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The Moment When Joan Crawford Accepted Her Oscar In Bed!

A little over 75 years ago on March 7, 1946, became a STUNT QUEEN icon and a socially distanced pioneer when she won her first and only Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in Mildred Peirce. Joan accepted her Oscar from the luxurious plushness of her boudoir at home because she claims she had the flu and was following doctor’s orders to keep her glamorously sick ass in bed. And she instantly became one of the most stunningly dressed OSCUH winners of all time!

The New York Post did a 75th anniversary article about Joan Crawford snatching attention away from the other winners of the 18th annual Academy Awards without leaving her bed. Joan claimed in her autobiography that she was dealing with the flu a week before the Oscars and on the day of the ceremony, she had a temperature of 104. Joan was all done up and ready to go to the Oscars, but her doctor ordered her to stay in bed. So she slipped out of her gown and into an extremely casual lounging ensemble. The Academy sent over a photographer just in case she won and she listened to the ceremony on the radio. But Joan later came clean to writer Charlotte Chandler and admitted that her fear of losing also played a part in her skipping out on the ceremony. She really thought Ingrid Bergman was going to win for The Bell’s of St. Mary’s.

“I was afraid of losing,” Crawford told Charlotte Chandler in candid chats that would later be published in the 2008 book, “Not the Girl Next Door.” “The tension is so terrible when you’re sitting there waiting. Waiting for best actress means sitting there almost the entire evening. You have to look composed and applaud at all the right moments … Then, when you lose, and I was certain I would, you have to sit there through the last awards wearing your best face … I wouldn’t know what part to play after I heard the words that someone else had won, probably Ingrid.”

The movie The Lost Weekend scooped up several Oscars that year, including Best Picture, but it was Joan Crawford in all her chiffon-slathered stunt queen glory that ended up on front pages everywhere. Here’s Joan conquering the awards show Zoom acceptance speech long before Zoom was even invented:

Joan also said she was boozing it up that night and so she “didn’t make much sense” when talking to the press after her win. When Joan’s name was announced as the winner of Best Actress, she apparently had a miraculous recovery, jumped out of bed, and went to get her beauty touched up by her glam team who were in the next room. But that wasn’t Joan’s only iconic Oscar stunt. As anyone who has seen Feud knows, Joan’s Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? co-star and rival, Bette Davis, was up for Best Actress for her performance as Baby Jane at the Oscars in 1963. Joan did not get a nomination, but she managed to get all spotlights on her by accepting the Best Actress Oscar for Anne Bancroft who couldn’t make it to the ceremony. Bette claimed that Joan did not want her to win so actively campaigned for Anne to get it. Petty bitches, bow down! You wish you could achieve 1/100000th of this kind of shameless pettiness!

The people behind this year’s Oscars are stupid for banning Zoom acceptance speeches because one of the winners could’ve paid homage to Joan’s legendary Oscar moment by accepting their award while lounging in bed in a glamorous negligee and robe. And yes, the winner I’m imagining is Daniel Kaluuya and I’m swooning myself inside/out while thinking of that. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to start a petition to get the Academy to give Joan Crawford a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award in Oscar Antics.

Pic: Getty

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