The Oscars are tonight, so here are some USC winners/connections to the award.
Former USC quarterback Cotton Warburton won an Oscar in 1965 for film editing for “Mary Poppins.” Warburton was also nominated in 1954 for “Crazylegs.” He was an All-American in 1933 and inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975.
Aaron Rosenberg was also an All-American in 1933 and nominated for an Oscar for best producer in 1962 for “Mutiny on the Bounty.”
Ward Bond was a starting offensive lineman on the 1928 USC national championship team. He was in 13 films nominated for best picture, including three winners: “It Happened One Night” (1934); “You Can’t Take It With You (1938) and “Gone with the Wind” (1939).
John Wayne won th Best Actor Oscar in 1970 for “True Grit.” He didn’t actually letter in football at USC but was on the team for 2 years.
Wayne once got out of a college fight by putting ketchup in his mouth and letting it leak out.
“The guys let him go because they thought he was bleeding. He would have got away with it, if he hadn’t started to laugh,” a high school friend recalled.
Bond and Wayne were best friends since being together at USC. On a hunting trip, he was accidentally shot by Wayne. Bond left Wayne the shotgun in his will.
At Bond’s funeral, the legendary director John Ford walked up to actor Andy Devine and said, “Now YOU’RE the biggest a—— I know.”.
Devine used to attend USC swim meets because his son, Dennis, was a member of the swim team. Devine’s other son, Tad, did not go to USC but married a student who worked as secretary for the USC athletic dept.