Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1948
SEX WORKER ROLE
Mary Martin in Midnight Mary 1933
Letty Strong in Born to Be Bad 1934
Both Characters Are Prostitutes
Loretta Young played a hooker not once but twice! She first broke out of her good-girl image by playing a woman on trial for murder. The film “Midnight Mary” flashes back and forth to show how good girl Mary Martin wound up in a life of crime, such as turning tricks, to be given the nickname Midnight Mary.
Watch the trailer of the film “Midnight Mary”
The following year Loretta decided to play another bad girl in the movie “Born to Be Bad.” She plays Letty Strong, an unwed mother with few options. So she turns to prostitution and tries to raise her son to be street-smart. However, a series of events leads to Letty losing custody of her child. The rest of the film details how she tries to win back her son.
Watch a clip of the film “Born to Be Bad”
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