Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 1944
SEX WORKER ROLE
Nan Baldwin in The White Raven 1917
Character Sells Her Body To The Highest Bidder
Ethel Barrymore in The White Raven 1917
In this 1917 silent film, a series of events causes Ethel’s character to become a dance hall singer. Later she finds herself stuck in a Western town after her father’s death. In misery over her fate and desperation, her character auctions herself off to the highest bidder. The rest of the story is too convoluted to describe. Surprisingly, a silent film would have so many twists and turns!
New York Times would rave about Ethel’s performance, writing “Her Beauty and Skill as an Actress Brought Out.”
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