Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 1998
Wins Oscar For Playing A Prostitute
Plays Two Other Characters Related To The Sex Trade Industry
Lorene Rogers in From Here to Eternity 1979
Michel Duval in No Mercy 1986
First Two Characters Are Prostitutes. Last Character Is A Gun Moll
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. She is a prostitute, working at the Gentlemen’s Club. Lorene yearns for an escape from this dreary life. 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 “Here to Eternity”
In 1986 Kim Basinger plays Michel Duval in No Mercy. As a 13 year old she was sold to a gangster. Now as an adult she finds herself trapped as the gun moll to a new sadistic gangster. Michel is desperate to escape his clutches and winds up falling in love with the cop who tries to rescue her.
Watch clip from “No Mercy”
In the 1990s Kim Basinger’s career seemed to be in a 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. Lynn Bracken had originally come to Hollywood seeking stardom. But she ends up turning to prostitution to make a living. In the film she gets tangled up with the lead detective investigating a murder.
Watch clip of the film “L.A. Confidential”
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