Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1963
Plays Character That Is Related To The Sex Trade Industry
Mary Magdalene in Jesus of Nazareth 1977
Character Is A Prostitute
There is debate among many religious scholars as to whether Mary Magdalene was a prostitute or not. In Franco Zeffirelli’s TV movie Jesus of Nazarth, it is made clear she is a hooker. In fact her very first scene depicts the character getting out of bed with what is presumed to be her client. In the scene below the male character gets out of her bed, and then pays her. Elizabeth Taylor was supposedly offered the part, but it didn’t work out. Anne Bancroft stepped in and infused the character with an angry intelligence. It would have been interesting to see Elizabeth Taylor’s take on the character of Mary Magdalene.
Watch clip of the film “Jesus of Nazareth” with Anne Bancroft as Mary Magdalene
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