Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1944
Plays Character That Is Related To The Sex Trade Industry
Astrid Steele in Angel, Angel, Down We Go 1969
Character Is A Prostitute And Porn Performer
Jennifer Jones won an Oscar for playing a nun in The Song of Bernadette. 25 years later she starred in the film Angel, Angel, Down We Go playing an ex-hooker. The 60s were a time for free love, women’s lib and protesting the Vietnam War. As such films were changing. Stars of the past had to adapt to this change, or get out of the way for a new generation. This can only explain why Jennifer Jones took the part of an ex-hooker. The film centers on an overweight, sheltered young girl who gets involved with a rock star named Bogart. Her family is not pleased; especially her glamorous mother Astrid, played by Jones. Bogart proceeds to seduce every member of the family, including Astrid. Though not said in so many words, it is alluded to that Astrid is a former hooker. Plus she freely admits she made ‘stag films’ aplenty. Astrid famous line is “I was born poor, but now I have class.”
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