"It's hard to get anything done because they're so time-consuming. I do feel that if I ever get rid of them, I will be jinxed and cursed the rest of my life and nothing I do will ever work again."Fleiss doesn't have a boyfriend. "I'm not one of these girls who needs a guy to survive." Her last boyfriend, the actor Tom Sizemore, was convicted of battering Fleiss in 2003.
Charles Manson was captured a half hour from Pahrump." It's tempting to interpret the heat in the Nevada desert as a punishment for all the sin that takes place here: sexual, commercial, and environmental.
In fact, she looked and sounded very much like the version of herself who appeared on the now-defunct show Blind Date a few years ago looking for a rich boyfriend. "It would be kind of fun opening up an exclusive resort, and I'll make it really nice, like the Beverly Hills Hotel," she says.
But here in her house, in sweatpants, talking to her parrots, Fleiss, 41, is something utterly specific and unprecedented: the former Hollywood Madam, the woman who made millions of dollars in her early twenties providing fuck buddies for Charlie Sheen and sending call girls to Bush (the elder) fundraisers on the arms of senators, the daughter of a Jewish pediatrician, who grew up affluent in L. and spent three years in prison for tax evasion and is going to make a comeback—any day now, she says—starting the world's first legal, wind-powered brothel for women with exclusively male hookers (and a spa), who only wants to talk about birds. It's a struggle to keep Fleiss tethered to any conversational thread for more than a few minutes; inevitably, she starts talking to one of the parrots. "It'll feel private; you'll have your own bungalow.
"I would've told someone they were out of their fucking mind if they'd said in five years I'd be living with all these animals like this.
It's hard-core, how I live; it's totally a nonfunctional atmosphere for me," she says.
But the money was really good."Today, instead of sitting around a pool with a troupe of gorgeous and demanding young women, Fleiss stands next to a bowl of organic nuts with a troupe of gorgeous and demanding birds.