Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1929
Plays Character That Is Related To The Sex Trade Industry
Wins Oscar For Playing A Prostitute
It’s quite fitting that the first female recipient of an acting Oscar would win for playing a prostitute. In actuality, those first Oscars awarded a performers yearly body of work. In subsequent years, Oscars awarded for a single performance. Janet Gaynor won her Oscar for three roles. One of which was playing a hooker in “Street Angel.” A woman on the run from the law finds her past catching up to her just as she is on the verge of true happiness. The other two movies she won the Oscar for was “Sunrise” and “7th Heaven”.
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