Former Disney Star Receives New Oscar After Missing His More Than 30 Years

The former Disney star Hayley Mills, 75, won a youth Oscar — a now-defunct award from the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — for his work on “Pollyanna”, but lost the statuette more than 30 years ago. This week, she finally received a “copy” of the award.

She was 14 years old when she was the protagonist of the feature film produced by Disney. The juvenile Oscar received by her was the last one in the category. After losing the statuette, she contacted the Academy to get a new one, but the institution refused.

However, the actress’ wait is over: “Hayley Mills has been reunited with her long-lost juvenile Oscar (which she won for 1960’s “Pollyanna”). It’s the purest thing you’ll see today,” joked the official account. Academia on Twitter on Tuesday (1/11), showing the moment when the artist receives from the hands of David Rubin, president of the institution, the “second way” of the award.

Earlier, she explained how she lost the prize. “When I got back (from California, where I used to live), my figurine was gone, and I never found it again. And you know, it’s not something you can replace. They broke the mold,” Hayley told Entertainment Weekly in 2018.

She recalled that the award she received was smaller than the conventional statuette, which AMPAS no longer produces. “I talked to the Academy, and I said, ‘Well, look, give me a big one then!’ They said, ‘I’m sorry, it doesn’t work like that,’” he lamented at the time.

Upon receiving the new award, Hayley won a full-size figurine.

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