Sheila Vogel-Coupe, 85, in a scene from Extraordinary Lives: My Granny the Escort.
Sheila Vogel-Coupe, 85, in a scene from Extraordinary Lives: My Granny the Escort. Rory Mulvey

85-year-old escort pulls in $450 an hour

MEET Sheila Vogel-Coupe, the London grandmother with an unusual pastime.

The 85-year-old works as an escort and only got into the profession four years ago at the age of 81.

She pulls in up to $450 AUD an hour for her work and entertains up to 10 clients a week who are as young as 20.

"It's something I wanted to do," Sheila told APN.

"It keeps me happy, keeps me young. I have lovely experiences with these gentlemen."

The grandmother is well-travelled and enjoyed two happy marriages, both of which ended when her husbands passed away from illness.

 "I've never known such a thing as divorce, and sexually I had everything I wanted with these two men," Sheila said.

"It wasn't until the last one died that I realised there was something I missed, so I got out and got it.

"I was lonely and I wanted to keep my freedom."


The straight-talking senior features in the new TV documentary Extraordinary Lives: My Granny the Escort airing tonight on Channel 9.

The doco follows three women who have turned to the sex industry for work in their later years.

Sheila is by far the oldest of the three. Fellow escorts Beverly and Sophie are 64 and 57 respectively.

And she's certainly not shy about being an escort, or bothered by the widespread social taboos associated with it.

"I am very careful. I won't see just anybody," she said.

"I am very, very choosy of whom I will see. I won't just see anybody because I don't do it just for the money. Yes the money's very useful, but I do it for satisfaction for myself and more importantly I like to make my men happy."
 

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In her younger years Sheila enjoyed a career as a successful businesswoman, running a nanny employment agency which honored the discretion of its high-profile clients. The only one she will name is King Hussein of Jordan.

But Sheila's work as an escort isn't without its problems. The majority of her family has disowned her.

"Two of my daughters turned against me completely," she said.

"They didn't want to know about it. I have a lovely brother and he didn't want to know about it either.

"They were all very judgemental. I have one daughter who is 62, Josie, and a lovely grandson of 26 and they say 'Mum we'll back you up as much as we possibly can, go ahead we love you'."

She hopes to inspire other seniors to embrace sexuality in their later years.

"I'm getting out the message to older women that it's very nice that they're wanted and they can go under the covers," she said.

"Sometimes I think I'm too honest, but I've always been that way (laughs)."

Extraordinary Lives: My Granny the Escort airs tonight at 9.30pm on Channel 9/WIN.



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