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Mon, 21 Feb 2011 20:16:47 GMT | By Francis Whittaker
Debut Academy Award winners

Mercedes McCambridge

Mercedes McCambridge (© SNAP / Rex Features)
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  • Gale Sondergaard (© SNAP / Rex Features)
  • Katina Paxinou (© SNAP / Rex Features;)
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  • Mercedes McCambridge (© SNAP / Rex Features)
  • Shirley Booth (© SNAP / Rex Features)
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Best Supporting Actress (1949) for All The King's Men

McCambridge started her career in radio, and was branded 'the world's greatest living radio actress' by the legendary Orson Welles. She received widespread acclaim for her screen debut in All The King's Men, which earned her an Academy Award, and later voiced the demon Pazazu in The Exorcist - the devilish being who famously possessed Linda Blair's character in the horror classic.

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