Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 1999
SEX WORKER ROLE
Filumena Marturano in Filumena Marturano 1998
Character Is A Prostitute
“Filumena Marturano” is a 1946 Italian play, but more people are familiar with its movie adaptation, “Marriage: Italian Style,” starring Marcello Mastroianni and Oscar Winner Sophia Loren.
In 1998 Judi played the title role at the Piccadilly Theatre in London. Dench plays a former prostitute who tricks her long-time lover into marrying her. She does this by faking an illness and saying she doesn’t have much time to live. So the two get married on her deathbed. Shortly afterward, she proceeds to make a miraculous recovery. That is when the conflict & fun starts to happen.
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