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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Courtesans
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Marie Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert, Countess of Landsfeld, better known by the stage name Lola Montez, was an Irish dancer and actress who became famous as a "Spanish dancer", courtesan, mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, who made her Countess of Landsfeld. She used her influence to institute ...more

Age: Died at 40 (1821-1861)

Birthplace: Grange, County Sligo, Republic of Ireland

Profession: Stage Dancer, Actor, Courtesan

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Harriette Wilson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Courtesans
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Harriette Wilson was a celebrated British Regency courtesan, whose clients included the Prince of Wales, the Lord Chancellor and four future Prime Ministers. ...more

Age: Died at 59 (1786-1845)

Birthplace: Mayfair, London, London, England

Profession: Poet, Memoirist, Courtesan

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Veronica Franco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Courtesans
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Veronica Franco was an Italian poet and courtesan in 16th-century Venice. ...more

Age: Died at 45 (1546-1591)

Birthplace: Veneto, Eurasia, Province of Venice, Italy, Venice, + more

Profession: Courtesan

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Liane de Pougy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Courtesans
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Liane de Pougy


Liane de Pougy, was a Folies Bergère dancer renowned as one of Paris's most beautiful and notorious courtesans. ...more

Age: Died at 81 (1869-1950)

Birthplace: La Flèche, France

Profession: Writer, Courtesan