Joan Crawford in A Woman’s Face (George Cukor, 1941), one of her best performances. She portrays a bitter disfigured woman who makes her living by blackmail. A plastic surgeon takes an interest in her and through plastic surgery (and the type of miracle only found in the movies) corrects the disfigurement. With a different face, she begins to have a different life.
Louis B. Mayer, the head of MGM, advised her against making the film, but it turned out to be one of her best reviewed performances
I was in a position to see the extent of her genuine interest in other people and her delight in giving pleasure.. I always felt that in whatever age or class she had been born, she would have found prominence in one role or another - that bright star would have come to the fore. - Peter Filey