Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Real Life Madam From Best Little Whorehouse Dies

Do you remember the movie titled, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton? Well, you probably know it was a
Broadway show too, right? But did you know it was a true story? Ahhh, well it was and the real life Madam of the Chicken Ranch, Edna Milton Chadwell, has died at 88 years of age. She was the last madam of the infamous brothel that would spark the interests of Hollywood and Broadway.

According to reports:
Chadwell was born in Caddo County, Okla. in 1928. The Dust Bowl and the Great
Depression forced the family, which included 11 children, to move frequently
between Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona.

In 1952, Chadwell found her way to La Grange where she tried out at the
Chicken Ranch. Nine years later, she bought it for $30,000 after the previous
owner, Miss Jessie Williams, died.

For the next 12 years, the ranch was the worst kept secret in La Grange.
In 1973, acting on a tip, Zindler aired an expose that lead to the brothel's

The Texas report also stated that Chadwell hated the movie and said it was a

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