In these days, people will spend a ton on publicity or get pregnant or married and get their wife pregnant to try and win an Academy Award.
Back in the day though, this permanent A+ list mostly movie actress with A++ list name recognition convinced the voting members that she was in the hospital and barely clinging to life.
Remarkably she was fit and ready to accept the award and partied for 72 straight hours afterwards.
As Hollywood legend has it, Joan Crawford feigned illness before the 1946 Academy Award ceremony. Nominated for her starring role in Mildred Pierce—which many people considered her comeback vehicle after a two-year absence from the screen—Crawford believed that Ingrid Bergman would win the Oscar for The Bells of St. Mary’s and did not want to be present for the loss. After discovering that she had won, however, she reportedly applied her makeup and invited members of the press into her bedroom as she accepted her statuette in bed.
Can you guess how much the legendary Oscar—the only Academy Award that Crawford won in her nearly five-decade career—sold for on the auction block on Tuesday? The answer: $426,732. – Source