Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1961
Plays Character That Is Related To The Sex Trade Industry
Wins Oscar For Playing A Prostitute
1961 was definitely the year of the prostitute. Both the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress honors went to actors who played a hooker. In addition Best Picture was awarded to The Apartment, which was about a love shack. So 1961 was a banner year for the role of the prostitute. Elizabeth plays Gloria, a hooker who wants to get out of the profession. While Elizabeth despised the script, she consented to play the part so she could get out of her contract. Ironic that she won an Oscar for it. But in real-life Elizabeth survived a near-death experience. So she definitely received the sympathy vote. It was such a given that Elizabeth was going to win, the other four nominees in her category didn’t even bother to show up for the ceremonies.
Watch clip of the film “BUtterfield 8”
Elizabeth Taylor played more than one hooker role on film.
Go to Elizabeth Taylor Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1967 to read her other prostitute role.
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