- NAME: Sydney Biddle Barrows
- OCCUPATION: Criminal, Writer
- BIRTH DATE: January 14, 1952 (Age: 62)
- EDUCATION: Rumson Country Day School, Stoneleigh-Burnham, Fashion Institute of Technology
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Hopewell, New Jersey
- AKA: Sheila Devin
- Nickname: "Mayflower Madam"
- Full Name: Sydney Biddle Barrows
- AKA: Sydney Barrows
- ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn
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Sydney Biddle Barrows is famous for running a high-class escort service in the 1980s.
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Barrows remains one of the most infamous madams in American history. Despite operating an extensive organized crime ring, she remains widely revered as a folk hero, as evidenced by the enormous mainstream popularity of her books. Barrows herself says that she is nothing but proud of her career in the prostitution industry. She said, "I was in the make-people-happy business, you know? You have no idea how grateful these men were that I had the kind of business they could call up and get a nice,
well-educated, lovely, pretty girl to come over and spend time with them in a way that made them feel safe. They were thrilled. I can't tell you how many times they would call and say, 'I can't imagine ever doing business with anyone else ever. You guys are great.' ... And that was a really good feeling. I don't get that from what I do now. I get other things from what I do, but that was very special."
Barrows married a attorney and television producer Darnay Hoffman in 1994. The couple never had children, and later divorced. Hoffman died on May 2, 2011, from a self-inflicted stab wound; his death was ruled a suicide.
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