Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 1990
SEX WORKER ROLE
Annie Ryan in The Wicked Wicked West 1997
(aka Painted Angels)
Madam Alex in Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss 2004
Both Characters Are Madams
The Midwest of the 1870s gets explored in the film “The Wicked Wicked West.” Brenda Fricker plays Annie Ryan, the no-nonsense madam of a bordello. Westerns of the 40s and 50s tended to gloss over the sex trade profession. As a result, Hollywood portrayed prostitution as a glamorous occupation. This film does the opposite – it depicts the hard and rough times prostitutes from that era endured. All told from a woman’s point of view.
Watch trailer of the film “The Wicked Wicked West”
Brenda donned the persona of another Madam in “Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss.” In this film, she plays Elizabeth Adams, aka Madam Alex, a multi-millionaire madam who runs an international prostitution network. She was so successful that she inspired her workers to branch out independently. Most notably, Heidi Fleiss. That led to a battle called “the Whore Wars.” Feeling betrayed, Madam Alex was quite bitter about Heidi, saying, “She stole my business, my books, my girls, and my guys.”
Watch clip of the film “Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss”
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