Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1954
Plays Two Characters That Are Related To The Sex Trade Industry
Gigi in Gigi 1951
Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s 1961
Oscar Nominated For Playing A Prostitute
Audrey Hepburn made her Broadway debut in Gigi, playing the title role. The plot revolves around a young woman being groomed for a career as a courtesan. As mentioned in the Greer Garson section, the term ‘courtesan’ means someone who is willing to be the companion of a wealthy individual. As such this person is dependent on them for financial support. In some cases a courtesan could be passed off from one benefactor to another. Gigi meets and falls in love with an older, wealthy man. At first he doesn’t feel the same way. But as time goes on, he falls in love with the delightful Gigi. By the end they live happily ever after.
Gigi the Broadway play and Gigi the musical (with Leslie Caron in the title role) are two separate productions.
10 years later Audrey Hepburn would star as one of the most famous prostitute roles in film history. Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. However Truman Capote, who created the character of Holly, disputes that she was a hooker. He describes her as an American Geisha. However you want to describe her, the character of Holly seems to live an enchanted life. Spending her time going from clubs to parties to restaurants. Wearing fabulous designer clothes. Socializing with wealthy men who take care of her every need. Her whirlwind life suffers a jolt when she meets a new male neighbor. Suddenly the life as she knew it starts to change. But will it be for the better?
Watch clip of the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
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