*The ex-prostitute who became famous in 1995 for her $50 rendezvous with Hugh Grant has publicly thanked the actor for “changing” her life – because she was able to carve out a “wonderful” new existence in the scandal’s wake.
After the British actor was arrested in Los Angeles with Hollywood prostitute Divine Brown, she went on to land a series of lucrative publicity deals just for discussing her experience with the actor.
“I was just trying to pay a few bills that night,” she tells Britain’s Daily Mail. “Lo and behold I got a celebrity. I’d agreed to go with him for $50, but ended up with more than ten thousand times that. God has a path for us all.”
Brown – whose real name is Stella Thompson – is now 41 and living in the suburbs of Atlanta. She claims to have earned more than $1 million from media interviews and guest-show appearances immediately following the scandal. Most of the money was spent on expensive cars and a flashy lifestyle, she admits, but enough was invested wisely in property to allow her to put her two older daughters, Cheyenne, 21, and Brianna, 20, through college.
“That was the trick that changed my life. The event that earned me a million dollars,” she says. “The fuss afterwards scared me right there and took me off the game… I have the most wonderful life now. I’ve got a nice new home… there’s no pool but there is a picket fence. I thank the Lord everyday.
“I was always attracted to the glamorous life and that half an hour with Hugh Grant made me able to buy all the things I’d dreamed of having. That film ‘Pretty Woman’ seemed to be what my life was about. Hugh Grant was my Richard Gere.”
Brown is convinced the embarrassing incident also worked in Grant’s favor when all was said and done.
“I know he helped to upgrade my future and my family, but I upgraded his, too,” she says. “He got more recognized and more movies after that night.”