Oscar Actors: Sullavan, Margaret in Three Comrades

During the studio system, many actresses “specialized” in roles that called for a good dealing of suffering and often even death.

Though a versatile and subtle actress, who excelled in every film genre (including comedy), Margaret Sullavan was most typically used by Hollywood in tearful, soggy melodramas, such as her only Oscar-nominated role, as Robert Taylor's tubercular wife in Three Comrades, for which she had earlier won the New York Film Critics Circle Award.

Sullavan is best known for The Shop Around the Corner, which she made in the same year, and, of course, for Back Street (the second version), in which she played a woman in love with a married man (Charles Boyer), who can't divorce because it will ruin his career.