“Inside the Actors Studio” host James Lipton has gotten some candid interviews over the years on his show. But now it is his turn for the candid interview, in the new issue of Parade, where he talks about everything from the one interview he always wanted and didn’t get to his time working as a pimp in France.
Who did you most want on the show who turned you down?
“Marlon Brando. He was reclusive in the last years of his life. He said, ‘I’m never going to do your show. The [Actors] Studio’s always taking credit for me. I was trained by Stella Adler.’ I said, ‘So was I. Come on. We’ll talk about Stella.’ I’ve had a pretty good roster of guests without Marlon.”
Is it true you were a pimp in Paris in the 1950s?
“I was. It was only a few years after the war. Paris was different then, still poor. Men couldn’t get jobs and, in the male chauvinist Paris of that time, the women couldn’t get work at all. It was perfectly respectable for them to go into le milieu … [a prostitute] arranged for me to do it. I had to be okayed by the underworld; otherwise they would’ve found me floating in the Seine.”
Did you represent more than one girl?
“Yes, a whole bordello. I represented them all, but her especially. I did a roaring business, and I was able to live for a year. The French mecs didn’t exploit women. They represented them, like agents. And they took a cut. That’s how I lived. I was going through my rites of passage, no question about it. It was a great year of my life.”
What is your greatest achievement?
“No question about it — marrying Kedakai” (pictured above with Lipton).
How did you meet your wife?
“We met at the ballet. I took one look at her and I fell madly in love. I called her the next day and asked her to have dinner with me. Nine months later we were married.”
Read the full interview at Parade and watch the 250th episode of “Inside the Actors Studio” Wednesday, May 29 at 7p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.