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Charlize Theron, 'Monster'

Charlize Theron, 'Monster' (Best Actress, 2003) Charlize Theron's Best Actress victory for "Monster" was far from titillating. She put on weight and underwent extensive makeup to play real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who became a prostitute and murdered seven of her johns.

10 Prostitutes Loved by Oscar

Good news for Anne Hathaway. Her Oscar hopes aren't diminished for portraying a shady lady in "Les Misérables." In fact, they're hiked, considering Golden Naked Boy's shameless history of embracing actresses who play strumpets. Previous winners range from comic to dramatic, heroines to villainesses, and they go all the way back to the very first Oscars in 1928.

Click through our gallery to see 10 actresses who have won for working the world's oldest profession. -- By Daniel Montgomery and Tom O'Neil, goldderby.com