TRICKS OF THE TRADE: HOLLYWOOD PROSTITUTES

EW, once again, has a particularly impressive photo gallery up for your perusal. This one is dedicated to the film performers who played ladies and gentlemen of the evening.

When I had a look at it, it was rather staggering.

You can understand COMPLETELY why these actors took these particular roles. A lot of them are substantial challenging parts. Some of them are strongly identified with the actors who played them – to this day. Of the ones that I’ll list here, eight people received ACADEMY AWARD nominations for their work.

Of those, three won OSCARS.

I don’t like all of the films, but I adore each and every one of these performances: KIM BASINGER (LA CONFIDENTIAL), JODIE FOSTER (TAXI DRIVER), JULIA ROBERTS (PRETTY WOMAN), JON VOIGHT (MIDNIGHT COWBOY), ELISABETH SHUE (LEAVING LOS VEGAS), REBECCA DeMORNAY (RISKY BUSINESS), KATHLEEN TURNER (CRIMES OF PASSION), JANE FONDA (KLUTE), RICHARD GERE (AMERICAN GIGOLO), NANCY ALLEN (DRESSED TO KILL), NICOLE KIDMAN (MOULIN ROUGE) and CATHERINE DENEUVE (BELLE DU JOUR).

Then there is some spectacular emoting from my favourite female actor in the entire world. I have to mention it since I love it so much and she did win the OSCAR for her unqualified brilliance in this part.

But GLORIA WANDROUS was NOT a prostitute.

Anyone who has seen this film knows exactly what happens at the beginning. The guy leaves money on the dresser for her and she writes NO SALE on the bedroom mirror in coral lipstick and flounces out the door in the mink coat that belongs to his wife. Since when is that a prostitute? Big difference between that and a good time girl, which she most definitely was.

I am, of course, speaking of ELIZABETH TAYLOR in BUTTERFIELD 8.

She’s always lumped in erroneously with the others. Just had to set that particular record straight.

For the gallery, please go here

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