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Joan Crawford's Oscar Sells At Auction

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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