Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 1982
SEX WORKER ROLE
Bertha in Hello From Bertha 1961
Character Is A Prostitute
“Hello From Bertha” is a one-act play by Tennessee Williams. Maureen Stapleton first played the role of Bertha in an Actor’s Studio showcase directed by Eli Wallach. She later recreated the part for TV on the anthology series “Play of the Week.” The episode entitled “Four by Tennessee” telecast four one-act plays by Tennessee Williams, one of which was “Hello From Bertha.” As the title character, Stapleton plays a prostitute who gets evicted from the brothel where she works. The script of this play “Hello From Bertha” is available in Tennessee Williams’s book “27 Wagons Full of Cotton.”
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