Gold Coast madam to share pix
09/12/2012 10:00 PM
IN HER BOOK, GOLD COAST MADAM WHICH WILL BE PUBLISHED NOV. 1, former madam Rose Laws, told me she will share 50 pix of her “girls.” No names (earlier she had said she would reveal first names only) of the 1,000 prostitutes who flourished during her 30-year career providing pretty young flesh for the wealthy and powerful bankers, lawyers, politicians, sports stars and Hollywood celebs who paid $350 to $900 an hour for sex.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU WILL BE PICTURED? Dye your hair, get a facelift, change your hairstyle, leave town? Naw! These pix must be 10, 20 even 30 years old and after all, who looks that good anymore? Ruth was sentenced in 2003 to 22 months in jail so pix are at least nine years old.
SHORT OF BUYING UP ALL THE COPIES, there’s nothing any nervous ex-Laws employee can do. At a recent Gene & Georgetti’s restaurant party, Rose took orders for 350 books. Is this story hot? This poor little gal from the Tennessee mountains told me she sent it to 23 publishers before she found an interested editor. Sex sells, as proved by Fifty Shades of Grey.
ROSE’S TRUE STORY has all the elements needed for a great movie — an abused, raped heroine who becomes a beaten, frightened wife and mother of five who runs away from her husband in fear of her life. Her children go to an orphanage and she battles to get them back.
“I WAS SEXY,” SHE ADMITS. “I HAD RED HAIR AND WAS A 34 TRIPLE-D. MEN LIKED ME.” Now 77 and retired, living in Sarasota, Fla., Rose would love to see screen star Ann-Margret play her in a film about her notorious lifestyle.
A DEVOUT CATHOLIC, she credits her strong inner strength for helping her survive trying times and says “I thank God and I pray often.” Sadly, her five children are plagued with physical ailments “but we persevere.” A bright spot are her three grandkids.
IT TOOK LAWS THREE YEARS to write the 500-page book about her 30 years as a madam at 405 N. Wabash Ave., and in apartments on Dearborn and Illinois streets. She estimates she had 5,000 male clients, including “Republicans in pantyhose” and some “mayors who did drugs.”
(WOULD ANY OF THE PICTURED HOOKERS take Rose to court? Ha! Do you really believe anyone would come forward to admit “that’s me in this book and I’m going to sue!”)
“ONE OF MY GIRLS married a doctor,” Laws recalls, “and I wouldn’t run her photo.” But for others, November may be an embarrassing month.
Gossip, gossip, gossip
WHO ARE THE TWO BROKEN-HEARTED TEENS who located their biological father (who had divorced their mother when they were toddlers) and begged him to make them part of his life? The wealthy exec, now married with three kids of his own, denied their pleas although he vowed to continue his generous financial support.
ALLEGED EXTORTIONIST and aspiring actor Vivek Shah, charged with trying to get millions from movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, also allegedly targeted Chicagoan and Groupon cofounder Eric Lefkofsky. Shah is said to have threatened to kill their families if Weinstein, Eric and three other super-rich targets didn’t send millions to his off-shore bank account. His acting teacher is said to be Edward Dennis Fogell of Chicago. Shah had bit parts in The Dark Knight and Our Family Wedding.
CHARLIE TROTTER CLOSING HIS AMAZING RESTAURANT after 25 years has been the talk of the town, grateful for his major part in making Chicago a respected food mecca. Trotter is now free to pursue academic dreams, travel, or whatever with darling wife Rochelle Smith Trotter. Man does not live by bread alone. We share a photo of Rochelle and Charlie taken at Lyric Opera. We wish them much happiness and may Trotter’s dreams be realized after a lifetime of loving labor in the kitchen.
BEST COMMENT ON GOP SENATE CANDIDATE Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape … the female body can shut the whole thing down,” came from reader Leon Hoffman. “He thinks a woman’s body is like a self-cleaning oven!”
THOUSANDS OF WOMEN SHOWED UP all over town for the Fashion’s Night Out events, but did they really shop and buy or just hang around for the goodies and the socializing?
MITT ROMNEY AND BARACK OBAMA were almost forgotten as everyone babbled about their Drew Peterson opinions. Most favored the guilty verdict but wondered about the hearsay evidence. Would it ignite an otherwise difficult appeal?
OFF TO A HOLIDAY IN SCOTLAND are author Sherrill Bodine and manufacturing exec hubby John.
BLUES LEGEND BUDDY GUY shared stories of his musical life when he discussed his new autobiography, When I Left Home: My Story, with fans at the Harold Washington Library recently.
HARVARD RESEARCHERS have added important new data to reveal that apples are good for us: They provide rutin, which has potent anti-clotting powers that can help protect against heart attack and stroke. Detailed in the current Harvard magazine, professor Robert Flaumenhaft hailed the antioxidant rutin, also found in onions, buckwheat and tea.
SHE’S SAFE AND SHE DOESN’T NEED YOUR CASH! Deborah Chapman, former president of the Adventurers’ Club, has changed her email because it was hacked twice. And she wants you to know she is sorry if you got a disturbing message about her being attacked in Jakarta and in need of money. This active socialite is alive and well in Chicago.
