Hayley Mills' Stolen Oscar Replaced by Film Academy After 40+ Years

Hayley Mills has had her Oscar statuette replaced by the Academy after it was stolen in the mid-80's. Mills began her career as a child actress in the early 60's, and though she has taken fewer projects since the early 90's, the 75-year-old can be seen in recent projects like the 2019 Wales-set series Pitching In and the Sky original film Last Train to Christmas, which came out in 2021. Her most notable role was playing twin sisters who swap places in the original version of The Parent Trap, which was later remade in 1998 with Lindsay Lohan.

In 1961, Hayley Mills won the last ever special Oscar for Outstanding Juvenile Performance for her role as the title character in the 1960 adaptation of Pollyanna. The award was presented to her by Shirley Temple herself along with Annette Funicello, who starred alongside Frankie Avalon in a series of beach party movies in the 60's. Unfortunately, in the late '80s, when the London-based actress was in the United States filming Good Morning, Miss Bliss (the show that later became Saved by the Bell), her Oscar was stolen.

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Per THR, the Academy has finally presented Hayley Mills with her Oscar for a second time. She had mentioned the statuette's disappearance during a podcast guest spot promoting her memoir Forever Young, which came out in September 2021, and the Academy saw fit to surprise her. Academy president David Rubin presented her with a brand new Oscar for Pollyanna during a visit to their Beverly Hills headquarters.

After winning the special award for Pollyanna (for which she also won a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer - Female), Mills was never nominated for a proper Oscar. However, she had won a BAFTA the year before for her performance in 1959's Tiger Bay. Since then, she has acted on stage, film, and television, but without the same kind of recognition she received as a child.

It speaks to Hayley Mills' state of mind about her early career that she hadn't requested a replacement Oscar directly. However, this is an excellent way for the Academy to properly begin their lead-up to this year's ceremony. Their competitor, the Golden Globes, has taken huge hits this year, not even airing a ceremony, so while they have less to do to impress viewers, they are going to have to make sure they make all the right steps to prevent going the way of the HFPA.

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Source: THR

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