Famous Female Courtesans

List of famous female courtesans, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female courtesans list contains the most prominent and top females known for being courtesans. There are thousand of females working as courtesans in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic courtesans have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a courtesan then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list below has a variety of people, like Harriette Wilson and Dorothy Jordan, in it.

While this isn't a list of all female courtesans, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female courtesans?" and "Who are the best female courtesans?"

  • Lola Montez
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    • Age: Dec. at 39 (1821-1861)
    • Birthplace: Grange, County Sligo, Republic of Ireland
  • Harriette Wilson
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    • Age: Dec. at 59 (1786-1845)
    • Birthplace: Mayfair, London, London, England
  • Veronica Franco
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    • Age: Dec. at 45 (1546-1591)
    • Birthplace: Venice, Scorzè, Italy
  • Liane de Pougy
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    • Age: Dec. at 81 (1869-1950)
    • Birthplace: La Flèche, France