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Best Little Madam in Texas RIP
Edna Milton Chadwell (1930-2012), owner of "Edna's Fashionable Ranch Boarding House," popularly known as the Chicken Ranch, a highly successful brothel in La Grange, Texas. She had started working at the brothel in the 50s, later bought it for $30,000 and ran it till it was permanently closed in 1973.
Edna Milton Chadwell, madam of Texas’s ‘Best Little Whorehouse,’ dies at 84
Edna Milton was born in rural Oklahoma in the 1940's, one of 11 children in a dirt-poor family. Briefly married at 16, she left her husband and could only find work as a prostitute in Houston and Fort Worth. She eventually became the sharp-witted proprietor of the small-town Chicken Ranch, later celebrated as “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," altho, as she said, "The only thing in the movie that was correct was that there was a whorehouse."