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These Old Hollywood Oscar Dresses Will Make You Yearn For The Past

2. 1939: Bette Davis
Bette Davis won the Best Actress Oscar at the 1939 Academy Awards for her role in the romantic drama Jezebel. This was her second Oscar win, cementing her as an unstoppable force of nature in Tinsel Town. For the big event, Davis wore a stunning black dress with a bushy feather neckline that added plenty of drama. 

This dress was a massive upgrade from the frock she wore to her first Oscar ceremony just three years prior. In 1936, not believing she would win the Best Actress award she was nominated for, Davis wore an old costume designed by Orry-Kelly, who worked on films including Casablanca and Some Like It Hot. According to Vogue, she specifically chose a dress that looked like something the "hired help" might wear, in protest of the contract with Warner Bros. that she wanted to be freed from. While she was still unable to break her contract by 1939, her Oscar win that year became the first of five consecutive years she would receive a nomination.

Months later, when she was asked by The Courier-Journal what she was doing with all of her statuettes, she cheekily said she used them as door stoppers. "That's what Helen Hayes does with hers," she answered. "Keeps a door open with it. She's certainly solved the problem for me!"