Hayley Mills received an Oscar statuette to replace the one that disappeared from her London home in the late 1980s.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas), which awards the Oscars, posted pictures on his social networks stream showing Ampas Chairman David Rubin presenting Mills with a replacement award.
Mills won the prize – a half-size statuette called a “juvenile Oscar” – at the age of 14 for her performance in the 1960 film Pollyanna, although, as she was at boarding school in England, she did not could attend the ceremony and he was received on his behalf by Annette Funicello. She was the last actress to receive a juvenile Oscar, which had been distributed sporadically since 1934 with previous winners like Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple and Judy Garland. However, Mills said the statuette disappeared from her home in the UK while she was in the US doing the Disney Channel show Good Morning, Mrs Bliss (which ran from 1988 to 1989 and was at the origin of the Saved by the Bell series).
Mills told The Hollywood Reporter in September that the statuette “has been taken”. She added: “I went to America to do a TV show and when I came back it was gone. Of course I rocked the house, and I asked everyone who I could thinking, and I did everything I could… Maybe it will happen one day. In 2018, she told EW that “it’s not something you can replace… They broke the mould. I spoke to the Academy, and I said, ‘Well, listen, give me a big one then!’ They said, ‘I’m sorry, it doesn’t work that way.’
Mills, the daughter of established British star John Mills, had been scouted by Walt Disney Studios after appearing alongside her father in the 1959 thriller Tiger Bay; following Pollyanna’s success, she starred in a string of Disney films, including The Parent Trap and In Search of the Castaways, as well as British films such as Whistle Down the Wind and The Family Way.