Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 1971
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Madelon Claudet in The Sin of Madelon Claudet 1933
Wins Oscar For Playing A Prostitute
Helen Hayes in The Sin of Madelon Claudet 1933
In the film “The Sin of Madelon Claudet,” Helen became the second actress to win an Academy Award for playing a prostitute. Adapted from the play “The Lullaby,” it tells the story of a woman wrongly accused of a crime. She is sent to prison to serve her time. Upon her release, she must resort to theft and prostitution to support herself and her son. Helen walked off with the Oscar and Venice Film Festival Best Actress Awards, making it a double win for the legendary Helen Hayes.
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