So it turns out that the blogger formerly know as Belle de Jour–Dr. Brooke Magnanti–is an American from Florida. Good luck to Billie Piper trying to do an American accent if another series is commissioned.
I’m sure Dr. Magnanti will try to find herself int he likes of other Americans in Britain like Caprice (from Hacienda Heights, CA–a 10 minute drive from my hometown), Kevin Spacey, and David Soul. Well if the British can export people like Anna Friel (who has since returned to the UK) and Hugh Laurie, I’m sure America will bring some of its people to stir the pop culture for years and years to come!
The thing I like (and sometimes dislike) about London is anonymity. Like any big city I’ve encountered, I’m just a face in the crowd. At least if something humiliating happens to me in a public place, I can just walk away–and maybe write a blog about it using a pen name.
But what happens when the pleasure of anonymity ends?
Well if you’re Belle de Jour, the party’s over. Now we can put a name to a pseudonym. Belle de Jour, the doctoral student known the world over for her anonymous blog of entering the world’s oldest profession and whoring her way to her degree, has been revealed to be none other than an obscure research scientist working in Bristol. Dr. Brooke Magnanti, the prostitute turned scientist, unmasked herself in The Sunday Times this week–and she doesn’t look like anywhere near close to Billie Piper’s portrayal in the ITV2 (Showtime in the U.S.) series, “Secret Diary of a Call Girl.”
I’ve enjoyed reading her blog in book form until my mother lost it somewhere in the house. I look forward to enjoying what will happen next to her writing now that she cannot hide her identity from the public…though I’m not sure if her years as a scientist will be anything interesting. I can imagine in the next series of “Secret Diary” if she has afterthoughts while doing research. Hmmmm….