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Variety: ‘Pretty Woman’ Anniversary: 12 Hookers with Hearts of Gold


When it premiered on March 23, 1990, “Pretty Woman” made one thing perfectly clear: Hollywood has an obsession with the world’s oldest profession. From Gloria Swanson playing a harlot in the silent melodrama “Sadie Thompson,” to Sasha Grey as a high-priced escort in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience,” prostitutes have been a movie mainstay since the pre-code era. Yet unlike Jane Fonda’s icy call girl in “Klute” or Pam Grier’s psycho streetwalker in “Fort Apache, the Bronx,” Julia Roberts’ happy-go-lucky Vivian Ward was a hooker with the proverbial heart of gold. On the 25th anniversary of “Pretty Woman,” here’s a look at 11 working girls (plus one working guy) who would give you the shirt off their backs… provided they were wearing one.

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