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"The Mayflower Madam"
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Sydney Biddle Barrows (born January 14, 1952), known as the Mayflower Madam, was an American madam. After her escort service was exposed and disbanded, she gained worldwide notoriety, in part because she was part of the upper-class Biddle family of Philadelphia and is a Mayflower descendant. During her years as a madam, she used the alias Sheila Devin. She is related to the Drexel banking family of Philadelphia.
After graduating from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, followed by a short career in the fashion industry, she was introduced to the world of high-class prostitution and started her own escort service named Cachet, which existed in New York City from 1979 to 1984. Unlike other escort agencies, Cachet offered an unparalleled service at the time, focusing on delivering a classy and elegant experience to the wealthy and powerful who either visited or lived in New York City. Some of its clients included industrialists, high-powered business executives and lawyers, foreign diplomats and Arabian oil sheiks.
In October 1984, her escort service was shut down and she was charged with promoting prostitution by the New York City District Attorney's Office. After her guilty plea, she published a best-selling autobiography, "Mayflower Madam", which later became a television movie of the same name starring Candice Bergen. She has written two subsequent books on modern sexual etiquette.