Reading into family trees is very interesting and sometimes you wonder about those connections and how they pop up over and over. That circle of names…
Like the Happy Hooker for example, she loves to love…still so pretty. She had a broken engagement…
Hollander was born Vera de Vries in Soerabaja, Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), to a Dutch Jewish father, a doctor, and a mother who was of French and German descent. She spent the first three years of her life in a Japanese internment camp.
In her early 20s, she left Amsterdam for Johannesburg, South Africa, where her stepsister lived. There she met and became engaged to John Weber, an American economist. When the engagement was broken off, she left South Africa for New York.
In 1968, she left her job as the secretary of the Dutch consulate in Manhattan to become a call girl, where she made $1,000 a night. A year later she opened her own brothel called the Vertical Whorehouse and soon became New York City‘s leading madam. In 1971, she was arrested for prostitution by New York police and was forced to leave the United States.
In 1971 Hollander published a memoir, The Happy Hooker: My Own Story, Robin Moore co authored with her on this book and came up with the catchy title Happy Hooker while Yvonne Dunleavy wrote the book. The book was notable for its frankness by the standards of the time, and is considered a landmark of positive writing about sex. Hollander details in the book her life as a liberal and open-minded girl. She states that during the start of her career she did not ask for cash in exchange for sex, but her partners voluntarily gave her money and other presents.
Hollander has since written a number of other books and produced plays in Amsterdam. Her latest book, Child No More, is the heartfelt story of losing her mother. For 35 years, she wrote an advice column for Penthouse magazine called Call Me Madam. For several years in the 1970s, Hollander lived in Toronto, where she married a Canadian antique dealer and was a regular fixture in the downtown core. Again from above:
There she met and became engaged to John Weber, an American economist. When the engagement was broken off, she left South Africa for New York.
Weber. Interesting name. Means weaver, like an old post I did on weaving change. Anyway, we go on from there.
|Born||Vera de Vries
(1943-06-15) June 15, 1943 (age 69)
Soerabaja, Dutch East Indies
The Phillips, Weber, Kirk, & Staggs families of the Pacific Northwest. BARONY OF LOVEL
In 1366 Thomas Fraser, a descendant of Sir Alexander Fraser of Cornton brother of Sir Richard Fraser of Touch-Fraser, exchanged the lands in Petyndreich, Stirlingshire for those of Kinmundy, Aberdeenshire. His grandson Thomas exchanged the estate of Cornton for Stonywood and Muchalls in Aberdeenshire. It was presumably Thomas who erected the towerhouse stronghold overlooking the North Sea, which is now known as Muchalls Castle, having undergone expansion by the Burnetts of Leys in 1617. His descendant, Andrew Fraser, who was created Lord Fraser in 1633, completed Castle Fraser in 1636. The title became dormant following the premature death in 1716 of Charles, 4th Lord Fraser, a Jacobite who, while trying to escape from Government troops, fell over the cliffs at Pennan, near Peterhead. Castle Fraser, near Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, has been under the care of the National Trust for Scotland since 1976.