Jessica Chastain wins best actress Oscar for ‘ The Eyes of Tammy Faye’

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LOS ANGELES, March 27 (Reuters) – Jessica Chastain won the Academy Award on Sunday for best lead actress for her mascara-laden title role as the on-air preaching partner and wife of Christian televangelist Jim Bakker

The Oscar triumph for Chastain, 45, virtually unrecognizable in heavy makeup as Tammy Faye Bakker, 

Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance and capped the third Academy Award nomination of her career.

She was previously nominated for an Oscar for 2012 portrayal of a CIA analyst on the hunt of Osama Bin Laden in “Zero Dark Thirty” and her 2011 supporting role as a Southern socialite in the 1960s racial drama “The Help.”

Chastain’s latest film charted the real-life story of evangelical power couple Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, who built their PTL Club television ministry into a worldwide Christian

But their lucrative empire crumbled in a series of highly publicized sex and financial scandals in 1987,

Tammy Faye later married and took the last name of developer Roe Messner as she rebuilt her reputation through a documentary and reality show before her cancer death in 2007.

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