Joan Crawford's Oscar Sells At Auction

When Joan Crawford was nominated for Best Actress for the movie Mildred Pierce, she was so nervous that she skipped the Academy Awards ceremony. Tuesday night, her Oscar sold at auction for $426,732.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Our last word today in business today is poison - as in box office poison. That's what Joan Crawford was once called by theater owners. But she showed them with her comeback movie, "Mildred Pierce."

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

When she was nominated for Best Actress, Crawford was so nervous, she skipped the Academy Award ceremony. Last night, her Oscar for "Mildred Pierce" sold at auction for $426,000.

GREENE: And here's what John Crawford said about that Oscar - "I deserved it."

INSKEEP: As do you, David.

GREENE: Thank you, Steve. Well, you deserve the business news each day, on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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