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Janet Gaynor “Naturally, I was thrilled but being the first year, the Academy Awards had no background or tradition, and it naturally didn’t mean what it does now. Had I known then what it would come to mean in the next few years, I’m sure I’d have been overwhelmed. At the time, I think I was more thrilled over meeting Douglas Fairbanks.” (Gaynor on receiving the first Academy Award for Best Actress in 1928).


Janet Gaynor - (1906-1984) born Laura Augusta Gainor. Film star and first Oscar winner 1927. Stage, Broadway, TV actress and painter.