Jane Wyman Johnny Belinda 1949

Jane Wyman as Belinda McDonald in Johnny Belinda
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1949

Jane Wyman Johnny Belinda 1949
Jane Wyman Johnny Belinda 1949

Plays Character That Is Related To The Sex Trade Industry

Saloon Girl Bengal Tiger 1936

Character Is A Saloon Girl

Jane Wyman in Bengal Tiger 1936
Jane Wyman in Bengal Tiger 1936

Jane Wyman once famously said, “I simply refused to play a prostitute, a drug addict. Non exposure is better than appearing in the wrong thing.” Well of course she said this when scripts were plentiful and she was at the top of her profession. But when you are starting out, you have to take whatever you can get. To her credit she never did play parts like a prostitute or a drug addict. However she did play a saloon girl in the 1936 film Benegal Tiger. This was an uncredited part, meaning she was a background player.

As written about in the Linda Hunt entry, Saloon Girls provided company to lonely men and kept them drinking. The more the men drank, the more money they made as they worked on commission. Some Saloon Girls even turned tricks, with the Saloon getting a kickback. The Film Bengal Tiger Is Not Available On DVD

Jane Wyman 1936
Jane Wyman 1936

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