Who Should Have Won the Best Actress Oscar for 1952?

1952 finishes the Best Actress polls for V. 2, WHO Won?!? An Irreverent Look at the Oscars. V. 3 will be published this summer, at which time I’ll return to a new cycle of polls for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress, along with the Special Features covering the few categories I don’t cover with the published books.

Thanks for participating — and let’s participate one more time, with the choices for 1952!

Stage actress Shirley Booth won this year, for her recreation of her role in Come Back, Little Sheba:

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Booth beat out Joan Crawford, for Sudden Fear:

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Bette Davis grabbed yet another nomination, this time as her version of Joan Crawford in The Star:

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Julie Harris was also nominated, for the film adaptation of Carson McCullers’ classic novel, The Member of the Wedding:

Finally, Susan Hayward cut loose in the biopic With a Song in My Heart, playing the chanteuse Jane Froman, who lost the use of her legs in a plane crash and made a comeback.

So, who did the Academy ignore?

Maureen O’Hara, in the spectacular love letter to Ireland from John Ford, The Quiet Man:

And finally, the effervescent Debbie Reynolds, in the greatest musical ever made in color, Singin’ in the Rain:

If you would like to make other suggestions, please do so below in the comments!

As always, I have much more to say in my book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PKK8MBY

And now, please vote!

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