The surprising success of The Three Faces of Eve unleashed numerous films and stories to come about multiple personalities. In 1957, delving into mental illness was a more controversial proposition, and The Three Faces of Eve broke disturbing new ground for Hollywood. Joanne Woodward, who would later play the psychiatrist treating Sybil in that 1976 classic about a woman with multiple personalities, won an Oscar as a woman with three personalities: a mousy housewife, a party girl, and a sophisticated matron. The film also represented a growing cultural trend of examining the psychological toll on women of the constricting gender roles of the 1950s.
by Michael Betzold review