Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1990
Plays Two Characters That Are Related To The Sex Trade Industry
Blanche Dubois in Streetcar Named Desire 1947
Wins Tony Award For Playing A Prostitute
Angela Nightingale in Bedtime Story 1959
Both Characters Are Prostitutes
Blanche Dubois is one of the most famous female characters in American theatre. One question remains about her. Was she a hooker? Or she was just a sex starved individual? Her famous exit line is “I have always depended upon the kindness of strangers.” It is implied in the play, without being specific, that Blanche was a prostitute. Jessica Tandy originated the part, opposite Marlon Brando’s Stanley, on Broadway in 1947. During the play it is revealed that Blanche was run out of town for sleeping with a 17-year-old male. Later she stays at a hotel frequented by prostitutes. Stanley even accuses her of being a hooker. So at the very least she is accused of prostitution. Some historians have argued that because of Blanche’s sexual nature, she was an amoral prostitute. So it is safe to say that the character of Blanche should be included in this list.
Listen to several scenes from “A Streetcar Named Desire”
with Jessica Tandy reprising her role as Blanche Dubois.
Jessica Tandy’s only other prostitute role in the Broadway production of Triple Play. It consisted of 3 short acts and one monologue. In the act entitled Bedtime Story, Jessica Tandy plays a prostitute who has just ripped off her customer. No footage available of her performance online.
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