This Jewish Grandmother Knows a Trick or Two

This article was first published in The Times of Israel.

Sheila Vogel-Coupe took up escorting four years ago at age 81. (Courtesy)

Sheila Vogel-Coupe took up escorting four years ago at age 81. (Courtesy)

Most Jewish grandmothers’ tastes run to brisket, gefilte fish and kugel. Not Sheila Vogel-Coupe: Her appetite is for sex. Vogel-Coupe, 85, is believed to be Britain’s oldest working prostitute, or “escort,” as she prefers to be called.

The twice-widowed Vogel-Coupe, who became a sex worker four years ago at the age of 81, is featured in the television documentary, “My Granny the Escort,” which premiered on May 29 on Britian’s Channel 4. She appears in the film along with two other “mature escorts” over the age of 60. However, because of Vogel-Coupe’s extremely advanced age and her unapologetic defense of her chosen profession, she, in particular, has emerged as an object of fascination in the global media.

“I’m not ashamed to say I like sex,” she tells The Times of Israel by phone.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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