Stolen Oscar returned to Bill Thomas
June 22, 1976: William “Bill Thomas” Petersen, left, is presented his Oscar by Los Angeles Police Officer Robert Martinez at a police property room.
Petersen, whose professional name is Bill Thomas, won the Oscar in 1961 for costume design in the movie “Spartacus.” It was taken in an $11,000 burglary of his Bel-Air home in May 1976. Two suspects were arrested.
This photo by former staff photographer Steve Fontanini was published in the June 23, 1976, Los Angeles Times.
Petersen’s June 2, 2000, Los Angeles Times obituary is online: Bill Thomas; Costume Designer Won Oscar for ‘Spartacus’
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