Hayley Mills

Academy Surprises Former Child Star Hayley Mills By Replacing Her Stolen Oscar

In 1961, actress Hayley Mills won an Academy Award for the title role of “Pollyanna.” She was 14 years old, and the miniature version of the traditional Oscar was special, as it was the last Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) juvenile award ever given. The Academy Juvenile Award was first given to Shirley Temple in 1935.
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The Academy gifted former child star Hayley Mills a replacement for her stolen Oscar

Hayley Mills has now won an Oscar, lost an Oscar, and received another Oscar — all for the same performance. Well, sort of. On Sunday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Mills, a former child star who appeared in a string of 1960s Disney films including The Parent Trap, with a replacement for the Academy Juvenile Award she won in 1961. Her original, miniature Oscar was apparently stolen from her London home in the late 1980s and has never been recovered.

Iconic British Actress Hayley Mills Shares Her Life in Her Memoir

It’s hard for many now to wrap their minds around it now, but in the early-mid 60s, Hayley Mills was the biggest child star on earth, a gifted actress who became an icon for being relatable rather than precociously glamorous. She starred in upbeat Disney movies such as Pollyanna, The Parent Trap and That Darn Cat (co-starring with a Siamese!) as basically the girl next door as well as grittier British films such as Whistle Down the Wind. (I can still imitate her assumed Lancashire accent as she says “You can’t call a cat Spider”!) As a child, I scoured movie magazines searching for every mention of her and had Hayley pen pals as far away as Oklahoma.

In new book, Hayley Mills looks back on her Hollywood start

NEW YORK (AP) — Not everyone who works for a big company gets face time with their so-called big boss. Former child star Hayley Mills, whose most memorable roles include the happy-go-lucky orphan in “Pollyanna” and as both savvy twins hoping to mend their family in “The Parent Trap,” called the filmmaking icon Walt Disney her boss for seven years when she was under contract with the studio.