Vivian Ward

Vivian Ward

    Pretty Woman
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Character Analysis

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Grew Up... in a dysfunctional family. She doesn't know why, but her father never seemed to like her much, except when he was drunk. Her mother wasn't much better. She would lock Vivian in the attic when she misbehaved, which was pretty often.

Living... in Los Angeles in a dumpy apartment with her roommate Kit.

Profession... prostitute. Her "office" is Hollywood Boulevard. She is her own boss and doesn’t have a pimp, so keeps all profits.

Visiting... the five-star Beverly Wilshire hotel. A business executive named Edward picked her up on Hollywood Boulevard in a Ferrari and is paying her $3000 to spend the week with him while he is in town. She and Kit are late on their rent, and their landlord said he would throw them out at the end of the week if they couldn't pay him. Edward showed up just in time.

Relationship Status... single. She dates sometimes, but she always swore she wouldn't get close to a client. She doesn't even kiss them; it's too personal. But Edward is making her consider bending the rules…

Challenge... navigating the tricky relationship she is forming with Edward. She wants something real with him, but she knows the relationship is doomed. After all, how many fairy tales end with the prostitute living happily ever after?

Personality... spirited, generous, and honest. She is a breath of fresh air compared to the other women Edward has dated. Since she has nothing to lose, she tells Edward exactly what she thinks. And even though she is not as educated as Edward, she knows much more about life than he does.


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