Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1940
Plays Character That Is Related To The Sex Trade Industry
Myra Lester in Waterloo Bridge 1940
Character Is A Prostitute
The source material for Waterloo Bridge has been made into a play, three film adaptations and three radio dramas. This film was released after Vivien’s star making, Oscar winning role as Scarlett O’Hara. In Waterloo Bridge Vivien plays Myra Lester. She is a ballet dancer who through a series of bad luck winds up being a prostitute. Of all her films, Vivien Leigh has stated this one was her favorite.
Honorable Mention: Vivien also won the Oscar for playing Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, who some historians insist was a prostitute.
Watch clip of the film “Waterloo Bridge” below
Vivien played more than one hooker role.
Go to Vivien Leigh A Streetcar Named Desire 1952 to read her other prostitute role.
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