Travels With Oscar
Article Written By: David Hutchings
Published in: InStyle, 10760830, Apr 2002, Vol. 9, Issue 4
“When I was nominated for To Each His Own, I wore a pale blue organza dress from I. Magnin that had a marvelous hand-painted garland. Before going to the ceremony I went to a dinner at [screenwriter] Charlie Brackett’s. And as he was ladling this glorious madeira sauce onto my baked ham, he sprinkled me liberally with sauce. Every napkin at the table was used to try to rub it out. Luckily most fell on the garland so you really couldn’t see it. But I accepted my first Oscar wearing Madeira sauce undetected by even the sharpest eyes. Winning my second Oscar was an immense moment. Very few people had won twice in those days. It’s sobering—you feel a huge responsibility with the second one.” LIFE WITH OSCAR: “They are both in a bookcase that Christian Dior’s architect built for me. I first visited France in 1957, when I attended the Cannes Film Festival. As I got off the plane and breathed the Paris air, it smelled of champagne and I knew I would stay. I had both Oscars flown here, but when the one for The Heiress arrived, it was broken off at the base. I guess when French customs saw the word ‘heiress’ they thought I was smuggling uncut diamonds into the country. It amused me so much I’ve never had it fixed.”
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