser known sex workers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the sex worker field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous sex workers ever?" and "What are the names of famous sex workers?" then you're in the right place. (45 items)

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    Jean Genet was a French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but later took to writing. His major works include the novels Querelle of Brest, The Thief's Journal, and Our Lady of the Flowers, and the plays The Balcony, The ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 76 (1910-1986)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Essayist, Writer, Social activist + 1 more
    • Credits: Querelle, The Maids, Poison, The Balcony, A Song of Love + 4 more
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    Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" MacLeod, better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Frisian exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy and executed by firing squad in France under charges of espionage for Germany during World War I. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 41 (1876-1917)
    • Birthplace: Leeuwarden, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Exotic dancer, Sex worker, Spy
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    Barbara Lee Payton was an American film actress best known for her stormy social life and eventual battles with alcohol and drug addiction. Her life has been the subject of several books including Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story, by John O'Dowd, L.A. Despair: A Landscape of Crimes and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 40 (1927-1967)
    • Birthplace: Cloquet, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Pin-up girl, Actor
    • Credits: Bride of the Gorilla, 4 for Texas, Four Sided Triangle, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, Only the Valiant + 7 more
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    Aspasia was an influential immigrant to Athens who was the lover and partner of the statesman Pericles. The couple had a son Pericles the Young, but the full details of the couple's marital status are unknown. According to Plutarch, her house became an intellectual centre in Athens, attracting the most ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 70 (469 BC-399 BC)
    • Birthplace: Miletus, Turkey
    • Profession: Sex worker
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    Georgina Beyer is a New Zealand politician and former Labour Party Member of Parliament. She was the world's first openly transsexual mayor, as well as the world's first openly transsexual Member of Parliament. She is also among a very small number of former sex workers to hold political office. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
    • Profession: Politician, Radio personality, Actor
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    Nina Arsenault is a Canadian performance artist, freelance writer, and former sex trade worker who works in theatre, dance, video, photography and visual art. Her works have been called profoundly moving, absolutely unforgettable, brutally honest, a spiritual gift and as stunning as they are ruthless. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Beamsville, Canada
    • Profession: Columnist, Actor, Sex worker, Writer
    • Credits: I'm Yours
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    Valeria Messalina, sometimes spelled Messallina, was the third wife of the Roman Emperor Claudius. She was also a paternal cousin of the Emperor Nero, second cousin of the Emperor Caligula, and great-grandniece of the Emperor Augustus. A powerful and influential woman with a reputation for promiscuity, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Sex worker
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    Sheila Vogel-Coupe

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    Sheila Vogel-Coupe is the oldest prostitute in the United Kingdom. Some 2014 reports stated that as she was 85 at the time, she could be the oldest prostitute in the world. As of May 2014, she was still entertaining up to ten clients per week at £250 an hour, and Channel 4 was planning to release a ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Prostitute
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    Theodora, was empress of the Byzantine Empire and the wife of Emperor Justinian I. She was one of the most influential and powerful of the Byzantine empresses. Some sources mention her as empress regnant with Justinian I as her co-regent. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 48 (500-548)
    • Birthplace: Famagusta, Cyprus
    • Profession: Sex worker
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    Eleanor "Nell" Gwyn was a long-time mistress of King Charles II of England and Scotland. Called "pretty, witty Nell" by Samuel Pepys, she has been regarded as a living embodiment of the spirit of Restoration England and has come to be considered a folk heroine, with a story echoing the rags-to-royalty ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 37 (1650-1687)
    • Birthplace: Hereford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Actor, Sex worker, Prostitution
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    Annie M. Sprinkle is an American sex educator, former prostitute, feminist stripper, pornographic actress, cable television host, porn magazine editor, writer and sex film producer. She received a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 1986 and earned a doctorate in human sexuality from ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Pornographic actor, Magazine editor, Stripper, Sex Educator, Television Show Host + 3 more
    • Credits: My Father Is Coming, Mommy Is Coming, Annie, My Sexuality Is An Art Creation, Satan Was a Lady + 6 more
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    Gerda Munsinger

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    Gerda Munsinger was an East German prostitute and alleged Soviet spy. She emigrated to Canada in 1955. Munsinger was the central protagonist of the Munsinger Affair, the first national political sex scandal in Canada, and was dubbed "the Mata Hari of the Cold War" because of her involvement with several ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 69 (1929-1998)
    • Birthplace: German Democratic Republic
    • Profession: Sex worker
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    Air Force Amy is a legal prostitute in Nevada, pornographic actress, and adult model, who appeared in the HBO television documentary series Cathouse: The Series. MSNBC has called her "a living legend in the world of sex." more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Pornographic actor
    • Credits: Cathouse: The Series, Cathouse
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    Phryne was a famous hetaira of Ancient Greece. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Thespiae, Greece
    • Profession: Sex worker
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    Valerie Jean Solanas was an American radical feminist writer who is best known for the SCUM Manifesto, as well as the attempted murder of artist Andy Warhol. She was born in New Jersey and as a teenager had a volatile relationship with her mother and stepfather after her parents' divorce. As a ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 52 (1936-1988)
    • Birthplace: Ventnor City, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Sex worker, Writer
    • Credits: I, a Man
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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Pornographic actor, Sex worker, Presenter
    • Credits: Babestation, Live XXX TV
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    Xaviera Hollander is a former call girl, madam, and memoirist. She came to be best known for her best-selling memoir The Happy Hooker: My Own Story. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Surabaya, Indonesia
    • Profession: Sex worker, Writer
    • Credits: The Happy Hooker, The Life and Times of Xaviera Hollander
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    Mary Jane Kelly, also known as Marie Jeanette Kelly, "Fair Emma", "Ginger" and "Black Mary", is widely believed to be the final victim of the notorious unidentified serial killer Jack the Ripper, who killed and mutilated several women in the Whitechapel area of London from late August to early November ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 25 (1863-1888)
    • Profession: Sex worker
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    Madame de Pompadour

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    Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, also known as Madame de Pompadour, was a member of the French court and was the official chief mistress of Louis XV from 1745 to her death. She was trained from childhood to be a mistress, and learned her trade well. She took charge of the king’s ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 43 (1721-1764)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Sex worker
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    Mary Ann Nichols

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    Mary Ann "Polly" Nichols was one of the Whitechapel murder victims. Her death has been attributed to the notorious unidentified serial killer Jack the Ripper, who is believed to have killed and mutilated at least five women in the Whitechapel area of London from late August to early November 1888. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 43 (1845-1888)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Sex worker
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