Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 2007
SEX WORKER ROLE
Beaty Simons in Hussy 1980
Grace Bontempo in Love Ranch 2010
Both Characters Are Prostitutes
Helen pulls a double threat playing both a prostitute and madam in two different films. In “Hussy,” she plays Beaty, a hooker who begins a relationship with a working-class guy. Roadblocks in their lives prevent them from living happily ever after.
Watch clip of the film “Hussy”
Thirty years later, her husband, Taylor Hackford, would direct her in the film “Love Ranch.” In this movie, Helen Mirren plays the real-life Grace Bontempo, who opened up the first legal brothel in Nevada.
Watch trailer of the film “Love Ranch”
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