10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Academy Award’s Oscars…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Oscars

10. Marilyn Monroe may have famously sung Happy Birthday to JFK in 1962, but 1953’s Best Actress Oscar winning Audrey Hepburn’s version was the last one the President ever heard when she sang it for his last birthday in 1963.

9. Theater owners were banned from selling snacks during the run of Ben Hur, 1959 Best Picture. The movie was deemed to be too much of an artistic event to be denigrated by popcorn and candy.

8. 1962 Best Supporting Actress Patty Duke (The Miracle Worker) attended the Oscars with a good luck charm, her chihuahua, Bambi, who was hidden in a bowling bag. Duke’s Oscar winning role had only one word, “water.”

7. Cliff Robertson originated two roles on TV that were made into films which won Best Actor nominations for his replacements: Jack Lemmon in Days of Wine and Roses/1962, and Paul Newman in The Hustler/1961. Robertson finally won Best Actor himself in 1968 for Charly.

6. Gene Hackman, grabbed his Best Actor Oscar in 1971’s The French Connection, but only after the role had been turned down by six others, including Steve McQueen, Jackie Gleason, and columnist Jimmy Breslin.

5. Sacheen Littlefeather, who declined 1972’s Best Actor Oscar for The Godfather on behalf of Marlon Brando, was born Marie Cruz in Salinas, California. She won the 1970 Miss American Vampire Competition.

4. The briefest Oscar winning role was Anthony Quinn’s Supporting Actor award for Lust for Life/1956. He was onscreen for only nine minutes.

3. Two-time Best Actor winner, Tom Hanks, (Philadelphia/1993, Forrest Gump/1994), is a direct descendant of Nancy Hanks, the mother of Abraham Lincoln.

2. Vivien Leigh won 1939’s Best Actress Oscar for Gone With the Wind. For her Oscar-winning portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara, she was paid only $15,000.

1. Alfred Hitchcock was nominated for Best Director five times (Rebecca/1940, Lifeboat/1944, Spellbound/1945, Rear Window/1954, and Psycho/1960). He never won.

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