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Valerie Perrine sought the lead role of Xaviera Hollander however the United Artists movie studio felt Perrine should not do this movie as it would distract attention away from her performance in Lenny (1974) which could get her an Academy Award nomination. Perrine did get Oscar nominated as Best Actress in a Leading Role for Lenny (1974).
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The Walt Disney Co. filed a lawsuit (31st January 1975) to have its "Mickey Mouse Club" song removed from the soundtrack, as it was being played during an orgy scene.
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Ann-Margret turned down the role of Xaviera Hollander in this picture.
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Sally Kellerman was offered the part of Xaviera Hollander but was committed to a night club act on tour.
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When Lynn Redgrave was offered the part of Xaviera Hollander she started work on this picture three days later.
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Lynn Redgrave once said of this movie: "This won't be a pornographic film. Naturally I wouldn't do one of those. It's being done by responsible, reputable people. And my husband (and manager) John Clark thought it was a fantastic opportunity."
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On sex and nudity in this movie, Lynn Redgrave once said: "But there is no complete nudity in the film. It was suggested, but I wouldn't go for that. The sex scenes are simulated."
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Lynn Redgrave does not play Xaviera Hollander (The Happy Hooker) in either of this movie's sequels, The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington (1977) and The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980).
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Despite playing the lead role in My Pleasure Is My Business (1975), Xaviera Hollander did not play herself in the lead role in this movie.
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Lynn Redgrave wasn't the first choice to play Xaviera Hollander. This was because she was working full-time on a Broadway play "My Fat Friend" during much of 1974. Redgrave actually worked concurrently on both this movie and the play at the same time. Redgrave once said: "I go on with the movie usually until the absolute last possible minute and usually go right from the set to the theater. And both parts are non-stop."
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The French lover character of Yves St. Jacques (played by Jean-Pierre Aumont) was originally intended to be a wealthy Englishman playboy called Evelyn. But this was changed when Craig Stevens pulled-out of the picture.
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Lynn Redgrave and Jean-Pierre Aumont star in lead roles in this movie. Prior to filming, they had met whilst both serving as judges at the 1972 Miss Universe contest in Athens, Greece.
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Craig Stevens was originally cast as the wealthy English playboy character Evelyn (which became a Frenchman) but withdrew from the role when his wife Alexis Smith objected to playing a madam in this movie.
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Prior to Lynn Redgrave playing Xaviera Hollander in this movie, Redgrave did have one previous notable character with erotic overtones. Redgrave had been Georgy in Georgy Girl (1966), her character billed on one of the movie posters as "The wildest thing to hit the world since the mini-skirt!".
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Theatrical feature debut for television director Nicholas Sgarro.
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Whilst shooting this picture, lead actress Lynn Redgrave was also performing in the play "My Fat Friend" on Broadway. Redgrave once said of this double-act: "This is an exhausting schedule. But you don't think about that when you're doing something exciting."
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Xaviera Hollander's memoir that this movie is based on, "The Happy Hooker: My Own Story", was published in 1971. This movie was filmed about four years after it was released.
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A documentary called Xaviera Hollander, the Happy Hooker: Portrait of a Sexual Revolutionary (2008) was released in 2008.
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Ursula Andress was once touted to play Xaviera Hollander in this movie.
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This movie is the only ever theatrical feature directing credit for TV director Nicholas Sgarro.
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