How a Nice Jewish Girl Became “The Best Goddamn Madam in All America”

Notorious for her connections with gangsters at the height of Prohibition, Polly Adler fought to become “the best goddamn madam in all America.” Historian Ann Millin tells the story:..

Polly went on to open a series of increasingly fancy brothels, culminating in a resort in Saratoga Springs, New York, where the rich and fashionable vacationed. The gangsters who frequented her bordellos only added to the excitement and glamour of “going to Polly’s” during the Prohibition era when so much of America’s nightlife was underground.

A House Is Not a Home by Polly Adler 

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