Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1981
SEX WORKER ROLE
Poppy in Prime Cut 1972
Lorena in Streets of Laredo 1995
Both Characters Are Prostitutes
“Prime Cut” was Sissy Spacek’s film debut. She plays an orphan named Poppy, who gets sold into prostitution.
Watch clip of the film “Prime Cut”
Twenty-five years later, she would star in the pre-sequel to the Lonesome Dove series “Streets of Laredo.” This mini-series featured an ensemble cast, including Sissy Spacek, in the part of Lorena. The character is a former prostitute, now married with children. The residents must be okay with her previous occupation as she is also the town’s schoolteacher!
Watch clip from the film “Streets of Laredo”
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