Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1938
Plays Character That Is Related To The Sex Trade Industry
O-Lan in The Good Earth 1938
Wins Oscar For Playing Character Sold Into Slavery
The first performer to win back-to-back Best Actress Oscars, Luise Rainer won her second Oscar playing O-Lan in The Good Earth. She played a Chinese farmwoman sold into slavery by her parents to a farmer. An argument could be made that the character in this film is a prostitute. As a slave puts out for sex when her husband is frisky. In addition to bearing his children, working the fields and doing all the housekeeping.
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