Youngest Academy Award Winners

Celebrity Q&A
on December 17, 2006

Q Who is the youngest person to ever receive an Academy Award? My husband says Shirley Temple, but I think he's wrong.
—Abbie R., Boaz, Ala.

He's not completely wrong—but not completely right, either. Five-year-old Shirley Temple received an honorary "Special Oscar" in 1934, but it was not in one of the official Academy-voted competitive categories. Otherwise, the record-holder is Tatum O'Neal, who was 10 when she took home the Best Supporting Actress Award in 1973 for the movie Paper Moon. Thirty-three years later, O'Neal's still in the game. Her latest project: playing a devious spurned lover on the series Wicked Wicked Games on the new MyNetworkTV network.

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