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 Mirren in Hussy 1980 and Love Ranch 2010
Helen pulls a double threat playing both a prostitute and madam in two different films. In “Hussy,” she plays Beaty, an experienced hooker who begins dating a working-class guy. Because of her profession, 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” opposite Joe Pesci. In this movie, Helen Mirren plays the real-life Grace Bontempo, who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada.
Watch trailer of the film “Love Ranch”
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