Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 1960
Played Two Characters That Are Related To The Sex Trade Industry
Madame Irma in The Balcony 1963
Polly Adler in House Is Not A Home 1964
Both Characters Are Madams
Quite fitting Simone Signoret and Shelley both won their first Oscars in the same year. They are among the Oscar winners you have played the most prostitutes. Simone Signoret and Sophia Loren are tied for playing the most hooker roles, that being six. Shelley is tied with Anne Baxter for second place. Both of those ladies have played a prostitute five times.
One of her prostitute roles include The Balcony, where Shelley plays Madame Irma. Her character runs a bordello that offers men a chance to act out their S&M fantasies.
Watch clip of the film “The Balcony” with fellow Oscar Winner Lee Grant
The following year Shelley played yet another brothel madam. In House Is Not A Home, Shelley plays the real-life Polly Adler who ran the most successful brothel in New York City’s history.
Watch clip of the film “House Is Not A Home”
Shelley Winters also won a second Oscar for playing a hooker on film.
Go to Shelley Winters A Patch of Blue 1966 to read about her Oscar winning prostitute role.
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