Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 2003
SEX WORKER ROLE
Drew Preston in Billy Bathgate 1991
Satine in Moulin Rouge! 2001
Oscar Nominated For Playing A Prostitute
Sophia/Nadia in Birthday Girl 2001
First Character Is A Gun Moll. The Second Character Is A Prostitute.
The Third Character Is a Russian Mail-Order Bride.
You have to hand it to Nicole Kidman. Though she has played three different sex workers, they are all vastly different in terms of the sex work they provide.
In “Billy Bathgate,” Nicole plays socialite Drew Preston. She is the gun moll to gangster Bo Weinberg. When he gets knocked off, Drew turns to another gangster, Dwight Schultz, to be his moll. She has a memorable line in the movie. When asked if she is Mr. Schultz’s girl, Drew replies, “I’m not his girl; he’s my gangster.”
Watch clip of the film “Billy Bathgate”
“Moulin Rouge!” is loosely based on the stage play “The Lady of the Camellias.” Oscar winners Vanessa Redgrave and Vivien Leigh both played the female protagonist in those productions. In this film, Nicole Kidman plays a dancer who is also a hooker at the Moulin Rouge nightclub. Like the main character in “The Lady of the Camellias,” Nicole’s character dies of tuberculosis at the end of the film in the arms of the man she loves.
Watch clip of the film “Moulin Rouge!”
“Birthday Girl” finds a lonely bank employee who has been unlucky in love. Wanting the perfect woman, he decides to purchase a mail-order bride from Russia. Who shows up? A mysterious woman named Nadia, played by Kidman. She is everything he is looking for in a wife and lover. However, when Nadia’s two Russian cousins suddenly show up, things take a dramatic turn.
Watch trailer of the film “Birthday Girl”
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