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Novel Explores the Life of ‘The Last Madam’ at the Infamous Chicken Ranch Brothel

You’re probably familiar with the musical and the film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, based on the true story of the brothel known as the Chicken Ranch near La Grange, Texas — 100 miles west of Houston. The film starred Dolly Parton as the ranch’s madam, Mona Stangley. While that character is fictional, a […]

The Last Madam - Book Cover - Chicken RanchYou're probably familiar with the musical and the film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, based on the true story of the brothel known as the Chicken Ranch near La Grange, Texas — 100 miles west of Houston.

The film starred Dolly Parton as the ranch's madam, Mona Stangley. While that character is fictional, a new historical fiction novel tells the story of the real madam who ran the Chicken Ranch at the time of its closure in 1973. Her name was Edna Milton.

Michael Hagerty talked with Joy Jones, author of The Last Madam: A Legend of the Texas Chicken Ranch, to find out more about who Edna Milton was.

MORE:
The Last Madam: A Legend of the Texas Chicken Ranch (Novel by Joy Jones)
Last Madam of Infamous Chicken Ranch Has Died (Houston Chronicle, Feb. 29, 2012)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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