Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 1952
Plays Character That Is Related To The Sex Trade Industry
Alma Winemiller in The Eccentricities of a Nightingale 1968
Character Is A Prostitute
After Blanche DuBois and Maggie the Cat, the role of Alma Winemiller seems to be the third most popular Tennessee Williams character. This is a juicy character for actresses to portray onstage. Several actresses listed in this book have played the part, including Kim Hunter. Her version of Alma was not in the play Summer and Smoke. But a revised version Tennessee Williams wrote, entitled The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. This second incarnation debuted a few years after the original play and its film adaptation. In both versions, the role of Alma is somewhat the same. Her unfrequented love for a man that is never fulfilled. Which leads her character to go through a dramatic transformation. From prim and proper good girl to sexy available vamp. In Summer and Smoke it is left up in the air as to how promiscuous Alma will become. In The Eccentricities of a Nightingale it is made perfectly clear Alma has become a prostitute.
Watch clip from the TV version of “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale”
with Blythe Danner as Alma Winemiller
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