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British Call Girl 'Belle du Jour' is...Jewish?

The recently outed British call girl -- a.k.a. Belle du Jour -- credits her Jewish background as the reason she entered prostitution to avoid debt.

By: Culture Staff

Published: November 23rd, 2009 in Culture » TV » News

British Call Girl 'Belle du Jour' is...Jewish?

Brooke Magnanti, the British cancer researcher who recently admitted she was the mysterious “Belle du Jour” – a high-priced call girl who spun her notoriety into a blog, book, and a prime-time television series – has credited her Jewish background as the reason she was so eager to get out of debt.

“I have a pathological aversion to being in debt,” she said in a newspaper interview. “My mother’s family are Jewish there's this hoarding thing, saving, being prepared – if you're in debt, somebody could come and knock on your door and take it all away tomorrow.”


Magnanti became a call girl in 2003 when faced with her mounting bills as a PhD student. She started an anonymous blog about her experiences, which led to a lucrative book deal and a hit 2007 TV series starring Billie Piper, called “Secret Diary of a Call Girl.”

Currently, Magnanti, 34, works as a cancer research scientist at a hospital in Bristol, western England.

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