In the 1960s, when she was a screen newcomer whose father was a revered Hollywood film star, Jane Fonda proved herself to be a pro at fluffy, sexy romantic comedies. She was delightful in those kind of roles whether she was the single girl working in New York City while looking for Mr. Right or the newlywed whose Mr. Right was Redford Redford in Barefoot in the Park.
Pretty Woman turned prostitution into a romantic comedy for a whole generation of young female moviegoers. I like Julia Roberts but....yikes! If I had an impressionable young daughter, I would not want her to see being a hooker as "cute." If you know what I mean.
Jane Fonda won her first of two Best Actress Academy Awards for playing a hooker. A tough New York City hooker. Not a Disney-esque, perky prostitute like Pretty Woman. Bree knew the mean streets of Manhattan. She knew its kinky tricks. Emotionally, she had a steel exterior.
That film has one of my favorite performances not only by Jane Fonda but by Donald Sutherland too.