Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1946
SEX WORKER ROLE
Sadie Thompson in Rain 1932
Character Is A Prostitute
Based on a short story by W. Somerset Maugham, “Rain” has been both a stage play and a film. For the screen adaptation, the prostitution angle was deemphasized – as the plot centers around a group of passengers shipwrecked on an island. Joan Crawford plays Sadie Thompson, a hooker. Walter Huston plays Alfred Davidson, a preacher. Naturally, these two are butting heads with almost everything on the island. Soon the preacher is determined to reform the prostitute by any means necessary. Joan disliked the film and said, “I hope they burn every print of this turkey that exists.”
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