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    Lucille "Lucy" Danziger
"What's your name, handsome?"
A former Ziegfeld Follies dancer, she is Nucky's lover at the beginning of the series but is destituted in favor of Margaret in the course of season one. She later has a one night stand with Van Alden, and ultimately informs him that she is pregnant and he is the father. Played by Paz de la Huerta.


  • Black Lingerie Scene: She's either particularly attached to her last purchase with Nucky's money, or it is the only thing she still can fit in while in her third trimester.
  • Brainless Beauty: Sometimes bordering Woman Child.
  • Character Development: Quite a bit in season 2.
  • Dark Mistress: Of the ditzy type.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers
  • Gold Digger: Like whoa. With a disturbing tendency to call her paramours "Daddy" and demand pretty things.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl
  • Jumping Out of a Cake: In "Anastasia", for Nucky's birthday.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Van Alden's wife desperately wants to get pregnant, but she can't. Lucy has a one-night stand with him and gets pregnant.
  • The Missus and the Ex: Her relation with Margaret is full of contempt and scorn.
  • The Mistress: Technically, to Van Alden.
  • Ms. Fanservice: By far the most frequent source of nudity in the series. It's harder to find an episode where she doesn't show something.
  • Pretty in Mink: Has a giant fox-fur coat.
  • Put on a Bus: She left Atlantic City permanently after giving birth to Van Alden's baby.
  • Riches to Rags
  • Single Mom Stripper: Subverted. Lucy has her daughter only because she is to be paid for it, and despite a brief maternal bonding after birth she has no problem abandoning her.
  • Take That, Audience!: Lucy is often considered The Scrappy by the fandom, who extend their revilement to the actress behind her. Thus, the scene where she rehearses a monologue from the play of the same name in "A Dangerous Maid" while staring at the camera (standing for a mirror) can only be taken as an open comment by Paz de la Huerta that yes, she can act. To ice the cake, the character in the play is also a former showgirl, like Lucy, and the monologue in question is about how she knows that people talk bad about her behind her back and how she is better than other people think.
  • Veronica: To Margaret's Betty.
  • Woman Scorned: To Margaret, but not Nucky.

    Lillian "Billie" Kent
"I want you to be my gangster".

A showgirl friend of Eddie Cantor's and tenant of Arnold Rothstein. She's also Nucky's newest mistress. Played by Meg Chambers Steedle.


     Nan Britton
"He loves me. And he loves his baby daughter. But America needs him, and so I have to sacrifice."
Former mistress of Senator and later President Warren Harding and mother of a baby daughter, she is completely deluded that Harding is in love with her and that he will dump his wife and take her to the White House as soon as he wins the 1920 election. She meets Nucky during a Republican convention in Chicago, who decides to take her to Atlantic City and place her in Margaret's house until the election is over in order to avoid a scandal. Played by Virginia Kull.


  • Clingy Jealous Girl
  • Composite Character: The plot point of Nan having to be hidden away until the election is over to avoid a political scandal happened in real life with another of Harding's mistresses, Carrie Phillips. Unlike Britton, Phillips was controversial for her vocal support of Germany during World War I, and deliberately blackmailed the Republican Party to get an all-expenses-paid vacation in East Asia while her ex-lover was campaigning for election. Phillips is only indirectly referenced in the show in the episode "Hold Me in Paradise", when Daugherty says that Harding has countless mistresses and that one is even trying to extort him.
  • The Ditz: Not the brightest bulb in the box.
  • Historical-Domain Character
  • Hollywood History: Zig-zagged. When Boardwalk Empire was made, most historians thought Harding could not be the father of Britton's daughter in Real Life and that their affair probably existed only in Britton's head. Nevertheless, the show portrayed it as real for the sake of drama. However, in 2015, it turned out that the show going for drama was absolutely accurate. A DNA test has proven that Harding and Britton's affair was indeed reality and he did indeed father Britton's child.
  • Love at First Sight
  • May–December Romance: She fell in love with Harding when she was 16, well before he started his political career.
  • The Mistress
  • Stalker with a Crush
  • Unrequited Love
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She is convinced that Harding will divorce his wife and send for her to live with him in the White House as soon as he is elected.

"Us girls all help each other here. You know, the concubines."
A long-time mistress for rich men, she becomes Margaret's neighbor and sort of friend after she accepts to move to a mansion paid by Nucky. Played by Megan Reinking.


"He says you're dangerous."
Another actress that tries to seduce Nucky in Season 4, with the clear goal of improving her career in Broadway. Played by Maddie Jo Landers.


  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Billie Kent, down to working with Eddie Cantor.
  • Trailers Always Lie: A recurring scene in the S4 promos shows Pauline telling Nucky that Cantor says he is dangerous. Nucky asks what is that supposed to mean, and she answers by mimicking a gun with her hand. The gesture does not appear in the actual season.

"Who is going to love me now?"
A 18 year-old prostitute from the brothel that Torrio runs his operation out of, who wishes to move to California and become an actress. She and Jimmy have a relationship and plan to run away together until members of a rival gang disfigure her as a message to Jimmy, and she kills herself. Played by Emily Meade.




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