My Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar Winners (1920-1939)

by jaredwignall | created - 27 May 2016 | updated - 11 Oct 2016 | Public

Who I feel should've won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the 1920s and 1930s.

1. Aud Egede-Nissen

Actress | Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler

Aud Egede-Nissen was born on May 30, 1893 in Bergen, Norway. She was an actress and producer, known for Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922), Das Phantom der Oper (1916) and Deception (1920). She was married to Paul Richter and Georg Alexander. She died on November 6, 1974 in Oslo, Norway.

Anna Boleyn (1920)

2. Mabel Van Buren

Actress | The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Mabel Van Buren was born on July 17, 1878 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was an actress, known for The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), Brewster's Millions (1914) and Ramona (1916). She was married to James Gordon and Ernest Joy. She died on November 4, 1947 in Hollywood, California, USA.

The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse (1921)

3. Astrid Holm

Actress | Körkarlen

Trained as a ballet dancer she turned to acting. Stage work at Det ny Teater and Det kongelige Teater without much success. Started acting in films in 1917 with much more appeal. In her silent film career, she worked with some of the worlds most prominent directors. Her low key but intense acting ...

The Phantom Carriage (1922)

4. Lydia Knott

Actress | Rocky Rhodes

Lydia Knott was born on October 1, 1866 in Tyner, Indiana, USA. She was an actress, known for Rocky Rhodes (1934), Luck in Pawn (1919) and As Ye Sow (1914). She died on March 30, 1955 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

A Woman of Paris (1923)

5. Paulette Duval

Actress | Monsieur Beaucaire

Paulette Duval was born in Buenos Aires. She appeared in many drama and comedy films, first working in French films making her debut with 'Marthe' in 1919; she arrived in Hollywood in 1922 first working for the Fox Film Company, then Paramount in 1924, later with MGM and then, finally with Columbia...

He Who Get's Slapped (1924)

6. Claire McDowell

Actress | The Big Parade

Claire McDowell was born on November 2, 1877 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Big Parade (1925), Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and The Mark of Zorro (1920). She was married to Charles Hill Mailes. She died on October 23, 1966 in Hollywood, California, USA.

The Big Parade (1925)

7. Estelle Taylor

Actress | Street Scene

A former typist, Estelle Taylor married a banker at age 14 and, after leaving him, moved to New York to study dramatic acting. She also modeled for artists and appeared in the chorus of a couple of Broadway shows. In the early 1920s she came to Hollywood and was noted as one of the film colony's ...

Don Juan (1926)

8. Julia Swayne Gordon

Actress | My Lady's Slipper

Julia Swayne Gordon was born on October 29, 1878 in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Sarah Victoria Smith. She was an actress, known for My Lady's Slipper (1916), The Painted World (1919) and The Painted World (1914). She was married to Hugh Thomas Swayne. She died on May 28, 1933 in Los Angeles, California,...

Wings (1927)

9. Dorothy Cumming

Actress | The Wind

Dorothy Cumming was born on April 12, 1894 in Boorowa, New South Wales, Australia. She was an actress, known for The Wind (1928), Snow White (1916) and The Woman and the Puppet (1920). She was married to Allan McNab and Frank Elliott Dakin. She died on December 10, 1983 in New York City, New York, ...

The Wind (1928)

10. Mary Doran

Actress | Beauty and the Boss

Having first aspired to become a teacher, wavy-haired, blonde Mary Doran attended the respected Ned Wayburn Dancing Academy - like countless other hopeful actresses - to learn tap dancing. She first appeared on stage in 'Betsy' (1926), a rare flop by Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. (and Rodgers & Hart), then ...

The Broadway Melody (1929)

11. Florence Eldridge

Actress | Inherit the Wind

Versatile character actress Florence Eldridge seemed often better served by the stage than by her roles in motion pictures. On the boards from the age of seventeen as a chorine in "Rock-a-Bye Baby" in 1918, she acted with touring companies and on Broadway and soon found herself playing leading ...

The Divorcee (1930)

12. Estelle Taylor

Actress | Street Scene

A former typist, Estelle Taylor married a banker at age 14 and, after leaving him, moved to New York to study dramatic acting. She also modeled for artists and appeared in the chorus of a couple of Broadway shows. In the early 1920s she came to Hollywood and was noted as one of the film colony's ...

Cimarron (1931)

13. Myrna Loy

Actress | The Best Years of Our Lives

Myrna Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams on August 2, 1905 in Helena, Montana, to Adelle Mae (Johnson) and David Franklin Williams. Her paternal grandparents were Welsh, and her mother was of Scottish and Swedish descent. Myrna was raised in Helena and nearby Radersburg. Her father, a rancher, was ...

Emma (1932)

14. Jean Parker

Actress | The Gunfighter

Jean Parker was born Lois Mae Green in 1915. Her father was Lewis Green, a gunsmith and hunter, and her mother was Pearl Melvina Burch (later known professionally as Mildred Brenner), one of 18 children of a pioneer family that came to Montana from Missouri and Iowa. Jean's maternal grandfather was...

Lady for a Day (1933)

15. Mona Barrie

Actress | Something to Sing About

Sometimes described as a poor man's Kay Francis, brunette, hazel-eyed Mona Barrie possessed neither quite the looks nor the personality required to become a major player in 1930's Hollywood. Nonetheless, the London-born and Australian-educated former childhood ballerina (born Mona Barlee, daughter ...

One Night Love (1934)

16. Billie Burke

Actress | The Wizard of Oz

Billie Burke was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885 in Washington, D.C. Her father was a circus clown, and as a child she toured the United States and Europe with the circus (before motion pictures and after the stage, circuses were the biggest form of entertainment in the...

Becky Sharp (1935)

17. Alice Brady

Actress | My Man Godfrey

Alice Brady was born in New York City on November 2, 1892. She was interested in the stage from childhood, as her father was famed Broadway producer William A. Brady. After a few stage productions, Alice was discovered by movie producers in New York, since this was the film capital at the time. Her...

My Man Godfrey (1936)

18. Alice Brady

Actress | My Man Godfrey

Alice Brady was born in New York City on November 2, 1892. She was interested in the stage from childhood, as her father was famed Broadway producer William A. Brady. After a few stage productions, Alice was discovered by movie producers in New York, since this was the film capital at the time. Her...

In Old Chicago (1937)

19. Fay Bainter

Actress | Jezebel

Fay Bainter's career began as a child performer in 1898. For some time, she was a member of the traveling cast of the Morosco Stock Company in Los Angeles. In 1912, she made her Broadway debut in 'The Rose of Panama', but this and her subsequent play 'The Bridal Path' (1913), were conspicuous ...

Jezebel (1938)

20. Hattie McDaniel

Actress | Gone with the Wind

After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted as a maid in The Golden West (1932). Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest (1934) and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams (1935). In this one, directed by George ...

Gone with the Wind (1939)



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