Kim Basinger L.A. Confidential 1998

Kim Basinger as Lynn Bracken in L.A. Confidential
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 1998

Kim Basinger L.A. Confidential 1998
Kim Basinger L.A. Confidential 1998

Wins Oscar For Playing A Prostitute


Lorene Rogers in From Here to Eternity 1979

Michel Duval in No Mercy 1986

First Two Characters Are Prostitutes. The Last Character Is A Gun Moll

Kim Basinger in From Here to Eternity 1979, No Mercy 1986 and L.A. Confidential 1998
Kim Basinger in From Here to Eternity 1979, No Mercy 1986 and L.A. Confidential 1998

In 1979 Kim Basinger starred in the television remake of “From Here to Eternity.” She plays Lorene Burke, the role made famous by Donna Reed in 1954. As a prostitute working at the Gentlemen’s Club, Lorene yearns to escape her dreary existence. More than anything, she wants a husband and a family, complete with the white picket fence. She is so close to her dream as she falls in love with one of the soldiers. But tragically, he is killed in the line of duty. Devastated, Lorene decides to leave the profession and begin a new life.

Watch clip from “From Here to Eternity”

In 1986’s “No Mercy,” Kim Basinger plays the role of Michel Duval. As a 13-year-old, she gets sold to a gangster. As an adult, she is trapped as the gun moll to a new sadistic criminal. Michel is desperate to escape his clutches and falls in love with the cop who tries to rescue her.

Watch clip from “No Mercy”

In the 1990s, Kim Basinger’s career seemed to slump. Nothing substantial was coming her way. Then came the role of Lynn Bracken in “L.A. Confidential.” That changed everything. Kim plays a Veronica Lake look-a-like who turns tricks for a living. The character of Lynn had initially come to Hollywood seeking stardom. But she ends up turning to prostitution to make a living. Lynn gets tangled up with the lead detective investigating a murder.

Watch clip of the film “L.A. Confidential”

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