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Portrait of an Escort (1980)

Unrated | | Drama | TV Movie 8 October 1980
Jordan West is a divorcée who moonlights at a professional dating service to make ends meet. But her secret job causes gossip among her neighbors and trouble at the real estate office where... See full summary »


Ann Beckett (teleplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Anspach ... Jordan West
Tony Bill ... Beau Simpson
Cyd Charisse ... Sheilah Croft
Kevin McCarthy ... Dr. Ken Paige
Edie Adams ... Mrs. Kennedy
Mary Frann Mary Frann ... Sandy
Gretchen Wyler ... Emily Amend
Todd Susman ... Ted Quinn
Debbie Lytton ... Jessica West
Douglas Dirkson ... Loren
Lauri Hendler ... Mandy
Richard Crystal ... Vice Detective
Biff Elliot ... Lieutenant
Frank Birney ... Professor Lewis
Kathie Spencer-Neff Kathie Spencer-Neff ... Waitress


Jordan West is a divorcée who moonlights at a professional dating service to make ends meet. But her secret job causes gossip among her neighbors and trouble at the real estate office where she works in the daytime, while her teenage daughter is the only one who remains oblivious to her mother's night job. When Jordan tries to quit her escort profession, she find herself harassed by her boss/madam Mrs. Kennedy and then stalked by an unknown former client. Written by Anonymous

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Look for Tony Bill in this early role...
6 August 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

also Cyd Charisse and Edie Adams; the title is not exactly spell-binding, but some aspects of L.A. are realistically portrayed.

Since this was 1980, it was still relatively new to address the escort business(until we saw Candice Bergen, as the "Mayflower Madam").

Susan Anspach is believable, as a single mother trying to live on her own, trying to get work as an actor, finding many men with aspirations, but no financial security (as played by Tony Bill). While the premise is not original, the story of finding work as an actor in Los Angeles; the players are sympathetic, and some scenes of L.A. in the early 80's are interesting- It must have been nice to see Hollywood Boulevard while it was well-maintained, and cleaner.

Other films along the same story line would be "Death Ride to Osaka" with a very young Jennifer Jason Leigh as a nubile actress, also getting in a difficult situation. Recommended for anyone interested in the business. 7/10

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