Edna Purviance's bio

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Academy to stop sale of Mary Pickford Oscars

The Academy of Motion Pictures has filed a suit to try to stop the sale of two Oscars once given to silent film star, Mary Pickford. The first one in 1930 for Best Actress and her 1975 Honorary Oscar.

Pickford was one of the original founders of the Academy and played an important role in its history.

In 1950, the Academy created a law that they would have first right to buy any Oscar place on market for $10 each. This was their way to keep the Oscars from being cheapen by selling them. The heirs of Mary's family want to sale the Oscars now, and even wanted $500,000 for just one of them.

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