Many of the best-known classic film stars appeared in the 1930s, including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, and Joan Crawford.
Child star Shirley Temple (later Black) was named the “outstanding personality of 1934” at the Academy Awards.
Katharine Hepburn made the spunky Jo of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women come to life on the screen; she also starred in several other films portraying independent women.
In the early movies African American women were given only such stereotyped parts as maids.
Hattie McDaniel made the best of this situation to become the first African American to win an Oscar, for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939).