Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 2001
SEX WORKER ROLE
Verna Bernbaum in Miller’s Crossing 1990
Character Is A Gun Moll
Marcia Gay Harden in Miller’s Crossing 1990
“Miller’s Crossing” is a throwback to all those film-noir gangster movies of the 1940s & 1950s. Marcia plays Verna, an opportunistic gun moll (aka prostitute.) She proceeds to offer herself up to a gangster, in exchange for protecting her bookmaker brother who owes money. While at the same time romancing another gangster in training.
This movie got mixed reviews with the NY Times writing of Harden:
She “gives the impression of being tastefully dolled up for a 1920’s masquerade party.”
Though Rolling Stone did write:
“Harden scores a most impressive screen debut.”
Watch clip from the film “Miller’s Crossing”
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