Shirley Jones Elmer Gantry 1961

Shirley Jones as Lulu Baines in Elmer Gantry
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 1961

Shirley Jones Elmer Gantry 1961
Shirley Jones Elmer Gantry 1961

Wins Oscar For Playing A Prostitute

Plays Character That Is Related To The Sex Trade Industry

Jenny in The Cheyenne Social Club 1970

Character Is A Madam

Shirley Jones Elmer Gantry 1961 and The Cheyenne Social Club 1970
Shirley Jones in Elmer Gantry 1961 and The Cheyenne Social Club 1970

1961 was the year of the prostitute as both the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress honors went to portrayals of hookers. In Elmer Gantry, Burt Lancaster plays a fast-talking salesman-turned-preacher. Shirley Jones plays his former girlfriend. She turns to prostitution after their relationship went south. As Lulu Baines, Shirley gave a performance that made casting directors forget about her previous roles as the musical ingenue.


Watch clip of the film “Elmer Gantry”

Eleven years later Shirley Jones donned the woman of ill repute once again in The Cheyenne Social Club. Two friends find out one of them has inherited his brother’s business. Once they arrive they are surprised to find out the business is a brothel, run under the supervision of Shirley Jones character Jenny.


Watch clip of the film “The Cheyenne Social Club”

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