Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1960
Played Six Characters That Are Related To The Sex Trade Industry
Gisele in Back Streets of Paris 1946
Dee Dee in Dédée d’Anvers 1948
Leocadie in La Ronde 1950
Marie in Casque d’or 1952
Adua in Hungry for Love 1960
Madame Rosa in Madame Rosa 1977
All Six Characters Are Prostitutes
Simone Signoret has played so many prostitutes in movies, that it is impossible for me to summarize them all in half a page. In fact from 1946 to 1952 she played a prostitute on average once every two years. Simone could have added another hooker role to her film repertoire. Madame Hortense from the movie Zobra The Greek. But she withdrew from the part after a few days of filming. Simone is currently tied with Sophia Loren as the Oscar winner for playing the most hooker roles. Six of them. Sophia just needs to play a hooker one more time to be the all time champ.
In Macadam (aka “Back Streets of Paris”) Simone plays a hooker named Gisele. She works out of the Hotel Bijou. Though other streetwalkers are piling their trade from the same location, Gisele is different. She oozes class and style. This is strictly a supporting role.
Watch clip of the film “Macadam”
Four years later Simone would play a much substantial hooker role in Dédée d’Anvers. The plot is familiar as a hooker vows to leave her profession for the man she loves.
Watch clip of the film “Dédée d’Anvers”
La Ronde is similar to Our Town. In that a narrator introduces several stories that are intertwined. In her story Simone plays a prostitute who picks up a soldier.
Watch clip of the film “La Ronde”
In Casque d’or Simone plays a hooker who meets an ex-con vowing to go straight. They immediately fall in love. However their romance sets the stage for a series of events that will destroy the people around them.
Watch clip of the film “Casque d’or”
Simone plays the title character Auda in Hungry for Love (aka Auda and her Friends). When their brothel is shut down the women decide to open up their own restaurant. Despite trying to make a fresh start, they cannot escape their past.
Watch clip of the film “Hungry for Love”
Madame Rosa is perhaps one of Simone finest roles. In this film Simone plays a retired hooker. She decides to start her third act in life. By being the babysitter for the children of other prostitutes. When they have go out and make a call, Madame Rosa will look after their kids.
Watch clip of the film “Madame Rosa”
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