Showing more dramatic ability than had been expected of her, she got the plumb part and played it so well it made her a film legend.
That same year, she played one of the screen’s most gorgeous vixens in “Leave Her to Heaven.” Even after her work in “Laura,” Zanuck hadn’t thought she could play such a strong dramatic role, that of a woman so obsessed with love and sole possession of her husband’s affection and attention, she murders to keep him all to herself. After practically begging Zanuck, she got the role and proved, as never before, that she was much more than just a pretty face: she was an actress of considerable talent. For her performance, she received an  Academy Award best actress    nomination. She, Ingrid Bergman, Greer Garson, and Jennifer Jones lost the award to Joan Crawford for “Mildred Pierce.”

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