Belle Brezing

Belle Brezing (June 16, 1860 - August 11, 1940) was a nationally known madam in Lexington, Kentucky at the end of the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th.


Belle Brezing was born Mary Belle Cox, the illegitimate daughter of Sarah Ann Cox. Ms. Cox then married George Brezing, whose name Belle adopted. Brezing had one daughter, Daisy May Kenney, who was raised by a neighbor.

Brezing is believed to have been the model for Belle Watling in Gone with the Wind. She is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Lexington.

Belle's "bawdy house"

The quality of her house was widely acclaimed and . Her "working house" remained standing in Lexington's downtown area at 59 Megowan Street until the entire neighborhood was razed in the early 1970's to make way for new government office buildings. The street has been renamed Eastern Avenue. Bricks salvaged from the two story corner lot home were sold to the public with the inscription: "Brick from the Belle Brezing Home - The most orderly of Dis-orderly Homes".


External links

For more complete biographical information and numerous photographs see the University of Kentucky Audio-Visual Archives


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