HAIR STYLIST/SINGER/MUSICIAN EMORY JONES, a mainstay at Elizabeth Adams salon, has been getting rave reviews for his work with The Sanctuary, a group of six songbirds. Music production is his forte and he met recently with songstress Lainie Kazan to plan an album with her. (We told Emory that my husband and I fell in love under Lainie’s ample bosoms when she sang at Mister Kelly’s years ago. There was one small table for two right near the mic where the stars performed and one magical night she was poised above us belting out her love songs, and the rest is history.)
WHEN STELLA FOSTER SAYS GOODBYE, it is a serious social event so the Cultural Center party for the exiting Sun-Times columnist brought out the A-list. After nine years following in the big footsteps of Irv Kupcinet, Stella had her own loyal crew. Among guests were Nina Mariano, Stedman Graham, Shauna Montgomery, Shelley MacArthur Farley, Diana Palomar, Sylvia Perez, Linda Yu, Leah Hope and dozens of radio and TV personalities, journalists, business execs and politicians.
A SPECTACULAR EVENING at the Art Institute is promised by the auxiliary board Sept. 28 with the cast of the Million Dollar Quartet and the preview of a sweeping survey of classic American musicians starting with the blues. On the committee: James Berger, the Jade Newburns, Steven Worth, the Charlie Krafts, the Matt Pettinellis, the Paul Lazarres, Victoria Malkin and Daven Ritter.
AKIRA’S 10TH FASHION SHOW will benefit five charities Sept. 23 at the Grossinger showroom, 1500 N. Dayton.
INNER CITY TEACHING CORPS’ impact dinner to recognize extraordinary urban school leadership is Sept. 19 at the Chicago Cut Steakhouse. The Alain Locke Initiative Board, founded by Pat Ryan Jr., has as dinner chair Pat Ryan Sr. of Aon. Call 312-216-1707 for more info. On the board are Greg Jones, Bryant Keil, Larry Levy, Jim O’Connor Jr., Joe Scoby and Brad Sullivan.
NO FOXES ARE INJURED at the annual Dunham Woods Riding Club opening meet and blessing of the hounds Sept. 30 where Cookie Cohen hosts a Stirrup Cup at her Wayne, Ill. home before the Hunt Breakfast at the club.
OUR CONDOLENCES to famed photographer Arthur Shay on the death of his beloved wife, Florence, 90. She was a force for education and the power and joy of books at her Titles bookstore in Highland Park. She dispensed advice, wisdom and warmth besides an amazing knowledge of the books she loved. Also surviving are sons Richard and Steven and daughters Jane and Lauren.
WAR WAS OUTLAWED Aug. 27, 1928 at the Kellogg-Briand Treaty signed in Paris. What happened?
YOU ARE INVITED INTO THE COUNTRY HOUSES of Louisville circa 1899-1939, when authors Winfrey Blackburn and R. Scott Gill discuss them at the English-Speaking Union luncheon Sept. 12 at the Casino, followed by a luncheon with southern charm. Pauline Sheehan is chair. Call 312-772-3782 for more info.
HAVE YOU EVER DREAMED of meeting the movie star/entertainer you adore and finding love or sex or a memorable night never to be forgotten? Jill Robi did and this Columbia College graduate has written an intense, sexy, gritty “fictionalized non-fiction” book, Fangirl. It is her real/imagined experience at a comic-con convention meeting her longtime hero. And wow! She has a super “what if?” novel. Pretty Jill is single, an artist, and a geek, looking for Mr. Right but ready to settle for Mr. Decent. The feedback on this “crush” scenario is positive. Jill, 26, is a business development exec for In The Paint Basketball (ITPHOOPS.com.) She has been part of fandoms such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Lord of the Rings, etc. since the age of 16 when she started writing fan fic essays and attending comic-con conventions. Jill’s mom, Diane, shared her love of books with her daughter “and taught me not to settle for less.”
WHO IS THE STUNNING LOCAL AUTHOR who was very nervous going to meet a high-level movie producer because she hoped to have her book made into a flick? Everyone warned her about “the casting couch” and that he would try to seduce her. When the day came she wore pants (not easy to rip off) and a wide belt … was she disappointed! “He didn’t even have a couch in his office,” she marveled.
FATHERS RIGHTS ATTORNEY Jeffery Leving and Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko chatted at batting practice before a recent game where the Sox were victorious. Leving has an enviable record of wins as well, in battles for rights of divorced dads, here and all over the world.
“WHO WERE THE JUDGES AND CRITICS? I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THEM, ‘WHAT EXACTLY IS IT THAT YOU PERSONALLY FIND NOT SEXY ABOUT ME? IS IT MY FIGURE? IS IT MY BRAIN THAT BOTHERS YOU?’” —SARAH JESSICA PARKER, NAMED UNSEXIEST WOMAN ALIVE BY MAXIM MAGAZINE
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