Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 1962
Plays Character That Is Related To The Sex Trade Industry
Dolores Gonzales in Marlowe 1969
Louise in Carnal Knowledge 1971
Rita Capkovic in The Rockford Files 1978 – 1979
Wins Emmy Award For Playing A Prostitute
First Character Is A Stripper. The Other Two Characters Are Prostitutes
Rita Moreno is one of the few Oscar winners to play a hooker, both on the big and small screen. It is to her credit and tenacity that she took small roles and made them into gems. In Marlowe Rita plays showgirl/stripper Dolores Gonzales who helps P.I. Philip Marlowe (James Garner) find a missing person. This movie is infamous because of Rita’s provocative strip-tease routine she does at the end of the film.
Watch clip of the film “Marlowe”
In Carnal Knowledge, Jack Nicholson character seeks out a prostitute to perform a certain sex act. Rita plays that hooker in this very small part. So small in fact that she doesn’t even receive billing in the trailer below. And she is an OSCAR winner!
Watch few quick clips of her infamous scene from the trailer of the film “Carnal Knowledge”
More substantial was the part of Rita Capkovic in The Rockford Files. Moreno would be reunited with her Marlowe co-star James Garner. This was a recurring role, as she appeared once a year over three seasons. This character coincided with the sexual revolution, as Rita was unapologetic about her chosen profession. Saying, “I do what I do. I’m not going to apologize; I’m not going to explain.” She would win an Emmy Award for playing this prostitute role.
Watch this clip from “The Rockford Files” For her efforts in this episode
Rita Moreno would win an Emmy for her performance as a hooker
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