Oscar Roles: McCambridge, Mercedes in All the King’s Men

Peer recognition was the most valued reward for the young and inexperienced Mercedes McCambridge, supporting actress winner for “All the King’s Men” (1949).  The Oscar literally changed McCambridge’s life: her salary skyrocketed overnight, she got more publicity, more invitations to parties, and an active social life. All of these changes were “highly enjoyable fringe benefits, but, best of all, was the knowing that you earned it from your peers, that actors voted for your acting.”